The quilt was created in memory of Renato La Selva a master tailor who worked at Stratford for many years. Each year a Gutherie Award, named after the great Irish director, is given to someone in the wardrobe department in memory of their colleague Renato. The quilt honours both him and the recipients of the award.
The volunteers who created it choose both the Shakespearean subject and the medium that they would use in their panel. Some choose plays, others logos or simply things that said to them: this is Stratford. Some choose embroidery others appliqué, silk screening, leather work or simple quilting techniques. Six designers closely identified with the Festival - Susan Benson, Debra Hanson, Desmond Heeley, John Pennoyer, Christina Poddubiuk and Ann Curtis - had costume sketches or block designs incorporated into the quilt. The four corner blocks represent flowers from the gardens surrounding the Festival Theatre and the border features drifts of swans reflected in the waters of the Avon River.
I was able to get shots of many of the 39 blocks that make up this remarkable tribute to a respected friend and colleague. Unfortunately others - particularly those higher up on the quilt - were out of proper range for my little camera. However I've included close-ups of as many as I can.
A left click on any of the hot-spots on the picture will enlarge a goodly number of the blocks, as will a left click on any of the titles shown below the photo.
Swan Border | Two Noble Kinsmen | The Merchant of Venice | The Merry Wives of Windsor | Tom Patterson | Pericles | A Midsummer's Night Dream | Othello | Twelfth Night | Anthony and Cleopatra | The Winter's Tale | The Merchant of Venice | Hamlet | Cymbeline | Hamlet - John Pennoyer | The Tempest | The Comedy of Errors | Richard II | A Midsummer's Night Dream | The Merry Wives of Windsor - Desmond Heeley | Julius Caesar | Shakespeare | Festival Symbol | Image Map
I haven't been able to find out when the Quilt was made but the small card beside it in the lobby mentions the names of Laurie Krempien-Hall and Joanne Zegers, both long-time artisans in the wardrobe department, as the two people who led the project. They and all the others involved can be proud of a remarkable piece of work and a loving tribute to a colleague.
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