bread and roses
THE BREAD DRIED THE ROSE DIED, 2018
Knitted Tabard, Kevlar & Cashmere
"What the woman who labors wants is the right to live, not simply exist — the right to life as the rich woman has the right to life, and the sun and music and art. You have nothing that the humblest worker has not a right to have also. The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too. Help, you women of privilege, give her the ballot to fight with." - Rose Schneiderman, 1912
This phrase, spoken by labour union leader Rose Schneiderman during the 1912 textiles strike in Massachusetts identified the need for women workers to be able to live and enjoy the richness of life, beyond simply existing.
Unfortunately, we’re still fighting for the same (now dried) bread and (dead) roses.
The image on the tabard depicts a woman embracing another, whilst holding the a strand of wheat (front)
and a single Rose (back). Showing the importance of community and solidarity.
It was worn as a protest piece to the Processions Womens March, London in 2018.
This piece was featured in the Surface Design Journal Fall 2018, in the article
DO NOT TOUCH by Freddie Robins