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Title

Sweating the women, from The D'Oyley Show

1979


Artists

Women's Domestic Needlework Group, Sydney

Australia

Marie McMahon

Australia

1953 -

Frances Phoenix

Australia

1950 - 2017


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.


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


Artist information

Women's Domestic Needlework Group, Sydney

Works in the collection

10

Artist information

Marie McMahon

Works in the collection

25

Artist information

Frances Phoenix

Works in the collection

10


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Macushla Robinson, See you at the barricades, Sydney, 2015, 12 (illus.), 47. illustration is a detail

Anna Waldmann, Project 39 - Women's Imprint, Sydney, 1982. no catalogue numbers; not paginated