Accession Number
2012.18.6
Brief Description
One red swirled fabric 'Heart for Christchurch' decorated with a tiki stitched in green on the front; green and red tartan fabric on reverse; red ribbon loop so the item can be displayed; an attached piece of green paper reads 'From Linda who lives in Scotland but who has a daughter, son-in-law & 3 small grandsons who live in Timaru'. Made for the people of Christchurch following the 22 February earthquake.
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Production Role
Designer and maker
Assembler
Production Date
2011
Background
Linda from Scotland had a daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren living in the Canterbury provincial town of Timaru at the time of the earthquake. She sent in this Heart for Christchurch as a symbol of support following the 22 February 2011 earthquake in Christchurch. Napier woman, Evie Harris, began the Hearts for Christchurch project to symbolically communicate the widespread love and support for the people of Christchurch following the 22 February 2011 earthquake. Using her blog, Evie sent a call out around the world and more than 4,000 hand stitched hearts were sent to Canterbury. The hearts were displayed at Canterbury Museum from September 2011 to February 2012 then distributed to the people of Canterbury. Seven hearts remain in the collection of Canterbury Museum for future generations of Cantabrians.

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