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Yarns of Rebellion:

Women Needling History

Spring 2007
Rosenberg Library

Webster's definition of "to needle":
to sew or pierce with a needle
to vex by sharp remarks
to goad;to incite;to annoy, as in "to needle someone into taking action"

"'Yarns of Rebellion: Women Needling History' offers a sampling of contemporary women artists using the needle arts to address social issues, from protesting the Patriot Act to engaging in the revolutionary act of teaching children to read. Like Philomena of ancient Greece who told her story by weaving it into cloth after her rapist cut her tongue so she could not speak, and all the people who spoke the truth about AIDS by creating the NAMES quilt, each artist in this exhibit raises a needle in social protest."

excerpt from the exhibition statement by Leslie Simon, Chair, Women's Studies Department

Image from the exhibit: shows a quilt

Image from the exhibit
Image from the exhibit: shows part of a quilt

Image from the exhibit: shows a a quilt made from labels

Labels R Us: "Labels R annoying, they scratch the nape of your neck, are always reminding you of your XS or XXXL....Over the past three years I've collected, been donated to, cut out, ripped out, thread worn labels. I've acquired labels that date back to the 50s and 60s along with the current GAP labels that permeate our disposable society." by Lisa Medelson

Image from the exhibit: Labels R us
Image from the exhibit: shows display cases

Image from the exhibit: shows garment worker strike

Garment Workers' Labor History: Dollar Store Strike Chinatown, San Francisco 1938

Image from the exhibit: shows a garment worker with Picket sign
Image from the exhibit: shows display case
Image from the exhibit: shows a flag with label--violence is not sacred
Image from the exhibit: shows a display case with quilts
Image from the exhibit: shows a t-shirt




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