About Joanna Dermenjian

As an independent researcher and maker, I am investigating women’s domestic and charitable making in cloth and fibers. I am interested in how women have used stitching, both historically and in the present day, to nurture and restore themselves and to created community with other women for individual and collective well-being.  I am also exploring how women’s everyday domestic textiles and tools reveal stories about their lives, particularly in the 20th century. My research has led me to rediscover a little-known ‘making’ by Canadian women, the hundreds of thousands of quilts made and donated to the Canadian Red Cross during WWII.

I enjoy sharing my research about the Canadian Red Cross quilts and their importance in consideration of war history, women’s work and quilting. I have prepared a 45 minute slideshow showing some of the surviving quilts along with archival photos of the work and the home front that I present live through Zoom. I am currently booking presentations for 2022.

Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies, Queen’s University – June 2021

Member of American Quilt Study Group

Member of Kingston Heirloom Quilters