- 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 (recto): J Maddison (verso): Margaret Ashton Fiddler 2004 by Johnnene Maddison, London, Ontario, Hand-dyed fabric, photo transfer, hand and machine stitching, hand beading 63 x 47 cm Margaret Ashton Fiddler worked as an air traffic controller assistant, also known as a B stand. Margaret is from Winnipeg and in 1943 she was interviewed and voice tested along with other girls to see if they were right for the job. She was sent to Montreal for training in meteorology, teletype operation and air traffic control theory. She had difficulty finding a place to stay and remembers that, "whenever you couldn't get way you wanted, the standard reply was 'Don't you know the war is on?'" After her training period she was asked where she wanted to work. Margaret replied she would like to be sent either to Winnipeg, Edmonton or Regina. She was sent to Moncton, N.B. Later, Margaret was sent back to Montreal where she saw the first jet aircraft, the Gloucester Meteor take off from Montreal and reach Ottawa in 14 minutes. She and her coworkers were always impressed with the Female Ferry command pilots from the U.S. "They had the smartest uniforms." Women's jobs were terminated as soon as they married "without so much as a by your leave." Margaret's favourite colour during the war was yellow. Thank you to Jim Vollans and Bruce Alexander for photographs of WWII aircraft.
- Medium mixed media
- Support fibreframe
- Materials Not applicable
- Person / Institution Subject, Fiddler, Margaret Ashton
- Measurements Height 63.0 cm, Width 47.0 cm
- Related activity War work
- Caption Margaret Ashton Fiddler
“In 1943, Margaret interviewed and voice tested to be an air traffic controller assistant. Successful, she went to Montréal for training in meteorology, teletype operation, and air traffic control theory. But Margaret had difficulty in finding a place to stay. She said, ‘the standard reply when you couldn't get what you wanted was, don't you know there's a war on?' Margaret's favourite colour during the war was yellow.”
- 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.