THE JOBS PROJECT
The Jobs Project celebrates and honors the world’s workers through public murals. By creating these murals around the world, I aspire to tell the unique stories of each community’s jobs and how they’ve helped shape their cities, towns, and villages.
Work can feel small and insignificant at times, but I don’t see it that way; I see every job as serving an important purpose in the greater good. By creating large-scale murals depicting these jobs with my distinctly long-limbed figures, I hope to make these workers feel larger than life and highlight the important roles that they serve in their community.
It’s a small gesture presented in a large way to say “Thank You”.
THE JOBS PROJECT: the auto workers of jackson
The scene in my mural is from a small factory in Jackson, Michigan that made cars for Kaiser Motors for only one year, 1954. The car I featured is called the Kaiser Darrin and only 435 were built. Ever. A mere 70 mechanics worked on the assembly line at the factory.
THE JOBS PROJECT: the weaver of tétouan
When I first visited the weavers of Morocco, I was astonished at their deft command of the rickety looms they employ. Weaving a blanket basically involved two components: warp and weft. The warp threads are those held in place by the loom and remain stationary as the weft is passed over and under them. This is done quickly by the weavers with the use of foot pedals which split the warp, allowing them to quickly pass a wooden shuttle back and forth to weave the fabric. This wooden shuttle houses a small bobbin with the year they’re weaving with and the weavers use a makeshift spinning wheel to lead the yarn onto these bobbins by the hundred before the weaving begins. This spinning wheel is the inspiration behind my final design for The Weaver mural.
South haven, michigan
Partnering with students, teachers, and the local businesses, I’m painting a sprawling 50 ft. Jobs Project Mural in Baseline Middle School. It is currently in progress!
The official worldwide launch of The Jobs Project began in Tetouan, Morocco in January 2019. During my time there, I created a mural titled, The Weaver. Read more about it in my blog.
The Jobs Project continues at the 2019 Bright Walls Mural Festival in my backyard of Jackson, MI. Stay tuned as I reveal the next worker during this 5 day festival of amazing artists!
Contact me about the possibility of coming to your area to create a mural to honor your history of jobs and work. Anywhere in the world will be considered.