Home Sewn

By accepting what we cannot change and working with what we can, we can find our home wherever we feel welcome, where we belong, and where we make it our own. Home Sewn is an experimental portrait of the filmmaker's mother, her embroidery, and her love-hate relationship with their home.

  • Morgan Jones
    Director
  • Melanie Hiske
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 43 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Living Skies Student Film Festival
    Regina, Saskatchewan
    Canada
    March 4, 2017
    Saskatchewan Premiere
    Winner: Viewer's Choice
  • Flamingo Film Festival
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    United States
    April 29, 2017
    American
    Winner: Best Experimental Film; Nominee: Best Overall Film
  • Queen City Shorts
    Regina, Saskatchewan
    Canada
    May 31, 2017
  • NSI Online Film Festival

    Canada
  • Moonrise Film Festival
    Wells, BC
    Canada
    August 26, 2017
    British Columbia
  • St. John's International Women's Film Festival
    St. Johns, NL
    Canada
    October 20, 2017
    Newfoundland Premiere
  • UWpg Film Festival
    Winnipeg, MB
    Canada
    October 19, 2017
    Winner: Best Film; Nominee: Best Experimental
  • Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA)
    Regina, SK
    Canada
    November 17, 2017
    Nominee: Best Student Film
  • CBC Exhibitionists

    Canada
Director Biography - Morgan Jones

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Morgan Jones is working towards her BFA in film production at the University of Regina, and is currently a third-year student. She is involved with the U of R’s Film Students’ Association in the role of President.

Morgan has been intrigued by filmmaking ever since her first stop-motion projects as a child, and her stop-motion work in Home Sewn proves that she isn’t finished with the style just yet.

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Director Statement

I had originally intended for this film to focus solely on my mother’s swear word embroidery. I eventually moved towards my mother’s struggle to enjoy where she lives and how she makes it more welcoming, and I believe this was the right choice. I have found that this direction makes the film seem much more personal, and it truly reflects who my mother is, rather than the detached depiction of her with just the swear word embroidery.
The film features many of my mother’s embroidery pieces, as well as images of her process, the thread itself, and the record player that essentially guides both the film’s soundtrack and its images. I was really drawn to working with embroidery because of its aesthetic appeal. The colours and textures of the thread, and even the fabric it is sewn on, come through extremely well in photo and video. Combining the thread with stop motion just really made it come alive.
While this film is specifically about my mother, anyone will be able to appreciate the little quirks that make a mother a mother. The film will resonate with anyone who feels lost in where they are, where they are coming from, and where they are going. It embraces both the good and bad of place, and how emphasizing the good can ultimately overshadow the bad. The film explores the feeling of wanting more, but finding enough in what you have. By accepting what we cannot change and working with what we can, we can find our home wherever we feel welcome, where we belong, and where we make it our own.