Positive Energy Quilters
Gabriola Island and Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
These quilts represent the views of more than fifty people
who oppose B.C. Hydro's plans to build a gas-fired power plant
near Nanaimo, B.C.
Quilters and artists from Gabriola Island and Nanaimo expressed
themselves visually in their quilt squares and have used the
quilts as a means of drawing attention to the environmental,
political, and financial issues involved in the Vancouver
Island Generating Project.
Much of the hand-stitched quilting was done in public places
so that the quilters could talk to passers-by about the gas-fired
plant. The quilters joined many others opposed to the Vancouver
Island Generating Project, and took the quilts to community
meetings, to rallies and marches, to Nanaimo City Hall, and
to the sidewalks outside venues where Hydro and various governmental
agencies held meetings, panels, and reviews.
Photos of the quilts and documentary material from the quilters
were submitted to B.C. Hydro, to the Environmental Assessment
Hearings, to B.C. Utility Commission Hearings, and to the
Although the Vancouver Island Generating Project has been
denied approval by the B.C. Utilities Commission, BC Hydro
continues to promote construction of the plant. The quilts
are still being used and displayed as eloquent images of opposition
to the project.