Unique Gift Supporting A Struggle For Justice
Posted on December 5, 2005 by Anita Roddick
Why not make a special holiday gift of a print of the extraordinarily beautiful and moving quilt portrait of a young Bangladeshi woman garment worker. The quilt, which took artist Terese Agnew two years to complete, is composed of tens of thousands of used clothing labels donated by people from all over the world.
American Craft magazine describes Agnew's "Portrait of a Textile Worker" as "one of the most important art quilts in a generation" and "a major work of conceptual art." Terese Agnew was so moved by the lives of the Bangladeshi garment workers that she is donating her limited edition of 27-by-30 inch signed prints to the National Labor Committee to sell for $50 each.
Terese and the NLC have decided to send every cent from the sale of these beautiful prints to Bangladesh to support the women garment workers in their struggle to win one day off a week, to end the beatings, to be paid correctly and to receive their legal paid maternity leave.
So, this is not only a rare and beautiful piece that can be appreciated for a lifetime, it is also a gift that will support the struggle for justice of some of the hardest working women anywhere in the world-who are also some of the poorest and most abused.
To order copies of the print, to see the quilt, to review articles and find out more about the National Labor Committee’s work, please visit the National Labor Committee’s website
“To say that it is one of the most important art quilts in a generation is to say not nearly enough. It is a major work of conceptual art, a gesture of tendentious activism and an object of surpassing craftsmanship... From a distance, we can imagine being in the depicted space, perhaps even being in the worker's shoes. We see her as a fellow human being in a real place." American Craft
*The quilt is both beautiful and disturbing and succeeds in a way that few conceptual artworks do... The hope, Agnew says, is to make an immediate and tangible connection between the things we buy and the people who make them, between the names on labels and the nameless people who all too often suffer unimaginable abuses." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel