I am so grateful for the participation of my mother, Annette Sercerchi, in a recent portion of my literature review work.
Out of a need to address a comment that I received on my literature review exam about ownership, and also another regarding the importance of keeping one’s research close-to-home (so to speak) that I had the following idea; I needed the work to be signed.
I realized that by adding the signatures of my maternal grandmother (Ruby Sercerchi), mother (Annette Sercerchi) and me to the underside of the review quilt it would be an acknowledgement of some of the work’s history as well as my own lineage and mentorship. Not only this, but the signatures would also increase the meaning of the piece for me personally AND, I would be speaking back (visually) to Alicia Boutilier’s paper “Who’s Quilt is it Anyway?”, which is a paper that I mentioned in this blog in January of 2014 and quote in the written portion of the literature review exam.
Soon after this evolution in my thinking, I recognized the additional importance of asking/inviting my mother to work on the quilt with me, thankfully mum accepted. I asked her if she had anything carrying my grandmother’s signature on it, which she might be able to transfer onto the quilt and trace in thread – in any colour she chose. Mum took the quilt home, and did just that. Finally, I asked if she would embroider her signature onto the second of the three corners of the quilt. It was only after mum’s work was complete that I added my signature to the piece – not to be the one to “sign it as finished”, but rather as an acknowledgement of my place in the lineage.
You can see images of our work above.
Thank you mum for collaborating with me – once again.