Archive for March, 2012

Frau Model’s her hand stenciled t-shirt


before heading to the Del Amo Fashion Center.


Call to Commemorate!



February 2012 Memo to the Sewing Rebellion: Call to Commemorate!

Infiltrate contemporary garment manufacturing by commemorating the Triangle Shirt Fire of 1911.  101 years ago, the US garment industry was rocked by a factory fire which killed 146 workers.  This tragedy transformed the garment industry in the United States forever and it was the catalyst for establishing the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

Fast forward 101 years, garment workers earn less today, then their counterparts in 1911, and fires continue to break out around the world in Bangladesh, China, and India.

Take the plight of the garment worker to the streets!

Stencil a contemporary “shirtwaist”, IE t-shirts, made in Bangladesh, China or India with one of the following questions:

In your factory, are the doors locked?

In your factory, are the windows barred?

In your factory, are the elevators locked?

In your factory, do you have access to fire escapes?

On Sunday March 25 for a 12 hours shift, wear the stenciled t-shirt, go shopping at the Gap, Forever 21 or H&M, and start a conversation with anyone who reacts to your shirt.  Use this opportunity to INFORM, EDUCATE and ACT!

Simultaneously for a 12-hour shift on March 25, Frau Fiber will continue her attempt to produce 146 commemorative shirtwaists blouses on the COLLABORATIVE BICYCLED POWERED SEWING MACHINE.  She will ask shoppers in the Fashion District to donate their power in commemoration of fallen garment workers.   Look for Frau at Maple and 13th in Downtown LA.