Los Angeles

Jerri Allyn

Pasquini’s Cappucino, Matsuno Sushi And Vickman’s Cafeteria

Jerri Allyn is a California feminist who for several years has been working with the performance group the Waitresses, doing political pieces in galleries, at parties, in eating establishments, and on the street. Allyn is interested in service (coin of the realm for most women)—its beatitudes, its degradations, and its parallels with mothering and whoring. A year ago, she began to withdraw from live performance to work on costumes—especially aprons—for the Waitresses. This work recently expanded to “Apron: a covering worn in front to protect,” a series of posters produced as part of a feminist graphics project called “Public Announcements/Private Conversations.”

The project, which centers on bringing women’s personal feelings to light through graphic art in public places, was designed by Sheila de Bretteville. Following de Bretteville’s guidelines for the project, Allyn produced three sets

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