Raised in a two bedroom duplex with 8 other family members, Johnnene Maddison was taught to embroider, quilt and sew by her grandmother and mother. Being raised in a strong female household has shaped the way Maddison views the world around her and has inspired how she creates her works. Since 1960 her work has been exhibited across North America, and in 1990 was featured in a solo show at the WAG. The combination of paint, collage, and fabric are used in a portion of her works, including the featured work, If I Had Wings. Maddison uses twenty-one different fabrics that are stitched together by a combination of machine and hand-stitching, and incorporates photo transferred images of a veiled woman and doorways. Her fiber art expresses her feelings on women’s resourcefulness, not only by keeping old garments together, but also is symbolic of how women keep the economy together during times of war.