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“A Common Thread” by Mattaya Fitts

“A Common Thread” by @misfitmuses

888 sq ft. 407 Canal St, Lawrence, MA

This mural is “inspired by the city’s past and present as a manufacturing giant that has become home to many different immigrant communities over time. With textile/factory work being “a common thread” in many immigrant households (including my own family and the family who owns the building), I decided to depict a young woman passionately sewing the day and night away, adding to her headscarf (which doubles as a map). Helping her out is a Peregrine Falcon, the fastest bird known, with sub-species found all over the world. I like to think that she’s making a map of all the places she has gone and will go, creating a legacy but staying true to her roots.” — Mattaya Fitts

Thank you for sharing your talents and time with us Mattaya! You can check out more of her work at:


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