“In Our Hands: Mohawk College Celebrates Women in Skilled Trades”
By Anthony Capkun
March 24, 2023 – A group of Mohawk College students marked this year’s International Women’s Day by celebrating women in the skilled trades with an illustrated poster series and art exhibition.
Students in the college’s Graphic Design program collaborated with tradeswomen across Ontario for this project, asking them to write about their career journeys. The students then artistically interpreted their subjects and their trades through art and typography.
The resulting paintings and posters are the focus of an exhibit at the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre called “In Our Hands: Mohawk College Celebrates Women in Skilled Trades”.
Working in partnership with the Ontario Building and Construction Tradeswomen (OBCT), affiliated with the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario (PBCTCO), each student was assigned a specific tradeswoman as their subject. They were tasked with creating an acrylic portrait or montage of their subject doing her work, then designing a poster to illustrate that tradeswoman’s career journey.
“Through this collaborative project, the Building Trades are proud to see the diverse showcasing of construction tradeswomen through a creative lens that gives insights into the individual crafts that build our province,” said Marc Arsenault, PBCTCO.
The exhibit opened March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day, and runs until April 15. Admission is free.