12"x12" Diptych $295 for one, or $500 for diptych


This diptych honors the tens of thousands of young women of northern New England who left their family farms in the 1800s to seek a better life in the textile mills. Despite the oppression of paternalistic mill owners and difficult working conditions, millwork put a new kind of power into women’s hands by offering economic and social independence. The “mill girls,” as they were called, were able to harness this new power in some of the nation’s earliest efforts towards labor reform through strikes, walkouts, mass rallies, and the creation of powerful workers’ leagues. - Wendy Ketchum

Mill Girls II by Wendy Ketchum