Sweating the women, from The D'Oyley Show
Women's Domestic Needlework Group, Sydney
1950 - 2017
This poster is filled with imagery emphasising the impact of the industrial revolution on the textile industry and, subsequently, the lives of women. Two photographs are reproduced. One shows a group of women working in a 1930s 'sweatshop' and another shows an isolated 'outworker' hunched over her sewing machine in her Melbourne home, surrounded by garments to be stitched. The cogs and wheels of manufacturing engulf them, symbolising the loss of control women have sustained in the production and use of textiles, due to industrialisation and mechanisation.
The aim of the Women's Domestic Needlework Group was to highlight the devaluation of the complex skills and knowledge handed down through generations of women, only to be replaced by mass-produced goods made by unskilled labourers.
colour screenprint on thin white wove paper
72.8 x 48.0 cm image; 79.1 x 51.3 cm sheet
Not on display
© Marie McMahon and Frances (Budden) Phoenix with the Women's Domestic Needlework Group
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Project 39 - Women's Imprint (1982), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Oct 1982–31 Oct 1982
See you at the barricades, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 May 2015–29 Nov 2015
Ewa Pachucka 'Arcadia: Landscape and bodies', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Mar 2018–29 Apr 2018