Quilt lauds di­ver­sity

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - What’s On - SAM KILMISTER

‘‘I tried to put the el­e­ments of my life, as they are, in there. ’’ Linda Poll de Honores

The Feild­ing Pub­lic Li­brary has cel­e­brated the town’s cul­tural di­ver­sity by in­stalling a quilt rep­re­sent­ing the jour­ney of var­i­ous im­mi­grants to the com­mu­nity.

Each of the 23 mem­bers of the Feild­ing mul­ti­cul­tural group were asked to con­trib­ute to a small sec­tion of the quilt where they could their put sto­ries into art form.

Hol­land-born Linda Poll de Honores added her story to the quilt. Linda’s hus­band is from Peru, in South Amer­ica. To­gether, they both moved to New Zealand.

‘‘I tried to put the el­e­ments of my life, as they are, in there. There’s an ex­tremely mul­ti­cul­tural as­pect to my life be­cause of the dif­fer­ent cul­tures and cus­toms that make up my life,’’ she said.

‘‘In mine I’ve got the globe in the mid­dle. There’s the New Zealand flag stick­ing out of the mid­dle of the globe be­cause that’s where I’ve de­cided to set­tle down. I’ve got my hus­band’s home coun­try - South Amer­ica - on the left. Hol­land is on the right - that’s where I’m from.’’

He­len Wor­boys said the quilt high­lighted the cul­tural rich­ness of the Feild­ing com­mu­nity.

‘‘This is hugely sig­nif­i­cant - you can see, through the quilt, how vi­brant their cul­tures are. I couldn’t think of a more per­fect place to pro­mote it. I’m hop­ing this is not the only art­work from the mul­ti­cul­tural group we see.’’

Feild­ing Mul­ti­cul­tural Group chair­per­son Ellen Witt said fund­ing for resources for the project came from Cre­ative New Zealand. Quil­ter Pam Gray put all the in­di­vid­ual squares to­gether into a big quilt.

‘‘This is a project two years in the mak­ing. Peo­ple can now come to the li­brary - re­spect their story, their life story.’’

PHOTO: SAM KILMISTER/FAIR­FAX NZ

Linda Poll de Honoves (right) with a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of her story. Also pic­tured is Ellen Witt and He­len Wor­boys.

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