Villa Salin

The Ladydrawers joined the Finnish FEMSKT crew in Helsinki’s Villa Salin in November for a three-day research extravaganza, and it was like a little queer comics utopia, except for the math and the sauna being all the way outside.
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At Ida Salin’s house, there’s a secret stairway that goes from her bedroom directly to the domestic worker’s bed.2014-11-24 19.36.59

Here’s the hallway a Villa Salin.2014-11-24 19.42.06Some art.
2014-11-24 19.42.25More art.  2014-11-24 20.23.30 This may be Ida Salin, turn-of-the-last-century-button-magnate-and-potentially-closeted-lesbian? Unclear.2014-11-25 09.09.24 The view from the kitchen.2014-11-26 18.34.33 Our work. Surprise! It involved a lot of lists and charts.
2014-11-26 18.36.13 As usually, much of our super fun time was devoted to math.2014-11-26 18.37.02 Just a collection of reading materials, you know, how we roll.2014-11-26 19.58.14 - Version 2 If you make a serious request of the FEMSKT or Ladydrawers crews, you will get free jokes about cats.1502867_10153313297747004_3013001930926798940_o Talking about parenthood and comics.10714270_10153313286552004_5157963481187279986_o - Version 2 Prepping the survey.10830220_10153313294882004_3491965605404604192_oKaaha, the cutest baby in the world, tried to distract us from collecting data on parenthood and comics. NICE TRY, CUTE BABY.


Kaaha, by Laura Kenins.

Women don’t read comics, and other false beliefs


The FEMSKT crew and Anne Elizabeth Moore (representing The Ladydrawers) gave a talk at Naisasialiitto Unioni after research residency at Villa Salin called, “Women don’t read comics and other false beliefs.” It was written up, comics-style, by the delightful Hanna-Piritan, more from whom can be seen here.

Read the full version (in Finnish) here. There’s a peeing man in it, so.

VOLKSMODE book launch at das weisse haus!


The Ladydrawers book launch at das weisse haus, supported by Departure: Anne Elizabeth Moore gave a brief introduction to Our Fashion Year to set up her look at Austria’s mens’ fashion.


The crowd for the talk, some of whom came after the short radio spot on Ö1, yay!Volksmode_11_bw

Our panel included Stephan Hilpold, Hermann Fankhauser, and VOLKSMODE artist Simon Häussle, moderated by Brigitte Felderer.Volksmode_13_bw

Das weisse haus had redecorated the salon area, and did it up with some flowers for the event.
Volksmode_14_bwHilpold (feft), Felderer (center), and Fankhauser (right) discussing Austrian mens’ fashion.


Friday: VOLKSMODE 2014 Launch!

The press release for the Friday event is below, and very exciting.

Departure Studio 2014: A History of Viennese Male Fashion and its Evolution
21.11.2014, 16h
Kriehubergasse 24-26, 1050 Vienna
The American author, journalist and art theorist Anne Elizabeth Moore is a participant in the “departure studio 2014: Interdisciplinary Vienna”, a scholarship program for young international curators and theorists, organized in cooperation with studio das weisse haus and departure, the creative unit of the Vienna Business Agency.

Her investigations focus on the history of Viennese men’s fashion: Moore examines the effects of globalization and other economic phenomena in the world of fashion. The results of her research, which she will present for the first time in November in Vienna, are visualized by graphic artists and illustrators – among them Simon Häußle – and will be shown on the occasion of her lecture.
In her 24-page, nonfiction comic VOLKSMODE 2014, produced by the loosely bound comic collective “The Ladydrawers”, Anne Elizabeth Moore shows “how the global systems of women’s labor impact men in Austria, neither known as a fashion locale nor a garment production center. By investigating how the production and supply chains operate in unexpected locations – by way of oral histories from key, local figures – we can see the true scope of these global industries” (

This will be followed by a panel discussion on the evolution of Viennese fashion styles for men.

Hermann FankhauserWendy&Jim
Hermann Fankhauser, fashion designer, founded the label Wendy&Jim together with Helga Ruthner after his studies with Helmut Lang. Aside from his activities as head designer at Wendy&Jim, Hermann Fankhauser teaches at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Simon Häußle, Drawing & Illustration Vienna
Simon Häußle is working as a drawer and illustrator in Vienna since 2005. In addition to his own practice, he is part of the group Tonto and runs the Kabinett Passage at MuseumsQuartier Wien with colleagues.

Stephan HilpoldDer Standard
Stephan Hilpold runs the weekly lifestyle insert RONDO at the daily newspaper Der Standard. He has taught several courses about theatre and fashion at the University of Vienna and at the University of Art and Design Linz.

Anne Elizabeth Moore
Anne Elizabeth Moore is a cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions including at the MCA and in the Whitney Biennial, as well as on CNN, NPR, and in the New York Times. She recently completed a year-long comics journalism series for Truthout called Our Fashion Year that connects the international garment trade to the international sex trade.

Moderator: Brigitte Felderer
Brigitte Felderer, curator, teaches at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her exhibition projects focus on themes within the field of cultural history and technology and have been shown internationally.


Anne Elizabeth Moore:

Simon H. posted a few mockups from his VOLKSMODE 2014 contributions here.

Originally posted on SIMONs HAUS BLOG:


Some of the pages from Anne Elisabeth Moore’s recent Lady drawers book/zine VOLKSMODE, that I was part of together with Delia Jean. You can order it here! Anne takes a deeper look at the various connections and aspects of Austria’s fashion history and what it comes down to today. There will also be a panel discussion in the course of Vienna Art Week at Das Weisse Haus on the 21st.

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