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First panel of the embroidery titled 'The Crimson Thread of Kinship', commemorating the centenary of Australian federation 1901-2001

2001.0002.0001

First panel of the embroidery titled 'The Crimson Thread of Kinship', commemorating the centenary of Australian federation 1901-2001

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First panel of the embroidery titled 'The Crimson Thread of Kinship'. The arid scene grades from dark brown on the left side through to beige on the right side in a spectrum that depicts an Aboriginal midden. The 'crimson thread of kinship' begins in the middle of the scene and runs to the left side where sheets of paper are swept up into the sky from the ground in a spiral.

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The collection consists of six embroidery panels worked in stem stich on Glenshee linen using Appleton's wool. The embroidery was designed by embroidery designer Sharon Peoples and is entitled The Crimson Thread of Kinship. Eighty five members of the guild were involved in stitching the embroidery and it is estimated that it took 6000 hours of work to complete. the work was inspired by Sir Henry Parkes quote 'the crimson thread of kinship' used by in a speech in 1890. Although Parkes originally used the phrase to symbolise Australia's British heritage, Sharon has reinterpreted the phrase to provide a different view of Australian history. The embroidery depicts a crimson thread floating across the landscape, carrying with it the unfolding story of Australia. The thread is carried by an embroidery needle, symbolising the act of creating and embellishing history.

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  • The title of this work is based on the phrase "the crimson thread of kinship" written by Sir Henry Parkes to describe the relationship of the people of the Australian colonies with each other and with the mother country, Britain

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