bread and roses
✹ bread and roses ✹
THE BREAD DRIED THE ROSE DIED
The piece is a reference to the 1912 Textile Strike in Lawrence, Massachusettes.
The slogan is a reference to the poem Bread and Roses by James Oppenhein,
which in turn referenced in the speech by Rose Schneiderman where she stated:
“The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too”.
It signifies the desire and right to not just live to work, but to work and live.
This right is still unattainable to many women, due to unequal domestic labour and the inherently patriarchal society.
The title, The Bread Dried, The Rose Died is a reference to the same metaphorical
Bread and Roses that was fought for in 1912, but now the bread is dry and the rose is dead.
The image on the tabard depicts a woman embracing another, whilst holding the a strand of wheat (front)
and a single Rose (back). Showing the importance of community and solidarity.
It has been knitted in kevlar and cashmere, technically stab proof, it is my protective vest.
Knitted on a Shima Seiki, the digitisation of the hand drawn image into something so
unhand made is a constant area of enquirey for me.
It was worn as a protest piece to the Processions Womens March, London in 2018.
This piece was featured in the Surface Design Journal Fall 2018, in the article
DO NOT TOUCH by Freddie Robins