Lady Darling’s Needle

Lady Darling’s Needle, 2019, silk, cotton and wool on wire armature

Katrina Virgona

When Australia was first colonised, female convicts were often assigned domestic duties while serving time. Lady Eliza Darling (1798 – 1868) was a philanthropist who helped established the Female School of Industry in 1827. She was also renowned for supporting inmates at the Female Factory (Parramatta) where several prisoners toiled as spinners, weavers, hat makers, straw plaiters, wool pickers and needleworkers.

This meandering needle pays homage to the legacy of Eliza Darling

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