Contributions from over 50 artists have created the Quilt of Possibilities - a dynamic quilt that celebrates the Ontario Greenbelt's 5th Anniversary. Each square evokes a personal connection that each maker has with this important landscape.
The Quilt was unveiled to Members of Provincial Parliament at a reception hosted by the Honourable Steve Peters, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, on May 3rd. The Quilt is on display at Queen's Park until June 11th. Visitors to Queen's Park can view the Quilt on the fourth floor, where it will be hanging outside the public viewing gallery.
Highlights of the Quilt include a square made by recycling men's shirts into crop rows, and another that use the silk from Greenbelt-grown corn to make a corn maze. Materials and techniques used in the Quilt range from spinning and weaving, to needlework, beadin, screenprinting, and traditional quilting. The result is a tapestry that is as diverse as the Greenbelt itself.
"We have been thrilled with the way people have responded to the Quilt and been inspired to relate to the Greenbelt in a new way," said Burkhard Mausberg, President of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. "By having the Quilton display at Queen's Park, we hope to make that personal connection even stronger with audiences who come to view the House in session."
"I'm honoured to have the Quilt at the Legislative Assembly as it is a proud display of the natural richness and beauty of our Province, Speaker Peters said. "The artists involved in the Quilt have created masterpieces that all visitors to the Legislative Assembly will have the opportunity to enjoy."
The Quilt is a partner project between the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation the Ontario Crafts Council. To download a copy of the Quilt of Possibilities catalogue and to see a timelapse video of the Quilt being assembled visit www.craft.on.ca/Programs.Greenbelt.