Three generations of women (three handmade nails);
a hexagon template from my Australian mother-
the plastic rings I saved from the tops of milk bottles.
The spring from a broken plastic clothes peg;
simple embroidery and crochet stitches taught to me
by my Dutch mother and my American teacher.
Patchwork and quilting -
beauty and warmth born out of poverty and thrift.
Donegal handwoven tweed; three leather buttons;
a broken silver ring (eternity/reality) -
gifts from my Tasmanian-
Recycled woollen skirts; an op shop blanket;
my own plant-
Symbolism and practicality; the art of making do;
nurture, birth, womanhood -
the quiet fortitude of women of all ages.
The creative spirit driving us year by year,
not diminished, but enriched by endurance, tears
and busy hands -
28 circles (4 x7) represent the passage of time and the reproductive cycle