Communities are created by their surrounding dwellings and occupants. These textile works imply connection by virtue of being quilts, and may remind us of our grandmas, family, or comfort. But beyond the initial attraction, there are layers of meaning to each quilt. In the first panel, night hovers over the home and in a dreamlike state the children's drawings float across the quilt face, the teddy bear lies quietly on the floor and the fiddle and sash remember the intense dances of the day. The strong protective bear watches over the home and the sturdy tree represents the strong family ties. In the second panel the bright daylight shines on the daily activities of family in work and play. The home frames the left side and the bountiful river filled with salmon meanders through the bright landscape. The Métis inspired embroidered flowers symbolize the history and the hands with the Northwest Coast eyes in their palm denote the ideologies of wise compassion.

The design itself represents our beautiful 'West Coast', and includes symbolic representations of Aboriginal and Métis people. Aboriginal people of Canada have been regarded as guardians of the environment. For healthy families we need a healthy environment. There are also two animals that comprise the construction of the panels: in the first, the persuasive Orca; and on the second the knowledgeable eagle. Can you find them?

Judy Farrow

Designed by Connie Watts & Created by Judy Farrow
Date: 2007

Client: Government

Dimensions: 6’ x 3’ x 4”

Materials: Various Fabrics and Maple frame