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Imin Yeh

Imin Yeh's work explores how much unacknowledged invisible labor is actually invested in objects.
The project is a wall installation of seemingly simple white paper shopping bags. Each bag is entirely handmade, from cut up rags to rag paper, and then hand cut, screen printed with a subtle design and embossed, creased and constructed. The final bag will be fitted with a hand weaved rope.  

Yeh's project is directly inspired by a visit to a paper factory in Sanganeer, India that employed hundreds of workers to make shopping bags by the thousands in the exact same process.

Yeh is interested in how much invisible labor is actually invested objects that we do not consider. Bags in the Bay Area now are actually given a value $.10 and are outlawed as useless wasteful.  When we think of a handmade object from India, beautiful textiles and jewelry may come to mind, but not the bag that we received in the downtown Macy’s.  At the same time, “Handmade” is prioritized in American culture and is tied with premium products.   We pay good money to learn crafts such as papermaking, screen printing, letterpress as leisure enrichment activities.   

For more information about Yeh, visit her website.