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. 

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

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 the remainder of 2021 and 2022.