Sharon Johnston

OF A COMMON THREAD

SHARON JOHNSTON
MIXED MEDIA

The purpose of this work was to celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday. It is depicted in a series of women’s heads representing the different waves of immigration to Canada and the existing indigeneous cultures. I chose women as they are the bridge between generations, and geographical and cultural differences. Their contributions are often overlooked and they through their work are responsible for keeping alive our heritages from so many different cultures.

We have all come from somewhere else to settle this land from many diverse cultures, bringing something of that culture to pass on and to share. Each of us must adapt as did our ancestors to changing environments yet preserve some of our roots. Culture is preserved through, food, dress, music and the keeping of traditions. Women keep that cycle of life, culture and place in motion.

Women have found the time to create beauty in ordinary things. Skills that are often labour intensive were and are passed from one
generation to the next. Fibre arts have always been considered women’s work, usually done in the home and often for domestic use.
I have depicted these twenty-seven women’s heads in cloth and yarns using new and old techniques, hence another common thread.

East Coast (Mi'kmaq)
Of A Common Thread
Africa
Balkans
China
Denmark
England
Finland (Lapland)
France
Germany
Iceland
India, Pakistan
Ireland
Italy
Japan, Korea
Metis
Middle East
Netherlands (Holland, Belgium)
Northern (Inuit)
Norway
Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam
Plains and Woodlands
Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakkia, Lithuania, Estonia
Scotland
Sweden
United States
West Coast (Bella Coola)
West Indies