Quilt of Many Countries
From a distance, there is no discernible pattern to Esther Bryan's quilt. But each of its 262 patches tells a compelling story. Bryan and a team of volunteers in her hometown of Williamstown, Ont., found that Canada boasts members of every nation on Earth. They tracked down Canadians from each country, as well as 70 First Nations, Metis and Inuit groups, to create a patch that would be unique to his or her history.
The materials they used include beads, a piece of 200-year-old German linen and even the shirt off the back of a new immigrant. The 37-metre-long quilt will be unveiled at the Museum of Civilization on April 1, 2005, then go on a cross-country tour. Visit www.invitationproject.ca for more information.