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« on: February 14, 2008 07:20:49 PM »

On Wednesday the Australian Prime Minister apologised to the Stolen Generation for the policy of stealing aboriginal children from their families.  It was part of the White Australia policies from the 30's to the 70's.  For more info on what it's all about see my blog http://radicalcrossstitch.com/2008/02/15/sorry-fence/

I spent 7 hours cross stitching a fence with finger knitted wool (I hate to think how many hours that took to make) with the word Sorry.  I've incorporated the design of the Aboriginal land rights flag into the design.

It was a major mission but I'm so pleased with how it came out.



a close up of one of the letters



the work in progress



I am really proud of this.
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2008 07:24:37 PM »

Wow, that's crazy!!

Is it somewhere where it won't be harmed?  I hope so!
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2008 07:34:13 PM »

that's incredible! 

now i need to read about that policy... insane!

no one will come and take down your "sorry"... will they???  i hope not Sad
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2008 07:34:35 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2008 07:45:40 PM »

What a beautiful project. Well done!
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2008 09:24:39 PM »

It's on a fence that's part of a bar and they asked me to do it so it probably won't be harmed during their opening hours.  But it is an alleyway in the city so I don't expect it to last forever.  It will probably outlast some of the nearby graffiti though!
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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2008 11:07:53 PM »

I love this. Smiley I love it when art and graffiti have some sort of message.
I didn't know about these policies, I'm going to have to read about them Shocked
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2008 01:37:06 AM »

Seriously this is really thoughtful and looks awsome. You should be proud!
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2008 02:36:05 AM »

Thanks everyone.  I'll just put on my activist hat for a second and say that the issues being faced by the Aboriginal People are just appalling.  The Australian Government is still following outdated, protectionist, racist policies and the situation here is just tragic.  For many Aboriginal People, especially in remote communities, it is a daily issue of survival.  I could go on for ages but instead I can point anyone interested out to a couple of sites worth checking out.  Here's a opinion piece I wrote during the Commonwealth Games a couple of years ago, we had a big convergence here for that http://radicalcrossstitch.com/2006/03/09/stolen-or-sharing-wealth/
And this is the main website for ANTaR which is one of the main organisations that works in solidarity with Aboriginal Peoplehttp://www.antar.org.au/.

Thanks for your interest in this vital issue.

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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2008 02:56:24 AM »

I've got to say, this rocks.  You did an amazing job, it's fascinating and incredibly unique.   Thank you for mixing crafting and graffiti, you've absolutely made my night.
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« Reply #10 on: February 15, 2008 03:54:41 AM »

It looks wonderful. I love that you did it in the Aboriginal flag design, aside from the meaning it makes it visually striking. Hooray for a crafty way to celebrate the govt finally apologising.
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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2008 05:27:38 AM »

It really looks fantastic. I've been following this reconciliation because a couple of my favorite bands have been involved with promoting it (like Silverchair and the John Butler Trio). I think it's wonderful that the government can admit its wrongs and apologize for them. (I sincerely wish the US government could do the same thing sometimes!  Wink) Great job!
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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2008 06:02:33 AM »

It's on a fence that's part of a bar and they asked me to do it so it probably won't be harmed during their opening hours.  But it is an alleyway in the city so I don't expect it to last forever.  It will probably outlast some of the nearby graffiti though!

That's so great!

I'm really happy to see this project.  Just wanted to say that again! Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2008 07:04:03 AM »

this is pretty cool! i will have to come down to melbourne some time soon and check it out. if its still there for the stitches and craft show at the start of march i will have a look for it. is it off little bourke?
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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2008 10:04:35 AM »

Good on you! I noticed the news story (in Canada this was compared to our government's policy of sending our native people to Church-run residential schools where their languages were suppressed and they were often abused- but Canada did apologize years ago and has been working on compensation... so I thought it was about time that Australia apologized!). I love the idea of "radical" cross-stitch, and the graffiti-like nature of this piece. It looks like lots of work. You should be proud.
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« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2008 11:03:11 AM »

Great work with a wonderful idea!
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« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2008 12:06:45 PM »

AWESOME!!  THIS ROCKS!!! 
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« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2008 07:00:29 PM »

This is amazing. Great job!
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« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2008 08:06:43 PM »

Hoodang. That's pretty darn astonishing. You get my seal of approval. Arp arp! (that's the sound a seal makes)
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« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2008 03:40:18 AM »

this is pretty cool! i will have to come down to melbourne some time soon and check it out. if its still there for the stitches and craft show at the start of march i will have a look for it. is it off little bourke?

