September 2 - December 7th, 2021
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Quilt blocks were designed to be the shape and size of face masks commonly worn during the coronavirus pandemic. Images were to decorate the front of each block and accompanying text could be added to the back panel. Each quilt block would be tied together to form one large quilt. Quilt block kits were made available for free at a number of local businesses and through the mail. Once returned, the quilt blocks were sewn up by volunteers. The project concluded at the end of April 2021 and was installed in its full length at the Homer Watson House and Gallery before travelling to other locations.
The quilt is both art and architectural space authored by hundreds of people in the Tri-City community. It provides material and space for reflection, grieving, hope and togetherness. Each block represents a unique voice, perspective and experience of life during this time. When the quilt blocks are tied together, we are making space together for each other. The hanging of the quilt makes space for stories of pain, resilience and care here in our community. It is an acknowledgement of inequality and a starting point for community healing.
A free community art project!
The quilt is currently on display at the Stanley Park Community Centre. Quilt blocks are also documented virtually on this website - see .
Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo, ON.
Everyone, young and old, who live, works, studies or has been displaced from the area due to COVID-19, etc. People who self-identified as a community member were invited to submit a block. Quilt block making took place from October 2020 - April 2021.
We’re making space for pain, resilience and care within our community.
October 2020- April 2021
Exhibition began May 27, 2021 at the Homer Watson House and Gallery.
Brenda Reid (she/they) is a recent graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. They are an emerging artist and designer based in Kitchener, ON.
Anzor S. Stash
Saffiya Kherraji Alami
Homer Watson House & Gallery
Volunteer Action Centre
Stanley Park Community Association
Wellbeing Waterloo Region
City of Kitchener
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
UW School of Architecture
Waterloo Public Library
The Adventurers Café
Brick & Mortar General Store
Media inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The quilt can also be viewed online! View the 500+ block submissions virtually.SEE QUILT ONLINE