Threading Water


All of our actions have an echo in the water. For this community-engaged arts project, I’m inviting people to tell stories about relationships to water to create a collaborative quilt-like assemblage. During five free public maker sessions, people of all ages and abilities can use embroidery and fabric paints with a water-inspired palette to present images and words that reflect their connection to Lake Superior and the Great Lakes. Sensory prompts, music, and poetry will help spark ideas and dialogue.    Artist Bio

at Mariner’s Hall, Marina Park, Thunder Bay

Thread, hook, repeat. Threading Water is a quilt assemblage composed of 144 fabric squares created by community participants. All of our actions have an echo in the water. In Thunder Bay, people of all ages and abilities were invited to tell stories about their relationships to water. Through a collaborative fabric assemblage using the language of embroidery and pigments, participants personalized their experiences and committed to restoring and protecting Lake Superior and the Great Lakes watershed.


Thunder Bay

Traditional territory of the Fort William First Nation and the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek, THUNDER BAY is nestled along Lake Superior’s western shore.

Thunder Bay Remedial Action Plan was established in 1987 and is working to restore and protect the Lake Superior ecosystem, including the surrounding watershed. Adventures with Lake Superior can be experienced at Prince Arthur’s Landing at Marina Park, a community gathering place through to the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park.

Did you know that Lake Superior is, by surface area, the largest lake in the world. This may be one of the reasons communities on Lake Superior have a passionate connection to it. A pride of the people can be felt in this northern city.

Because of the depth of Lake Superior (396 metres (1,300 feet) at the deepest), it takes 400-500 years for a complete water change, resulting in a sensitive ecosystem.