About Joanna Dermenjian

As a lifelong maker and learner, I am interested in understanding and sharing how women, both historically and in the present day, use stitching to nurture and restore themselves and to create community with other women for individual and collective well-being.  I am also looking at how women use everyday domestic textiles to tell the stories of their lives.  My recent research has led me to rediscover a little known ‘making’ by Canadian women, the thousands of quilts made and donated to the Canadian Red Cross during WWII.  Through sharing my research, I endeavour to encourage women to consider why our making is important and how it connects us back to our ancestors and forward to future generations.