Celebrating Canberra

These twenty quilts were made for the tACTile exhibition  100: Celebrating Canberra.  See the artist statement below and doubleclick thumbnails for larger images and slideshow.

Canberra - The Planned City
Canberra - The Planned City
Architecture in the A.C.T.
Architecture in the A.C.T.
The Walking and Cycling Network
The Walking and Cycling Network
Disaster
Disaster
The Travellers #1
The Travellers #1
The Travellers #2
The Travellers #2
The Bush Capital #1
The Bush Capital #1
The Bush Capital #2
The Bush Capital #2
The Bush Capital #3
The Bush Capital #3
The Bush Capital #4
The Bush Capital #4
The Bush Capital #5
The Bush Capital #5
The Bush Capital #6
The Bush Capital #6
A.C.T Floral Emblem
A.C.T Floral Emblem
A.C.T. Faunal Emblem
A.C.T. Faunal Emblem
Festivals #1
Festivals #1
Festivals #2
Festivals #2
Festivals #3
Festivals #3
Festivals #4
Festivals #4
Landmark: Telstra Tower
Landmark: Telstra Tower
Brindabella Mountains
Brindabella Mountains

Cyclone Tracey, which devastated Darwin in 1974, was the catalyst for many Territorian families to relocate to the southern states. Our young family was no exception and we moved to Canberra in August 1975.

For this exhibition I decided to have a combination of pieces that represented the work of the Griffin legacy but also have a more modern approach to how Canberra has grown since my arrival in 1975. I found that most of my work has been done in sections to showcase this theme.

The Bush Capital section represents the Indigenous trees that are local to the area and also the introduced trees that have been planted in abundance to create a natural harmony. The trees that I have chosen are the Blakely’s Red Gum and the Crab Apple. For each tree I have chosen to represent the bark, the leaf, the flower and also the fruit in the case of the Crab Apple.

The floral and faunal emblems, the Royal Bluebell, and the Gang-gang Cockatoo represent the A.C.T. government, whereas, the festivals are part of the many that are celebrated throughout the year and are enjoyed by the locals and tourist alike.

The choice of the location had to be represented as Canberra is surrounded by the beautiful Brindabella Mountains, the wide open plains and easy access to the snow, sea and Sydney. The landmark, Telstra Tower has become a symbol for most travelling Canberrians where upon sighting the tower we know we are almost home.

I am hoping that as the public view my work they will realize that not only is Canberra the Capital of Australia, the political seat, but a rich and vibrant city to live in.