Public T-Shirt Works
This performance piece was done in the San Jose State Art department pavilion, and allowed me to sew shirts for a day in the hot sun. It was done as a means of draw attention to the injustices that exist with many produced goods. I hoped to specifically bring attention to sweatshops in Asia, Central, and South America, and other countries with large textile industries. This process was chosen because it put me in an uncomfortable setting and I hoped to mimic on some level the poor working conditions and long hours that many workers face in the sweatshop industries.
photo credits to fellow artist and friend Amiee Santos
piece about the problems associated with the denim industry. Many workers around the world in denim factories are diagnosed or die from Silicosis. This is due to the sandblasting practices used by many denim manufacturers, and the lack of safety equipment and information issued to workers. This piece is made from fired and unfired ceramic pieces. the unfired ceramic pieces(the jeans on the wall) represent the link to silicosis, because exposure to large amounts of unfired clay dust causes silicosis for the same reasons that the sandblasting medium causes it.
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