Labor Day has been a national holiday in the U.S. since 1894, a celebration of the contributions of workers to the economy of the nation … and a welcome opportunity to get a day off from said labor. In our paper-obsessed way, it puts us in mind of the process that begins with foresters, who nurture the trees eventually transformed — via felt and wire, of course — into paper (as in the mills of our sponsor, Mohawk Fine Papers), conveyed by distributors to printers, designers and artists who in turn employ it as an infinitely expressive conveyor of meaning.
The magical potential of paper brings us joy, learning, practical tools … and forms one of the pillars of our culture. The “work” of paper is a chain of labor — something worth considering as we enjoy the holiday. We hope you enjoy yours.
Illustration by Parker Biederbeck
Learn more about the origins of Labor Day in Stephen Heller’s post here.