A new project is in the works!
This is the Reverend Libero Sauro, my grandfather. During WWII, he was arrested and held at the Don Jail before being transferred to the Petawawa Internment Camp. As an Italian Canadian and for his association with the Sons of Italy, he was deemed an enemy alien of the state.
During the war, Italian Canadians were put under surveillance, and 31,000 were designated as enemy aliens. Of these, about 600 were taken from their families and held in prisons and remote camps (http://www.italiancanadianww2.ca/villa/home)
The irony is that during my grandfather’s internment, five of his sons, all Canadians, were serving Canada and her allies in the armed forces.
To tell this story, I will be creating seven paper tapestries, portraits of my grandfather, grandmother and my five uncles who served. Once again, I will be using the handmade papers of my aunt, the younger sister of the five boys.
What you see here are the two cartoons or blueprints that I’ll be working from. The little is for the sample I’ll create before making the big one. Hopefully I’ll remember to document as I go and post along the way.