Material Witnesses – Teresa Barkley

Teresa Barkley

The Triangle

36” x 36”

2011

Machine pieced, hand appliqued, hand quilted, hand embroidered, stenciled, painted

Cotton, including 3 vintage prints. The quilt also includes acrylic paint.

The triangle is a shape often used for traditional patchwork. It also represents the Greek letter “delta,” used as a symbol to signify “change.” When it is capitalized, “The Triangle” represents The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory – the site of a devastating fire that claimed the lives of 146 workers, mostly women, on March 25, 1911, in New York City. In the aftermath of the fire, changes were made in labor laws to provide for greater workplace safety. This quilt includes 100 triangles to commemorate the centennial of the fire, and it was designed to resemble a postage stamp.

 


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