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Roses from the Heart

May 6, 2010

Yesterdays Embroiders Guild meeting in Glossop heard from Maggie Wild about an art installation project by Christina Henri (http://www.christinahenri.com.au/). Christina is a conceptual artist based in Tasmania. Roses from the Heart is a tribute to the 25,266 women who were transported from Britain in the 17th – 19th Centuries.  The project is to recognise the economic and social contribution  made by the women and to provide an opportunity for their decendants to commenerate their ancestors.

Christina would like 25,266 people to make a woman’s cloth bonnet decorated with hearts and roses. Each bonnet will commemorate the life of a convict woman. The bonnets are made from the same template but each will be unique, be dedicated to one women and also bear the name of the maker. The bonnets will be encased in perspex blocks symbolic of the ships which brought the women to Australia and elsewhere. 

These bonnets were exhibited at the recent Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne and Chrisitna will be a major exhibitor at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in August 19-22 with possibly 15,000 bonnets on display.

photo courtsey of Christina Henri

 

The picture below shows a dingy full of bonnets from a dedication service in 2007:

photo courtesy fo Christina Henri

 

More information and the pattern can be found on Christinas website and here http://www.femalefactory.com.au/exhibit.htm#henri.

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