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Title

Sweating the women , from The D'Oyley Show

1979

Artists

Marie McMahon

Australia

1953 –

Frances Phoenix

Australia

1950 – 2017

  • Details

    Date
    1979
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    colour screenprint on thin white wove paper
    Dimensions
    72.8 x 48.0 cm image; 79.1 x 51.3 cm sheet
    Credit
    Purchased 1981
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    175.1981.4
    Copyright
    © Marie McMahon and Frances (Budden) Phoenix with the Women's Domestic Needlework Group

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    Artist information
    Women's Domestic Needlework Group, Sydney

    Works in the collection

    10

    Artist information
    Marie McMahon

    Works in the collection

    26

    Artist information
    Frances Phoenix

    Works in the collection

    10

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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