Our Hands will be a recurring series of hand portraits and questions with the intention of illustrating the people that help build our products. Furthermore, this body of work is quite personal. It embodies properties that I speak about in my own art practice which are about the new immigrant experience and their adaptation to life in Winnipeg. Currently my focus is on the wave of tailors and seamstresses that came to work in Winnipeg’s flourishing garment industry in the late 1960’s and early 70’s.
5 Questions with Theresita
Charles – How long have you been a seamstress?
Theresita – I have been a seamstress for 14 years.
C – What is your job title?
T – Sewing machine operator.
C – In 5 words or less describe what you do with your hands all day?
T – Sew and hold fabric.
C – What makes your hands unique?
T – My manicure.
C – Would you change anything about your hands?
T – Nothing.
C – What is your favourite thing to hold.
T – My face.