Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Rosie the riveter

Having a daughter with a degree in Gender Studies, I was already familiar with Rosie the Riveter. According to Wikepedia, Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon of the United States, representing the six million women who worked in the manufacturing plants that produced munitions and material during World War II. These women took the places of the male workers who were absent fighting in the Pacific and European theatres. J. Howard Miller's character is now considered a feminist icon in the US, and a herald of women's economic power to come.
Rosie and her slogan, "We can do it!" were featured on posters, magazines, and more.

Here she is with her lunch pail and rivetting gun, in characteristic 'We can do it!' pose.
You can imagine my delight when I came across this Rosie fabric in the sale at a local retailer!

I couldn't decide which I liked better, the pink or the red, blue and yellow, but there are two images on each panel, and at £3 each I bought both! Now all I need is for the BQL bag challenge to include a bag made with a 22" panel. The only qualm I would have about making a Rosie bag, is to wonder whether it's advisable to display an image with Rosie holding her rotary cutter next to her temple. Could I be sued for encouraging reckless rotary cutter behaviour in this Health-and-Safety-gone-mad world we live in? Watch this space.


Kim said...

This is fun fabric - glad you found some too.

anne bebbington said...

You'd probably be alright if you'd done a risk assessment first!!! :o)

katelnorth said...

Not February, Lynda - but who knows, maybe some future month!

DD said...

This Rosie the Rivetter Action figure (photographed) was brought to you by DD Enterprises, without her consent... well, at least she was useful for something in the end, women's emancipation aside. x

Patti said...

This is the logo of a very neat shop less than two hours north of me in Olympia, Washington. Bayside Quilting - http://www.baysidequilting.com/
I have both a sweatshirt and a t-shirt from them - one with one saying and the other with the other. I LOVE wearing them!

disa said...