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Wash Your Hands


A couple years ago I started collecting graphics of hands I found on signage out in the world, particularly ones containing two hands. I had an idea to use them to create a zine called Many Hands Make Light Work (which I might still do someday…), but the reality is that almost all of the graphics with two hands were from bathrooms: hand washing instructions. Not so useful for a project about labor, but strangely perfect for one about a pandemic.

So here I present 78 instructional icons about washing and drying your hands, collected between 2015–2020, assembled into four 5.5” x 5.5” booklets and an 11” x 17” poster, packaged in a riso-printed envelope.


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