"In this era of concern for civility, decency, and family values, sweatshops are repugnant to our moral core. It is wrong to value fashion when we do not value the people who make fashion real. . . . Sweatshops reflect too vividly how we as a nation feel about the weakest among us. And it is such an 'underground' problem that there is no definitive source on how many sweatshops operate in this country. But we know this: One is one too many."

- Alexis M. Herman, U.S. Secretary of Labor, 1997


The bulk of garments made in New York sweatshops are clothes for working women, large sizes for women and garments for teenage girls. School uniforms and even Army uniforms also turned up among the worst labor violators, according to state records.

All his life Matt Dicke has been surrounded by art, and it is no surprise that he has become an artist/Illustrator. Growing up his parents taught at Bucks Rock creative arts camp, and when he was old enough he taught there too.

Since then, Matt has graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Illustration; MFA in illustration at the School of Visual Arts; he has interned with Brad Holland, and worked as an assistant to Tim O´brien and Peter De Séve. Currently he is pursuing his illustration career and learning the business of illustration by working with Vicki Morgan and Gail Gaynin at Morgan Gaynin Inc.

His work has beeen included in Society of Illustrators 44; Spectrum 9; Blue Cube Art 1; and Society of Illustrators West 41 *Bronze Metal*

Matt Dicke
(212) 475-0440

Drawings on location in Chinatown, NYC; May 2002
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