Lynn Valley LOVE: Community Healing Project

“Quilts hold the spirit of their makers, and the secrets of their thoughts pondered while stitching. They are beautiful treasures that provide us with warmth & comfort, but they can do more for us if we so choose. Quilts can be posters for our ideas, messengers of our messages, and uniters of our communities. They hold great power.” –Berene Campbell, artist

 

You’re invited to help spread the LOVE as our community continues its healing in the wake of the tragic attack on March 27, 2021. Artist Berene Campbell, from Happy Sew Lucky, has helped support community members heal and overcome tragedies that occurred in Boston and Toronto. Berene, who lives in North Vancouver, hopes the calming and healing effects of stitching by hand can help uplift our spirits and bring light to a place where a dark event occurred.

There are two ways to participate depending on your skill level. See below!

 

LOVE: A Community X-stitch

Suitable for all experience levels.

Hand-stitch an ‘X’ to show your love and contribute to the community creation of a large mural spelling out LOVE, which will be installed outside Lynn Valley Library this summer. 

Taking part is easy!

  1. Stop by Lynn Valley Library during open hours to pick up a free kit. Kits are available first-come, first-served, while supplies last.
  2. Using the instructions provided, hand-stitch your ‘X’s. Each kit contains supplies three ‘X’s. Watch this video to see how it's done.
  3. Return all three of ‘X’s to Lynn Valley Library before June 15.

Everyone is welcome to participate! This project is designed for all experience levels but may not be suitable for younger children.

A limited quantity of kits are available while supplies last. Kits are limited to one per family. For those with supplies who would like to participate independently, click here for instructions.  

 

Quilted LOVE Banners

Suitable for experienced quilters.  

More experienced quilters are invited share messages of love, strength and peace on long quilted banners that will be hung in a special installation inside Lynn Valley Library. This project is designed for more practiced quilters and supplies are not provided. Details are available at Happy Sew Lucky.  

 

About Lynn Valley LOVE

The ‘Lynn Valley LOVE Community Healing Project’ is a partnership initiative with artist Berene Campbell, North Vancouver District Public Library, North Vancouver Recreation and Culture, and the District of North Vancouver.

 

About Berene Campbell

Berene Campbell is a modern quilt designer, teacher and community project coordinator from North Vancouver. She has initiated projects such as To Boston with Love, the Toronto Love Project, Quilts for Refugees, Badass Quilt, the Sisterhood Quilt Swap and Black Lives Matter quilt. Berene’s quilt designs are purpose driven, each with its own story of inspiration behind it. She uses her work to raise funds and awareness of social justice issues, and to bring people together, harnessing collective energy to make the world a kinder, more peaceful place.

In the spirit of bringing people together through creativity to work for change, in 2020 Berene established a bursary fund for BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ students at Ryerson University in Toronto. Named the “Handmade Collective Awards” it is a way for people and businesses in the creative space to work together as a collective to support marginalized youth. For more information, visit www.happysewlucky.com