Yeah, 1st lane on the left heading into chinatown from Swanston St.  The Bar is the Section 8 Container Bar.  It's also where we have our Craft Cartel market (1st and 3rd Mon of every month, 5pm, plug, plug!)

Thanks for the feedback everyone.  I went back today and had a look at it during the day and I'm so stoked with how it looks.  The wool is really bright and you can see it from the end of the alleyway, but you can't read what it says until you get close.  It kind of draws people in which is brilliant.  I had a chat to the bouncer of the bar and he said heaps of people have been stopping and looking at it. Yay!
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« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2008 11:03:58 AM »

What an amazing act of guerrilla art.  I think the potentially temporary nature of your piece is thought-provoking as well.  Sorry is a word which goes out to be received but it's really only good until next time.  I think capturing the word in the way you have really speaks to the spirit in which it was intended and will give faith that the symbolic 'sorry' of your government will outlast your work and there won't be a next time. 
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« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2008 06:12:49 PM »

I went back a couple of days ago and got some better day light photos

Yay no one has vandalised it yet!  And according to the bar staff, heaps of people have been taking photos of it Smiley





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« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2008 06:28:58 PM »

That's so great!!
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« Reply #23 on: February 18, 2008 08:27:43 PM »

That is seriously awesome... Nothing better than my politics and my hobbies coming together in my city.



and as an aside... I've just realised I'm in a couple of your FB craft groups.

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« Reply #24 on: February 18, 2008 09:57:30 PM »



and as an aside... I've just realised I'm in a couple of your FB craft groups.

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« Reply #25 on: February 19, 2008 10:45:33 PM »

This is amazing, a great way to get your message heard. It must have taken a lot of patience to complete that. Good work!
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« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2008 11:20:28 PM »

It must have taken a lot of patience to complete that.

And vodka  Wink
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« Reply #27 on: February 21, 2008 04:41:07 AM »


This is seriously brilliant!! Well done!!

I love the idea of "reconquering" embroidery for good; my mother was a 70's style feminist so she refused to teach me any crafts (waste of women's time etc) so of course I got into arts and making things with my hands in a serious way via cross stitch kits!! Grin (other kids revolted against their parents by smoking...)
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« Reply #28 on: February 26, 2008 01:06:59 AM »

I missed this on your original posting, so glad I had time tonight just to trawl around and found this. Bloody good job! I will be in Melbourne in April, not sure if it will last that long but I will go have a squiz to see.
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« Reply #29 on: February 26, 2008 04:02:57 AM »

Yay and come to the craft cartel market!  Same spot as the fence.  1st and 3rd Monday of every month from 5-10pm.

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« Reply #30 on: April 14, 2008 04:16:57 AM »

It's gone Sad
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« Reply #31 on: April 14, 2008 04:32:12 AM »

Its very sad that it's gone- it was really wonderful Smiley I cried the whole day of the apology and I love all the ways people found to say sorry- changing their facebook status, chalking the footpaths, etc. This is the best way I've seen though!

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« Reply #32 on: April 14, 2008 05:04:49 AM »

Did they take it down or was it vandalized?
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« Reply #33 on: April 14, 2008 06:53:10 PM »

Did they take it down or was it vandalized?

Not sure, there was still a couple of bits stuck there and it looked as if it had been cut off.  I was too sad to go in and ask...

I always knew it was temporary but still it's a bit of a loss.
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« Reply #34 on: April 15, 2008 06:13:12 AM »

I am so sorry to hear that it's gone.

Even still, you did an amazing and beautiful thing.  Combining crafting with activism and showing a strong message of support is a wonderful idea.

Here in Canada, we face a similar issue with our First Nations people who were also stolen from their families and placed in residential schools where many faced horrible abuse and almost all were robbed of their culture.
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