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rom Williamsport to New York: After being featured as a

part of the Art Faculty Show in the new Lycoming College Art

Gallery in December, Lynn Estomin’s multimedia art project

“SHAME” is now on display at Hartwick College in Oneonta,

New York through March 28th. The art is being exhibited as a

part of the college’s campus-wide symposium, “Health and the

Environment: Individual Courage and Community Activism.”

“SHAME is my response to runaway shops and unsafe

conditions in the global textile industry,” said Estomin. “I used

a variety of art to draw attention to the low wages and unsafe

working conditions in the production of the clothes we wear

and the stories of the women who worked in the industry.”

“SHAME” combines image transfer, an interactive website,

video, magazine ads from clothing manufacturers, donated

clothing labels, sculpture, silk-screening, stitching and

photographs to draw attention to the history of human rights

violations in the textile industry.

Another one of Estomin’s pieces, “Waterfall,” was recently

chosen for permanent installation in the Susquehanna

Innovation Center. This is the fourth purchase of Estomin’s

artwork by Susquehanna Health System. Her work is currently

displayed in the Tower and Emergency Room of Williamsport

Regional Medical Center and at Muncy Valley Hospital.

Estomin teaches graphic design, digital imaging, web

design and interactive media at Lycoming College. She

creates art about gender, social issues and the environment.

Her award-winning documentaries have been screened at

international film festivals and broadcast on PBS. Her websites

and interactive art have won awards from Adobe, the Webby

Awards, Site of the Day and Canadian Web Association.

Estomin received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of

Cincinnati, College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning.




One of the most interesting animations, rendered by Ethan

Bierly ’14, gives life to Shirley Cowher’s efforts to unionize

workers at Weldon’s in 1965. The company had, in the 1950s,

become the largest pajama factory in the world, but still

wasn’t paying the women — who were the foundation of its

success — fair wages.

The video begins by showing a group of faceless women

standing in front of the factory. A fire engine red door swings

open and a bald man with a self-satisfied smile sticks his

head out to yell, “You’re all fired!” The female narrator says,

“Fired? Fired? Weldon fired thirteen of us. Can you believe

it? Some of them worked there a lot longer than me. We were

just trying to organize a union.”

Although Cowher’s attempt failed, Weldon workers did

successfully unionize by 1968. Little more than a decade

later, however, the company closed down the Williamsport

site and moved south in search of cheaper labor.

All twelve animations, along with historical anecdotes

and a short documentary revealing the inner workings of a

contemporary garment factory, are featured on the website

for “A Stitch in Time,”

And while a lot has already been accomplished, the

project isn’t quite finished yet. “I hope to continue to work

with my students to do oral histories and add new material

to the site,” Estomin said. “The site is not intended to be

a comprehensive history of the textile industry locally or

globally; instead it provides a glimpse into a specific time

and place.”

Lycoming College Art Gallery project

moves to Hartwick College