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Tapestry for Women’s College Hospital springs to life

September 28, 2015

Recently, during a particularly rainy weekend, a group of industrious Women’s College Hospital (WCH) supporters – including patients, staff members and architect Susan Black – set to work constructing an elaborate and eye-catching fabric garden.

The group had gathered to create a unique tapestry for the new hospital by weaving together various pieces submitted by physicians, volunteers, patients and friends of WCH. (This tapestry will be on display in the new hospital, which opens later this year.)

Led by Black, the tapestry project is aimed at showcasing the important contributions women have made in creating the hospital’s strong sense of community through informing the design of the new space. (In designing the new building for WCH, Black often referred to the A Thousand Voices for Women’s Health study, wherein the hospital spoke to over 1,000 women from different cultural, socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.)

After reviewing all the submissions several weeks ago, Black found a unique way to combine the diverse colours, prints and textures into a cohesive piece.

During a recent weaving session, several women stopped to admire the tapestry’s design– and many delighted in seeing how their submissions had been incorporated in the final piece.

Many thanks to Susan Black and all those who contributed their fabrics and time to this project.

The redevelopment architects for the build out of Women’s College Hospital are Perkins Eastman Black Architects / IBI Group Architects in joint venture. Black is the lead architect and interior designer and now lends her creativity toward curating and designing art pieces for the facility.


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