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“Backyard Washing”, by Goldie White

Client: TIMEFRAME: Before the invention of washing machines, how washing was done using the jukking board Date: May 25, 2013 Category:
Backyard Washing by Goldie White

“Backyard Washing”, as the name suggest shows a washboard in a basin. A washboard is a tool designed for hand washing clothing. The traditional washboard was constructed with a rectangular wooden frame in which are mounted a series of ridges or corrugations for the clothing to be rubbed upon. For 19th century washboards, the ridges were often of wood, but by the 20th century, ridges of metal were more common.

Washboards or juking boards were traditionally used in Barbados, and it was a common practice to wash clothes by hand or by the river on rocks, usually on Mondays. Clothes were then hung on the line to dry, as indicated in this lino print. Linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for the relief surface.

A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing is usually done by hand or with a press. This technique was used in the 1950s, and Golde White executed several lino prints as well as oil paintings and watercolors.

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