- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Art
- Department Art and Memorials
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 2004/01/01
- Latest 2004/12/31
- Inscription (verso): The Farmeretts Brigade 2004 by Johnnene Maddison, London, Ontario hand-dyed table cloth, photo transfers, machine quilted, 111 x 82 cm The Farmeretts were high school girls who volunteered to work on farms during summer vacations from school. Most of the girls were between seventeen and nineteen years old. I interviewed eleven former Farmeretts in my home on April 4, 2004. They shared with me their stories, memories and photos of their work on farms all over Southwestern Ontario. Most of the farmers made the girls got to church on Sundays. The girls prayed for rain o they wouldn't have to work Monday. I was left with the impression that although the work was hard, the living conditions harsh and the rewards few. The girls still managed to have a great deal of fun. When viewing this wall hanging, I'm sure you'll be able to see in the photos what a good time they had
- Medium mixed media
- Support fibre
- Materials Not applicable
- Person / Institution Associated institution, Ontario Farm Service Force
- Measurements Height 110.4 cm, Width 82.2 cm
- Related activity War work
- Caption The Farmerettes Brigade
“Wartime shortages of agricultural labour led the Ontario Farm Service Force (OFSF) to recruit high school girls into the Farmerettes Brigade. Single, mobile, and available for summer work ¾ the season in which labour was most needed ¾ these girls were ideal farm labourers. I interviewed 11 former Farmerettes and learned that although the work was hard, the living conditions harsh, and the rewards few, the girls still had fun.”
- 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.