detail of a silk painted, natural dye quilt by Tali Weinberg
Gallery Exhibition and May Day Celebration at the Textile Arts Center and Oak Knit Studio Gallery / submissions due March 25th / opens Friday evening, April 29th, 2011
"May Day is a celebration of spring, rejuvenation, fertility and life—a day to dance and weave the Maypole. And it is a day to honor laborers, to mark the social and economic achievements of the labor movement in the US, and for workers around the world to celebrate their ties to an international community.
1908 photo of two girls from North Carolina who worked in the textile mills.
The oldest girl worked ten hour days for fifty cents, the younger girl irregularly.
(image courtesy of the Library of Congress)
This May Day the Textile Arts Center and Oak Knit Studio are celebrating the textile workers, artists, designers, and activists who make our world more beautiful and just—all makers tied together by the products of our labor—all makers whose work tries to do good in a multitude of ways. Artists and designers are invited to submit works for the exhibit Good Work in the Oak Knit Studio Gallery for the months of May and June that address related themes, including but not limited to labor, justice, gender, care, fair trade, the hand, immigration, skill and craftsmanship. Feel free to interpret the theme of “Good Work” broadly.
*more submission details here