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Panel 1 highlights

Panel 1 highlights

Panel 1 of the embroidery
Panel 1 of the embroidery
Photo: George Serras

A collapsing mountain

Early drawing of mountain section
Early drawing of mountain
section. Courtesy: Sharon

Sharon Peoples' narrative design for the Crimson Thread of Kinship begins with a cataclysmic disturbance of the land. She drew the concept of a collapsing mountain from Rodney Hall's novel The Island in the Mind.

For Sharon, this image was a metaphor for how European settlers transformed the Australian landscape.

Sewing the shells

Shell embroidery sample
Shell embroidery
sample. Courtesy
Margaret Thompson,
ACT Embroiderers'
Guild. Photo: George

The embroiderers used a special technique to give the shells a three-dimensional appearance.

'Each of the three large shells in the first panel was worked on a slip and then applied so that it nestled into its shadow. The other shells were made with several layers of stitching.'
Margaret Thompson, embroiderer

An Aboriginal midden

Aboriginal midden
Aboriginal midden (detail)
Photo: George Serras

A midden is essentially a rubbish heap that contains such things as discarded bones, shells, charcoal and tools. Archaeologists use middens to investigate how people lived and particularly what they ate and how they cooked their food.

'I needed to speak of Aboriginal occupation and the disturbance to the land by Europeans. I suddenly realised I had many drawings and gouaches made at Kioloa, on the southern coast of New South Wales. I had been on a Canberra School of Art camp and guest lecturer Dr Diana Wood Conroy had directed an archaeological drawing exercise of an Aboriginal midden which had been in continuous use for 14,000 years. The discarded shells and broken cutting stones were a very domestic scene.'
Sharon Peoples