The art deco staircase and windows leading to the Heart Centre
Fabulous lead-light doorways - with workmen still in situ
and below, wonderful tiling in the ground floor foyer
The first point of inspiration for making the Heart Garden comes from 2012 when I had the privilege of exhibiting in the project gallery at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Heide has a famous 'Heart Garden' which Sunday Reed designed in the shape of a 'love heart' and planted in the garden at Heide I.
Sundays Heart Garden at Heide I and below
Sunday in her rose garden
(photos taken from Heide MoMA image search)
I envisaged my 'Heart Garden' to be in the shape of a human heart and so it is with absolute delight that something I dreamt of making over a year ago has not only come to fruition, but will find a permanent home in an important and beautiful medical centre.
My 'Heart Garden' is almost finished and so I want to share with you some of the steps along the way, including the fabulous St Vincent's Heart Centre building.
day 1 - pinning the outline
day 2 - the veins go on
There are some special pieces in the Heart Garden which have been donated by friends or acquaintances from their own family collections - made by mothers, grand-mothers and aunties - including the beautiful tiger lilies which you can see in the aorta and other areas of the heart. I've chosen mostly vintage hand made needlework, from the 20's and 30's to give the heart a sense of time past. There are exquisite fragments of embroidery and lace from Japan, China, Poland, Vietnam, Hungary and Australia.
the hand of the new maker working with the hand
of the anonymous and departed makers
the work tables below - you can see how exquisite
these vanishing materials are
the photo above gives a sense of scale
of my 'throbbing' Heart Garden - almost complete.
(In 2007, the same year I began working solely with reclaimed needlework,
my father died of heart failure - this work is also made in memory of him).