Through this piece, my aim is to acknowledge that I live on un-ceded territory. This fact has also prompted much of my work investigating what it means to belong to a place, and what home means. When I was an adolescent, the knitting pattern company, Mary Maxim, appropriated the sweater designs belonging to the Cowichan community of Vancouver Island. They popularized them, but also took away meaningful income for Cowichan knitters. My mother knitted sweaters and vests for family members using these patterns, of course not knowing about the appropriation. It was her way of appreciating the local culture. I remember well the sweater she made for me, and in this piece, I connect it to my first menstrual period, my relationship to my mother, and both the comforts and discomforts of home.
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