|No Labour No Bread design © Karen Thiessen, 2013|
Wheat was a major crop for Mennonites in South Russia (present-day Ukraine) and the first Russian Mennonites to migrate to North America in the late 1800s brought with them Turkey Red Wheat. When I visited the graves of my great-grandparents (and their fellow Mennonite cemetery neighbours) to take grave rubbings, I was surprised to see a number of variations of wheat engraved into the head stones. The wheat in the above image was taken from a rubbing from one of my great-grandmothers' graves that I then traced by hand and then imported into Adobe Illustrator to trace digitally.
The above image is a tongue-in-cheek twist on the "No labour no bread" plaque hanging in my childhood home. Mom & dad's version shows a man threshing wheat by hand (it's based on an old Canadian coin). Once upon a time, if you wanted bread, you had to make it yourself. Today most folks just go to the grocery store and pick up a loaf.