Quilting & Textile Art: A new spin on an age-old tradition

On Monday, I attended the first workshop of an exciting new series we are hosting here at the Women’s Centre. As part of Calgary 2012, local artists, Cat Schick and Linda Hawke, from This is My City Art Society, are inviting women to tell their stories through a variety of creative quilting and textile techniques.

The theme of the project is sleep and dreams. Participants are encouraged to question the traditional associations we have with quilts — comfort, rest, warmth, and the ability to sleep in one’s own bed at night. The goal is to raise awareness for, and give voice to, those who may not have a secure place to sleep at night.

Contribute directly to the making of the dream quilts by participating in one of the six hands-on workshops happening Monday evenings at 6pm. Or feel free to drop in for one of the open studio sessions (Monday afternoons, 1-5pm) to observe and share your ideas. Click here for the complete workshop schedule.

Completed quilts will be available for public viewing in Spring 2013.

Stay tuned for updates on the series…

Techniques include image transfers of handwritten text and drawings.

Linda Hawke reclaims donated quilts and textiles to create colorful expressions like these. I’m excited to see how the quilts turn out once the patches created throughout the series are incorporated.

Quilting and sewing circles are part of our pioneer heritage in Calgary. The project aims to use traditions of the past to shed light on contemporary realities, like homelessness.

To register, call 403-264-1155 or send me an email: tahira@womenscentrecalgary.org.

2 Responses to Quilting & Textile Art: A new spin on an age-old tradition

  1. Karin Millson says:

    Good luck with the project, the presentation online looks great, I would love to be there… to take a look … see how my schedule goes.

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