Looking back @ The Silk Strike, Paterson NJ 1913

the fought for: 3-8’s WORK, REST, PLEASURE

They were:
Skilled immigrant labor
cut across traditional lines of craft and sex

The convergence between art, socialism, the women’s movement and the industrial union movement, the personal and the political defined the silk strike of 1913. The feminist movement and the industrial union movement were transforming America in 1913; IWW strikes and the battle for women’s suffrage were the symptoms and the instruments of progress.

2017:  how many workers in the gig economy have 8 hours of work, 8 hours of rest and 8 hours of pleasure?

silk mill workers assemble for a rally outside the Botto House.

Body Banners: personal free speech wearables.

frau fiber’s sample Kaftan Body Banner, made from t-shirts, jersey remnants and muslin.



  • Materials: MAKE DO
  • Techniques: stencil / simple rectangle garments, up-cycling over printing on t-shirts.
  • Stencil your message on a:
    • hat
    • scarf
    • kaftan
    • t-shirt, cape
    • sash
    • halter tops

Sunday Feb. 5, 2:30-5:30 Building 61, Makers Space, Main Boulder Public Library, Boulder CO  Hosted by Faux Frau Steven Frost

Saturday Feb. 11, 12-4 pm The Center, Long Beach CA. Hosted by Frau Fiber or Long Beach Faux Frau’s

Thursday Feb. 16, 5-7 pm, The Main branch of Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach CA. Hosted by Frau Fiber or Long Beach Faux Frau’s

Library participants made Boulder Bicycle Caps


Gloria, Emma, Marbely, Jokson and Chase.

Sunday Feb. 19, 5-9 pm, ILGWU, 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA.  Hosted by Frau Fiber or Long Beach Faux Frau’s.

anonymous Body Banner participants:




Tuesday Feb. 21, 6-8 pm, Maker Hub, Harper Hall, Colonnades Neighborhood, Elon University, Elon NC

Saturday Feb. 25, 11 am – 3 pm, Thank You For Coming, 3416 Glendale Blvd LA.  Hosted by Los Angeles Faux Frau’s and Frau Fiber.


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