Wellington Museum Exhibition

As we slowly moved into the the exhibition there was no talking but more gasps at the shear scale of this exhibition. 546 panels stitched by over 600 people. After 125 years these women are still treasured for their hardship, resilience and determination, this is their memory.

I shed a tear looking from one panel to the next. It was overwhelming as each one seemed to find a voice.

I cherish this moment and congratulate every single person who was involved especially Caroline O’Reilly.

Thanks also to Wendy Welsh and Ryan Jennings for some of the photos

Its open until 31 August at the Wellington Museum.

London

Many New Zealanders travel to London as part of their OE. 

My girls made their own trip in a cardboard box to take part in a collaborative exhibition of textile art. 

Curated by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden as part of the prestigious Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace 16 New Zealand artists joined forces to present 'Art Textiles from Aotearoa'  an exhibition of unique concepts with a diverse execution. 

My son went and it has to be said in his earlier years he was a bit scathing of some of my artwork. With free tickets and an unknown expectation he contacted me from on the other side of the world. "Mum, I don't think you realise how big this is. There is so much here, so much to see, so many people. I keep racing back to the stand and tell all the people looking at your work, "My Mum did that." 

Have I made it yet? In his mind, yes. 

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