Local Artist Has Work Featured in Smithsonian Book

Written by on December 4, 2019

An artistic take on one of the most iconic photographs in history, one that includes at least three Kahnawake ironworkers, has been memorialized in a book put out by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. Carla Hemlock of Kahnawake made a detailed quilt of the ironworkers having lunch while sitting on a beam high above the streets of NY during the construction of the Rockefeller Center. Hemlock’s quilt with detailed beadwork of the photo has been included in the book entitled “Smithsonian: American Women. Remarkable Objects and Stories of Strength, Ingenuity and Vision From the National Collection.”  “I’m still trying to process it because when I saw the book and I started going through what was in there I think I dropped to the floor. I thought this was just crazy,” Hemlock said. “The items in there, I can’t even begin to tell you, it’s mind blowing.”

Hemlock made a beaded red quilt of the photo over a decade ago – it was purchased by the Museum of the American Indian in 2008 and is a part of their permanent collection. “We do have three men from our community in that photo. I always wanted to do something like my rendition of that photo. I made a quilt and all the men are beaded. It just gets the story to a wider audience about the ironworkers,” Hemlock said.

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