Heart for Christchurch: Hope
One cream, white and red fabric 'Heart for Christchurch' with white polka dots on red background on reverse; the front is decorated with the word 'Hope' and a bird in red stitching along with two red ribbon bows and a 'made with love' metal embellishment at the centre bottom; a red ribbon loop with a wooden button at the top centre is attached so the item can be displayed; a piece of green paper notes details from the maker. Made for the people of Christchurch following the 22 February earthquake.
This ‘Heart for Christchurch’ was made by one of more than 4,000 people from around the world who contributed to the Hearts for Christchurch project. From Napier, New Zealand, 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.