Threads : Cultural Conversations

Where did the name Threads come from?

The Story of Threads

It began with a story about a mother who grew up during the Second World War in the United Kingdom. She saw bombs flying over her in the skies and experienced food rationing. 

Through hardship, she learned to save everything. Her clothing was made from her aunt’s old clothes, curtains, or whatever was available. So, it is not surprising she did the same for her children’s clothing after she moved across the seas and started a family on the Canadian Prairies. Every saved thread – carefully plucked out of older garments – was stuffed into an old Blue Ribbon spice jar for reuse, only to be laboriously resewn into a new garment. Her children said of her spice jar: “In some odd way, this is art.”

Don’t our lives intertwine like threads? In the places where we work, in the communities where we live, and those we befriend or marry. 

Threads is inspired by this story, as each coloured thread represents a culture, a journey, a unique story, removed from one place and woven into another. 

Watch as Anita Ogurlu and her mother, Phyllis Ivanochko, talk about the Story of Threads: 

She never threw away anything. Each of the saved threads - carefully plucked out of older garments - was stuffed into an old Blue Ribbon spice jar for reuse, re-sewn into a new garment.