Fabulous story! I will pass along your story to Erika. She'll be so pleased.
This is exactly the commentary that she is hoping to capture.
I was at an art opening tonight and spoke at length with Erika about the
intent of her artwork. I had originally thought that she was making a
wall-sized weaving, but this is not true. She is planning to sew the labels
together and the weave them into a sort of cloth that she will design into
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Sent: Friday, December 08, 2006 9:02 PM
Subject: Re:[teacherartexchange] Call for clothing tags for conceptual art
>I find this piece interesting due to the fact that my mother and father
>went into bankruptcy because of garments going over seas. They owned a
>sewing factory and made mostly ladies blouses in the 70's and into the
> This was a devastation to our family. While growing up I worked in the
> factories. I was trained to buy US garments and to look at the labels. I
> still find myself doing so. When I find a made in the USA label I am
> excited and may by it just for that reason.
> My father, 20 + years later, still has the sewing machines, crates, and
> fabric stored for memories. I believe he may even have labels. The labels
> bear the ILGWU
> International Ladies Garment Workers Union
> I have a few blowses that I keep as a reminder of a lost industry in
> I would love to send you labels. When I go to my dad's over the break I
> will ask him if he has any labels. (If this is waht she is looking for.)
> Let me know
> This gives me insprition to do a piece on the extinct US garment industry.
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