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