Tuxedo Project

Materials/Collaborators: Billie the embroiderer showing the back of the shirt, which is embroidered with all the companies where I had been employed. The second image if of the finished tuxedo shirt showing all the dates I had worked as a waiter hand-embroidered into the shirt.
Location: Chicago, IL
Date: 2000
Description: I worked with a machine embroiderer to add information about my work history and experiences as a waiter into hidden areas of my tuxedo shirt, which I would then wear to work. Through this process, I became aware of the value of her work history and experiences as an embroiderer, and hand-embroidered her story into my shirt along with mine.