Brenda Reid's community Quilt, "From Behind the Mask" captures the stories of Waterloo locals

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Brenda Reid's community quilt

Brenda Reid’s community quilt tells the story of how Waterloo Region's residents coped with the pandemic when it first began.

Called “From Behind the Mask”, each block in this quilt was made by someone in the community using fabric scraps, glue, paint and other tools. The finished product features fabric blocks in the shape of a rectangular face mask with ties to bind them all together into a work of art almost eight metres long. 

Each block tells a different story: Images of people in masks; depictions of virtual school; and shopping online. Some are tragic, such as one with a patchwork house and the words “I miss seeing my family,” and another that reads “constant anxiety.”

“We have faced tremendous loss, tremendous resilience, and a tremendous sense of community”, Reid said.

It will be on display again April 1 to 10 at the Three Sisters Cultural Centre, 1370 King St. N., in St. Jacobs as the centerpiece of the “Moving Forward from Behind the Mask” exhibit. Admission is free.

The Quilt is also available to view online at frombehindthemask-quilt.com.

Read more about Brenda's quilt here.

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