The Clothesline

Food, Fiber, Air, & Soil

An installation from artist Brenda Baker

Coming Spring 2024

The Clothesline: Food, Fiber, Air, and Soil, an installation by artist Brenda Baker, highlights the hard work done in our community by people who work in agriculture. The installation is made up of hundreds of pieces of used work attire donated by agricultural workers, which act as stand-ins for the unseen people whose labor produces the food we eat. Be immersed in the farmer's lives as you walk through and read their authentic stories.
  • Sugar House Creamery: A Clothesline Story
  • Lewis Family Farm: A Clothesline Story
  • Blue Pepper Farm: A Clothesline Story
  • Boquet Valley Farm & Apiary: A Clothesline Story
  • Tangleroot Farm: A Clothesline Story

The Clothesline: Food, Fiber, Art, & Soil

Calling all farmers, beekeepers, maple tappers, and other agriculturalists

Want to be a part of The Clothesline? Clothing drop off locations include:

  • The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, NY
  • Whallonsburg Grange, Essex, NY
  • Sugar House Creamery, Jay, NY
  • Whitten Family Farm, Stockholm NY

Please leave donated pieces in specially marked bins at each location. Then, take a brown tag, fill out your name, a brief clothing story, and other pertinent information and leave it with/in your donation.

Have questions regarding The Clothesline? Contact Lillian Dechene.

Tyler Eaton
Blue Pepper Farm, Jay, NY

Chicken harvest uniform

Shannon Eaton
Blue Pepper Farm, Jay, NY

This shirt was a gift. The perfect layer, worn with reckless abandon, without fear of dirt or sweat or wear and tear. It is missed but replaced.

David Bronner
Asgaard Farm & Dairy, AuSable Forks, NY

Winter work shirt

Margot Brooks
Sugar House Creamery, Jay, NY

This jumpsuit was my first piece of women's workwear, gifted to me by my mom when we first started Sugar House Creamery. It has been worn for many a milking & has been patched & mended over the years. 

Derrick Wrisley
ADK Hay & Grain, Essex, NY

This hoodie was worn for a year in rotation on the farm. It's dirty with corn dust and hay dust. We wear it during the cold weather while we clean corn and move hay!

Daniel Whitten
Whitten Family Farm, Winthrop, NY
Addison Bickford
Tim McGarry
Boquet Valley Farm & Apiary, Essex, NY

Second-hand t-shirt used to work in the Apiary on a hot day.

Adam Reed
Tangleroot Farm, Essex, NY

This t-shirt is one of the original shirts made in the first year of Tangleroot Farm (2013). It has the original logo and shows the work that's been put in over the years. It sat on my shelf long after its usefulness as clothing & I'm glad to see it serve a final purpose in representing the farm again.

Adam Hainer
Juniper Hill Farms, Westport, NY

My daily work pants.

Gail Brill
Saranac Lake

I started the Farm 2 Fork Fest to connect consumers to the food that local farms were growing.

Nathan Henderson
Reber Rock Farm, Essex, NY

Worn for 10 winters throwing hay, fixing things. Lots of kneeling, lots of wiping; grease, oil, blood, viscera.

Harriet Brooks
Sugar House Creamery
Upper Jay, NY
Cherie Whitten
Whitten Family Farm
Stockholm, NY

Durable denim skirt worn maybe 10 years picking veggies, cultivating, planting, transporting in greenhouses, washing and packing veggies, and on my knees praying for wisdom, strength & truth.

Nancy Battaglia
Lake Placid, NY

Well used garden gloves with holes in some fingers and local dirt! used to plant & harvest a variety of different things including hops for local breweries.

Brenda Baker
Pikes Peak Farm
Ridgeway, WI

My family is a Carhartt family through & through. I bought 3 pairs of these exact pants on sale - and rotate them when I'm cleaning the goat barn, tending to the orchard, or pulling weeds in the garden.

Paul Versnic
Grandview Grass-Fed, Inc.
Essex, NY
Lisa Colby
Colby Farm
Newbury, MA

This shirt was worn on the farm to move hay, straw and tend to the pigs and cows.

Amish Dress
Nathan Henderson
Reber Rock
Essex, NY

Original purpose: increase sales thru advertising. Better at sun protection, sweat absorption, rain shield, newly-visible scalp protector.

The Wild Center's programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.