Here’s the newest member of the collection. Her name is Silka c. 1964. All of the drawings are named after Mom’s models, friends and family. Silka was my grandmother. Mom’s mom. Unlike this willowy drawing, Silka was 4’10” and quite stocky. But she exuded the confidence seen here. She was born in 1883 in a town called Little Constantine near Kiev Russia. When she was 15, she started a business making corsettes. She and my Grandpa Lazar immigrated to the US in 1904. She wasn’t happy here and longed to go back. Lazar agreed and they did, but upon returning after a while, she realized she had made a mistake and in 1907, they returned and settled in Brooklyn. She was a business woman and had several dress making stores.
She wanted all four of her daughters to have a career and Mom was the only one who realized that. She was so proud of her. Like Mom, Silka was way ahead of her time. So every time you look at this beautiful drawing, please think of my Grandma Silka and see a little Jewish lady blazing a trail.