Frau Fibers end of year sale.

Once in a life time opportunity to purchase from the Frau Fiber’s archive of past production, including fabric, up-cycled and refashioned hats, aprons, dresses, uniforms and more!

SATURDAY NOV 14, AND DECEMBER 12, 6-9 PM, and by appointment.
322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA 90802

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ILGWU 2nd Annual Lost Workers Commemoration



Wednesday March 25, 2015, the 104rd anniversary of the Triangle Shirt Waist Fire, Frau Fiber continued the production of Triangle Shirt waists blouses commemorating garment workers who have given their lives for American Fast Fashion.  This year in a 12 hour shift 7 shirts were completed.

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Labor Song Sing it Loud!

Emily Lacy and Frau Fiber ask you to join Los Angeles Walmart associates in striking on the biggest shopping day of the year!

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Friday, November 28th at 11:30 AM
Downtown Long Beach Walmart Store
151 E. 5th StreetLong Beach, CA 90802

Walmart associates struggle to get by while working for a company owned by one of the world’s wealthiest families!

Walmart associates are striking:
For better pay
For working conditions
For work place free of strong-arm tactics

Emily Lacy and Frau Fiber will support this strike by wearing Joe Hill (a symbol of the striking workers) patches and instigating a improvisational labor song sing along at the strike.

Hot soup to follow at Institute 4 Labor Generosity Workers & Uniforms 322 Elm Ave, Long Beach CA.

September @ the ILGWU: New Demands?

New Demands?
by Lisa Vinebaum

An exhibition of performance placards exploring the erosion of workers’ rights under late capitalism.


This exhibition features a series of hand made placards inscribed with slogans from historical labor struggles, many of them waged in the apparel industry, demanding an end to sweatshop conditions, good pay and benefits, workplace regulations, and collective bargaining rights. The posters were created based on archival research and are inspired by campaigns organized by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU).

New Demands? connects the current crisis in timed labor to historical struggles for workers’ rights: many of the rights that were fought for an won by workers during the first half of the 20th century — the right to collective bargaining and to freedom of association, workplace safety standards, a regulated work day and work week, overtime and vacation pay, and health benefits — have been dramatically eroded in recent years. As a result, demands for improved working conditions made during the first part of the 20th century remain relevant today.

Over one hundred years after the tragic Triangle Factory Fire in New York in 1911, garment workers around the world continue to endure unsafe and life threatening working conditions; to work long hours in non-unionized and unregulated factories and sweatshops; and to be paid below average national minimum wages. The U.S. Department of Labor found that 67% of Los Angeles garment factories and 63 per cent of New York garment factories violate minimum wage and overtime laws. Ninety eight per cent of LA garment factories have health and safety problems serious enough to lead to severe injuries or death.

This exhibition is part of the project New Demands?, an ongoing series of site-specific walking performances that commemorate histories of labor activism and highlight alarming cutbacks to workers’ rights. Many of the slogans on display at ILGWU have been previously used in these performances. New Demands? has been performed in Chicago, New York City, Grand Rapids, , Palo Alto, and Montreal, Québec.

Bio: Lisa Vinebaum is a Chicago based interdisciplinary artist and scholar working across public performance, sited interventions, social practice, textiles, and critical writing. Her work explores the social histories of labor organizing and their connections to contemporary forms of collectivity and community building, working conditions for artists, and the performance of labor in the larger context of economic globalization. Her creative work has been included in exhibitions and festivals internationally, including Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival (Chicago), Performance Studies International (Stanford University, CA), Open Engagement: Art & Social Practice (Portland State University, Portland OR), the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (Grand Rapids), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Lincoln Center (New York City), and in conjunction with Grace Exhibition and Performance Space in Brooklyn, and Articule Gallery in Montreal. Her scholarly work has been published in the Journal of Modern Craft online, Art Textiles of the World: Canada (Telos Art Publishing), and Emergency Index (Ugly Duckling Press), with forthcoming commissioned chapters in The Handbook of Textiles (Bloomsbury), The Companion to Textile Culture (Wiley-Blackwell), and Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance by Canadian Women, Volume II. She is co-editor of “Crafting Community: Textiles, Publics, Performance, Participation”, a special issue of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture (Bloomsbury 2015), and recently chaired a panel on the same theme at the College Art Association Annual Conference (Chicago 2014). She has lectured and presented papers at conferences internationally, most recently at the Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium (Los Angeles 2014), The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth (London), the College Art Association Annual Conference (New York 2013), Performance Studies International 18 (Leeds UK), the Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium (Washington DC 2012), Dis/Locations: Being Out of Place (Centre for Interdisciplinary Study, Concordia University, 2011), the Festival of Other Theatre (University of Toronto), and Radical Intersections: Performance Across Disciplines (Northwestern University, Chicago). Lisa Vinebaum holds a PhD in Art from Goldsmiths, University of London (UK), an MA in Textiles also from Goldsmiths, and a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal. She is an Assistant Professor in the department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an Associate Editor of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture.

