About Joanna Dermenjian

Joanna Dermenjian holds a Master’s Degree in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.  As a Research Associate at the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre at Toronto Metropolitan University, Joanna is investigating women’s domestic and charitable making in textiles and exploring Canadian women’s cultural legacy at the intersection of world wars and women’s labour. Her primary project explores the quilt-making operation across Canada during the Second World War, when hundreds of thousands of quilts were made by women and children and donated to the British Women’s Voluntary Service (WVS) and the Canadian Red Cross to be distributed to soldiers, civilians and hospitals in Britain and Europe.

“Quilting as to War” – Presentation of research relating to the over 400,000 quilts made by Canadian women during the Second World War and shipped to Britain and Europe for civilian and military needs. 45 minute presentation offered virtually with slideshow showcasing some of the surviving quilts along with archival photos of the women involved in this domestic charitable work on the home front. Currently booking for 2024 and 2025.

“Art Across International Borders” – Presentation about quilts made in Kingston, Ontario, Canada by skilled quilters in the 1970’s, designed by artists in Los Angeles, and now in the permanent collection of the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. Well before the term ‘Art Quilt’ began to be used in 1986, this cross border collaboration happened. How did it come to be? Who were the artists, who were the makers, and who put them all together? 45 minute presentation offered virtually with slideshow showcasing many of these quilts and the people involved in this project. Currently booking for 2024 and 2025.

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


  • American Quilt Study Group
  • Board Member – American Quilt Study Group
  • British Quilt Study Group
  • Canadian Quilters Association
  • Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites
  • Kingston Heirloom Quilters
  • Quilt Alliance
  • Ruth Singer – Maker Membership