- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Art
- Department Art and Memorials
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 2003/01/01
- Latest 2003/12/31
- Inscription (recto): Drummond McCall & Co Ltd; (verso): Eileen Slater Larson 2003 by Johnnene Maddison Eileen Slater Larson worked for Drummond McCall Ltd. in Montreal. They manufactured steel wire, chain, and hydrants. It was impossible to get stockings during the war and the girls would cover their legs with makeup and draw a dark line up the back with an eyebrow pencil. Eileen's boss would often stop the girls; in the hall or on the elevator and ask how they were, all the time checking their legs for makeup. If he noticed the makeup, he would tell his secretary, Ethel, and the offending girl would be called to the office and told to remove the makeup. Elastic was in short supply so the ladies underwear had a button. The girls took turns serving 4 o'clock tea to the men and one girl's button popped while carrying a heavy tea tray and her underwear fell down. She impressed all the girls by flipping it up on the end of her toe, catching it in mid air and popping it into her pocket without spilling a drop of tea. Eileen asked that her piece be done in Air Force blue for her husband Andy and I added the sheer for the lack of stockings.
- Medium mixed media
- Support georgette
- Materials Not applicable
- Person / Institution Subject, Larson, Eileen SlaterAssociated institution, Drummond McCall Co Ltd
- Measurements Height 119.8 cm, Width 76.5 cm
- Related activity War work
- Caption Stitches in Time
“It is the intrinsically feminine task of mending and patching that enters my work today.” Johnnene Maddison
Through quilts, contemporary artist Johnnene Maddison interprets the unique ways in which Canadian women balanced work, family, and leisure in their wartime lives.
Johnnene Maddison's mother was one of millions of North American women, more than one million of whom were Canadian, who worked in a factory during the Second World War. Inspired by her mother's wartime experience, she searched for other women workers. Maddison found 37, each with a distinct story, but all with one thing in common: the need to balance work with family, motherhood, and leisure.
For Johnnene Maddison, quilts best express the texture of women's wartime experiences. Recycled fabrics recall women's thrift and ingenuity. The technique of photo-transfer, capturing women's memorabilia, makes each quilt a testament to personal experience. Patched and pieced together, the quilts evoke women's resourcefulness in holding together the home front while also supplying the needs of the military.
- Caption Eileen Slater Larson
“Eileen worked for Montréal's Drummond McCall Ltd., which manufactured steel wire, chain, and hydrants. Stockings disappeared during the war, so the girls drew a dark line up the back of their legs with an eyebrow pencil. But if their boss noticed makeup on the girls' legs, he had them remove it. Eileen asked that her piece be done in air force blue for her husband, Andy. I added the sheer for the lack of stockings.”