|I+V+III+I (Stillbirth) 125x125cm by Neroli Henderson|
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|Only one word for this caption - "Yay!!!"|
Although it's a very simple piece symbology is rife throughout the design - every single leaf represents a real miscarriage, every joined double leaf is an IVF implant that failed to eventuate. After IVF failed Denise became pregnant again naturally and it felt like it was meant to be until her baby Marcus was born sleeping, just a couple of days before his due date. Hospital staff took prints of his little hands and feet and I used those to free motion his prints onto the quilt.
|Footprints taken from Marcus Connor, born sleeping 2/1/11 were stitched using the real prints as guides.|
|The metal heart is debased with Marcus' initials, the tree has been shaped to go in the direction of the grain and the type was free motion stitched with metallic gold thread.|
|In this detail you can see the two faces carved in profile out of the top part of the tree trunk.|
To see the other finalists (and it's well worth a look - there are some amazing works) view them on the AQC website here.
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