Wednesday Evening Open House for Individuals or Group Studio Visits

  Museum Quality Contton Linter
Cast Paper Editions


Each project participant received a framed finished relief sculpture in a cotton linter cast paper with a painted bronze patina.

The cast paper reliefs are displayed with our traveling art exhibitions and are also exhibited in a variety of agencies, libraries, community centres, clinical offices, businesses and private homes across Canada. The full archive of the quilt squares can be view on the quilt sqare list page.




Taken away
No return in sight
Mine, it isn't right
Hide it away
Send it home
Mine it will always stay

But a choice this time
Given to be shared
Honoured to be remembered
Hope it will help
Not good enough, null and void
Silence now screams
My heart went into my square
Hope, it is enough!



In the background paper pulp is
being formed into a rubber mold
at Casting Impressions. In the
foreground the cast paper is
being cleaned up before the
patina is applied.

Michael Irving applies pigments
and waxes to create a "bronze
patinaed" finish on the cast paper.

Six quilt square rubber molds
were placed together with
rubber molds of the quilt
borders to create a six panel
cast paper quilt.

Visit the

Quilt Square
Meditation Pools



Your young hand
My old one join.
Tears flow between
You and me
No help for the helpless
Our fingers interlock
Grief stricken
Tears bridge the gap
Between the years
Swallowing back the losses
I feel your young presence
your spirit
in this hand




Casting Museum Quality Cotton Linter
The cast paper is made from a museum quality cotton linter that is specially pH balanced to provide artistic durability over a long period of time. At Casting Impressions the pulverized cotton linter is suspended in water with bonding agents to help create a fine and stable cast impression. This raw cotton pulp is something like the consistency of oatmeal porridge.

Initially, small amounts of the cotton pulp are pressed into the deeper crevices of the rubber mold that has been taken off the original wax sculpture. The artisans who are pressing the image carefully consider how the elements of the design will respond to the layering, pressing and drying process of making the cast paper. A two-inch layer of wet cotton linter is methodically built up within a frame that surrounds the rubber mold of the quilt square.

The water is slowly extracted from the wet cotton linters with sponges and the cotton linter is repeatedly pressed forcefully in order to pick up the details of the rubber mold. This layering process takes nearly an hour for a single quilt square and half a day for a full size six-panel quilt.

After the cotton linter is pressed and cast into the mold it goes into a drying oven for a few days. The cast paper shrinks slightly and pulls away from the mold in drying. Still, to avoid tearing, the cast paper and rubber mold have to be carefully separated when the paper is dry.

Single squares of each sculpted quilt square are cast in paper, patinaed and framed. Each participant received a cast paper copy of their own quilt square patinaed and framed. They are also sold for fundraising. What we refer to as “quilts,” are framed wall sculptures made up of six sculpted quilt squares with sculpted quilt borders around each square and around the outside of the group of them. The six-square quilts are for the art exhibition and are also sold for fundraising.

Anyone purchasing a full quilt can choose the six quilt squares that they want to be together as a collage. To set up a mold for casting a quilt, the six rubber quilt square molds are arranged with seventeen rubber corners, and rubber inside and outside borders. This whole grouping is placed in a specially fabricated compression table that is designed to compensate for the differences that occur in the size or angles of the many squares and borders. The success of this compression jig allows any of the 276 quilt squares that are made at totally different times to be picked out and grouped into a six-panel quilt.

The cast paper quilts and quilt squares are brought back to the monument projectís art studio where a group of volunteers works directly with Michael Irving to apply the bronze patina process. The bronze patina on the cast paper is made through applying more than twelve spraying, sponging, brushing and rubbing layers of gesso, paints and waxes. This layering of colours effectively replicates a bronze patina look on the surface of the cast paper quilts. Michael has won awards in international sculpture competitions for his painted finishes on carvings. Volunteering to help with applying finishes to the cast paper is an opportunity to learn his specially developed layered painted patina techniques.

Will your hand
be in the Monument?



Each Quilt Square is a Unique Wonder
The patinaed quilts are returned to Casting Impressions where they are mounted and framed. The final patina and framing polishes the pieces off. When the finished framed quilt squares come back and are opened at the monument studio, it is always exciting, like opening presents.



The full archive of the quilt squares can be view on the quilt sqare list page.

Cast Paper Editions of
Quilt Squares

Cast paper editions of quilt squares are made for:
1.) each participant;
2.) the travelling art exhibition;
3.) fundraising and
4.) to have the work in a permanent archival collection.

Each participant receives a copy of their quilt square that has been cast, patinaed and framed as a memento of their participation in the project. This square is labeled AP1 to signify it as Artist Proof 1.

For project fundraising purposes up to 200 limited edition cast paper squares that are patinaed and framed may be sold. These fundraising squares are cast in either single squares or grouped with other squares in a cast paper quilt of six squares.

The limited editions of the cast paper quilt squares will be marked from 1/200 to 200/200 to signify their numerical placement in the edition series.



You can’t have it -
not my happiness
not my love
not my life fulfillment
not my security
not my commitment
not my success
not my purpose
not my foundation
You have not, can not, will not take from
Me my potential to have all of these things.

To be free from fear
from betrayal
from control
from limitations
from you & your dementia

I can be loved
I am loved.

My chance to be remembered
for all the good I can do
for all the support I can give
for all the hope I can bring
Comes from you and all you did.
Fooled you !




Project Historical Archive
For historical archiving of the project two sets of six-square quilts may be made. If they are made they will be numbered AP2 and AP3 for each set to signify them as Artist's Proofs that are demarcated as archival record and pieces that are "not for sale."

The six-square quilt AP2 editions are planned to be a permanent collection that could be attached to a gallery, museum or appropriate venue for long term exhibit.

The six-square AP3 editions are planned as a collection of the work that could travel nationally and internationally as an art exhibition or an art and educational exhibition.

Framed quilt squares can be purchased for $350.00 U.S. The full archive of the quilt squares can be view on the quilt sqare list page. E-mail Dr. Irving at for details on internet purchasing of quilt squares.

"Follow Site Web Ring"


























The hand of a child
who will not be abused.
We can have this
dream come true.











Child abuse affects
us all, if one hurts,
We all hurt.
Life together!!






There is no excuse
for child abuse!

- How to Donate
- Home
- Link to Us

*All Rights Reserved
copyright (1991-2004)

Your Donations are Needed
to Bring the Child Abuse Monument Home from the Foundry

* Donations *
* Story of the Monument/Phases of the Project * Phase 1: Design * Phase II: Create * Phase III: Implement * Phase IV:Positioning *
* Monument Overview * Monument Project Organization * Project Story - Flash Movie *
* A Healing Monument * Monument as Social Action * A Gift for Allies in Healing *
* Artistic Director: Michael C. Irving, Ph.D. * Assisting Sculptors * Studio Visits *
* Monument Conception/Creation * Monument Sculpting * Casting the Bronze *
* Quilt Square Workshop Participants *
Heroes of the Monument * Facing Challenges * Monument Lessons * Monument Stories
* Self Care Activities for Survivors * Well Being * Creating Coping Lists * Meditation Gallery *
* Information on Child Abuse
* Types of Abuse * Impacts of Abuse * Responses to Abuse *
* Resource Links on Child Abuse *
* Survivor Monument Poetry and Quilt Square Books *
* Awareness Campaign * Research Forum * Cambridge Tour * DAS School *
Contribute a HandPrint Message for Placement Inside the Child Abuse Monument *
* Sponsorship as Healing * Sponsors * Local Sponsors * Sponsorship Opportunities *
* Unveiling *

*All Rights Reserved
copyright (1991-2004)