All In A Day's Work: Conclusion


Wooden Bootjack with Brands, Barney Argyle. Utah State Archives, 1995.

Utilizing skills learned through traditional knowledge, Utah craftspeople produce a variety of beautiful and functional objects from available raw materials. Regardless of their use, such items of occupational folk art communicate the values of an individual's chosen industry and affirm the maker's membership in a community of workers.

This exhibit focuses primarily on the occupational folklore related to Utah's historical industries, namely agriculture. However, the state motto "Industry" now includes tourism and recreation, health and wellness, distribution, game development and information technology, natural resource extraction, and film. What occupational folklore might these groups have? Are there similarities or differences with the items presented in this exhibit? Regardless, Utah remains home to "Industry" and its refined work of all varieties. 

What occupational folklore comes from your work?

We want to hear about it! Share your occupational folklore using #utahatwork and tag us @chasehomemuseum and @utahartsandmuseums


Twisted Horsehair Rope, Brett King. Utah State Archives, 2004.

But wait, there's more! Visit the Occupational Folk Art collection to check out additional items.


All In A Day's Work