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

2001.0002.0005

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

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Fifth panel of the embroidery titled 'The Crimson Thread of Kinship'. The dominant blue sky is a lighter on the left hand side and it contains progressively more stars as the sky darkens towards the right side. Three sheets of paper float through the sky, which contains a crossed fork and spoon in the upper right corner. A grey road with a spotted white centreline crosses the bottom of the scene, against a backdrop of green hills. The 'crimson thread of kinship' runs across the lower half of the scene.

Statement of significance

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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