Voces w/ Mandy Cano Villalobos

Voces (Voices) is performative installation that addresses the mass femicide in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.  The artist, Mandy Cano Villaobos, silently sits and embroiders the names of individual murder victims into white blouses.  An ongoing act of protest, Voces commemorates every documented victim between 1993-2007.  She sews each woman’s name into a white shirt with pink thread, referencing the pink crosses that have been erected throughout Chihuahua State by those who mourn the dead.  As Cano Villaobos finishes a name, she lays the embroidered shirt upon the ground.  Throughout the performance, shirts amass into a pile and point to the unending nature of femicides.

Can Vilalobos will perform Voces at ILGWU Saturday, Aug. 16 and Thursday Aug. 21, from 6-9 pm.




July residents: She and Her: Dawn Ertl, Tava Tedesco and Krista Feld


The ILGWU and Long Beach Art Exchange is happy to announce our July Artists in Residence, She and Her. She and Her is a group of artists based in Long Beach. Members include: Dawn Ertl, Tava Tedesco and Krista Feld. They will be exhibiting their art and producing new work in the space for from July 1st through July 31st, 2014.

On Second Saturday and Third Thursday She and Her will be exhibiting recent work and hosting a local artist gift shop in Site Space from 3-10pm. Site Space is a mobile art residency run by Tava Tedesco from the inside of a Portable Camper. Site Space will be parked directly in front of the ILGWU. For her resdiencyTedesco has curated a collection a local artist gift shop. Everything sold in the shop will be priced under $50.00. Items that will be sold include textiles, prints, ceramics, jewelry,books, fruit preserves, and more.


The She and Her collective will be hosting Free Knitting and Weaving Classes every Tuesday evening in July from 7-9pm. A large weaving system will be set up in the storefront that visitors can help construct. They will also be teaching weaving on cardboard looms weaving. These weaving and knitting lessons are all free and open to the public, materials will be provided but feel free to bring your own yarn/needles, frame looms etc.


On Wednesdays in July She and Her will be hosting Knitting Movie Nights from 6-10pm. A variety of techniques will be covered including: needle knitting, finger knitting, and arm knitting. Knitting movie night is a time and space for makers to come and hang out Wednesday evenings. Five different films will be screened during the month of July:

July 9 Pretty in Pink
July 16 The Happening
July 23 Whip it
July 30 Wes Anderson Film (TBD)

This event is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring crafts and snacks. A limited amount of yarn + knitting supplies will be provided.


The ILGWU continues to host The Sewing Rebellion every Sundays from 4-7pm however in observance of Independence Day it will not be held on Sunday, July 6th.

Craftswoman House

For the month of June, Craftswoman House will be in residence at the Institute for Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms in Long Beach. Save the date for these upcoming events:

Saturday June 14th, 6-10pm: Secrets and Confessions features a series of new pieces by Liz Young. For this project, Young collected private confessions from anonymous participants and embroidered their words onto the surface of found objects. Young serves as an unreliable confident as secrets are transferred from the private to the public realm. Her process reflects the way that secrets often circulate in our daily lives, and she invites viewers to divulge their own confessions as contributions to the exhibit.



Thursday June 19th, 7-9pm: Surface Tensions an evening of performance with works by Brian Getnick, Kate Hoffman, Liz Nurenberg, and Jemima Wyman. The event will feature works that address gender through body and process-based performances that explore tactile and sensory experience, skins and surfaces, narratives expressed through materials, and the intersection of fashion and performance.



Saturdays June 21 & June 28, 12-4: Liz Young will offer open workshops to introduce students to the materials and techniques of hand embroidery. She will teach students basic skills such as stabilizing and hooping, design placement, and a variety of hand stitches. During these workshops, students may choose to contribute their own secrets and confessions to Young’s exhibition.

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Craftswoman House is dedicated to fostering a dialogue on feminist issues through projects and exhibitions. CWH is inspired by collective works such as Womanhouse, and pays homage to the rich legacy of feminist art in Southern California.