Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Men at Work - and Play exhibit at MQX
This quilt was juried into the Men at Work - and Play Exhibit at MQX in April.
I am thrilled! This quilt is incredibly important to me!
On November 28, 2017, in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered an apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians.
It was an amazing speech.
I wept as I listened to his words and I wept again as I read and reread them repeatedly in the making of this quilt.
With technical assistance from Carbon Art and Design, I had the text of that speech printed on fabric in a few different sizes and colours. I then sewed the fabric (the speech) into this quilt using a double disappearing 9 patch variation.
The words appliqued onto the quilt are the last three sentences of the speech. The faded letters in the last sentence are intentional, to represent the tears of our PM as he ended the speech.
This speech is a defining moment for Canada, and a defining moment for me.
After decades of feeling less than, of living in fear, of believing that I mattered less ... I knew that I was valued, accepted and OK in the eyes of my Nation.
I am so proud to be Canadian!
And I am so proud to be who I am!