Labor Sister Sampler


Labor Sister Sampler 1824-1999

Hand and machine knit cotton
120 x 60 inches

Labor Sister Sampler 1824-1999 is a 10 foot wide knitted timeline of American labor history. Fifty motifs symbolize key moments in the labor movement for each state during the timeline. The needlework was hand and machine knitted from Nov 2015 - Aug 2016 and launched on Labor Day in 2016. The timeline in list format is linked here.

The artwork was created with the campaign initiative Artists for Hillary: Jenny Holzer, Maya Lin, Cat Mazza, Eileen Myles, Cruz Ortiz, Carrie Mae Weems and documented here. The patterns and history photographs are were archived on a now defunct microsite, and a recreation is currently in development.