Roses from the Heart

Christina Henri is Artist-in Residence at the Cascades Female Factory Site, South Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 7004.  Her memorial work, Roses from the Heart, invites worldwide bonnet tributes for 25,566 female convicts transported to Australia between 1788 and 1853. About 23,000 bonnets have already been made. Her project has already toured the UK and Ireland and she would like to have a Canadian presence through the making of many bonnets in this country with the view to bringing the Installation to Canada in early 2016.

Marty Laurence of Victoria, BC has agreed to spearhead a cadre of bonnet makers here in Canada. She has the names of 200 women convicts who departed Woolwich, England, aboard the Sea Queen on the 12th of May, 1846, and arrived in Hobart, Tasmania, on the 29th of August 1846.

You are invited to make a bonnet for one of these women.  Christina's pattern is based on the colonial servant bonnet. Included in her directions are notations for: embroidery/embellishment, simple to elaborate, plain or colorful, always individual and made for a particular woman.  She would like you to include your particular woman's name, ship, and date on the bonnet. The pattern is available on Christina's website:

or from Marty Laurence.

For more information on this project, contact :

Marty Laurence

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