The Absence of Women’s Work
From the body of work entitled We Read in the House Our Fathers Built
In the early binderies women would fold and stitch, fold and stitch, fold and stitch, for upwards of 12 hours. Women were not allowed to work leather, use the boiling caldrons of rabbit-skin glue or cut the milled boards. They would sit days in and out with their bone folders and needles always stitching and sewing. This piece is entitled ‘The Absence of Women’s Work’ because the leather is worked, the board cut, glue applied yet there are no pages folded or stitched.