- 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): Veronica Sinatinski Falls 2004 by Johnnene Maddison, London, Ontario, Hand-dyed fabric, photo transfer, hand beading and embroidery, machine stitching, 61 x 50 cm Veronica Sinatinski Falls, like many women during the war, worked at whatever jobs she could find to make ends meet. Her husband was in a TB sanatorium and, with two toddlers to support, Veronica worked at a factory that made car batteries, picked apples, and clerked in a grocery store. She also was the cashier in the employee's cafeteria in a war plant in what is now Ajax, Ontario. She knitted socks for soldiers, helped in the kitchen of the Granite club and waited on tables. I am delighted to have Veronica as my mother-in-law. Her favourite colour is blue. I added the brown because her nick name was "Brownie."
- Medium mixed media
- Support fibreframe
- Materials Not applicable
- Person / Institution Subject, Falls, Veronica Sinatinski
- Measurements Height 61.0 cm, Width 50.0 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 Veronica Sinatinski Falls
“With her husband in a tuberculosis sanatorium and two toddlers to support, my mother-in-law, Veronica, worked in a factory making car batteries, picked apples, clerked in a grocery store, and worked as a cashier in a war plant cafeteria. She knitted socks for soldiers, helped in the kitchen of the Granite Club, and waited on tables. Veronica's favourite colour is blue. I added brown for her nickname: ‘Brownie.'”