Serpent Building and Female Mechanics

The Boxshop is a buzz again with the Flaming Lotus Girls. The Serpent is being spit and polished and is looking wonderful. The spine is being painted, beautiful hooks are being fabricated for the fuel and electric lines, poofers are being cleaned and electric connections are being upgraded. I can’t wait to see her back to her full glory again. Which will be just around the corner at the Fire Arts Festival in Oakland, July 11-14. Please come at join us if you can.

I also wanted to share a project I found recently (I think it originally was floating around the SRL list). I admired not only the project but the sensibilities of the artists behind the lens. Sarah Lyon is the photographer behind the Female Mechanics Calendar. If you haven’t seen the project you might just want to spend some quality time checking it out.  The calendar is a wonderful collection of what the title says: Female Mechanics. Not the typical Mechanics calender with women wearing dasiy dukes who don’t know what MIG stands for (metal inert gas), but real female mechanics in their shops working. Seeing is what is at the heart of photography, but it takes an act of exploration to create something more, Sarah’s work does this.

Sarah’s is continuing her project again this year, and is again setting out on her 1977 BMW R100S to travel across the country documenting women who work in the field of mechanics. She is currently looking for all types of mechanics: automobile, motorcycle, diesel, aircraft, military vehicle, scooter, bicycle, hot rod, etc. If you know of anyone who might be interested in participating in the project, please contact her:  Also take some time to look at the project and 2007 calander and her other work.

I just wanted to take a little time to highlight another artist who is looking at the world a little differently, and showcasing the importance of a girl who knows her tools.

Love and Kisses,
The Flaming Lotus Girls

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