Katherine (Lix) Lynch

d. 2007

at 79 years old

My mother's was the life of a first generation Canadian, born to immigrant parents on the eve of the Depression…Here is the coat, bright red and merry, that she chose for herself…Her mother once told her you must always have a dark coat: "What if someone died?" But she defied her mother and chose only because she wanted and liked it - something special, frivolous, just for her...Robust and vibrant, almost to the end. This coat is all of that to me, it reflects her spirit...These fibres reflect for me the memory of one who encircled my life. She lives inside of me, integral to my bones. She was my mother.

Katherine (Lix) Lynch's garment is incorporated into the Red Dress.