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    'Fern Woman', by Deborah J. Stockdale. (Photo: Colin Peck)
    'Fern Woman', by Deborah J. Stockdale. (Photo: Colin Peck)


    Title of Textile:Fern Woman
    Maker: Deborah Stockdale
    Country of Origin: Republic of Ireland
    Year Produced: 2005
    Size (cm): 60cm x 51cm
    Materials: pieces of material hand painted and hand quilted
    Type of Textile: Wall hanging

    The Fern Woman is a hand painted, hand quilted wall hanging panel. It evolved while Deborah was studying photos of the limestone formations of the Burren in County Clare. The stone is fissured by weathering wind and water. In the small intersections of the rocks, small amounts of soil had accumulated and tiny plants had taken hold, thriving in very austere and inclement conditions.

    As Deborah played with sketches of this unique environment, the negative space of the fissured areas turned into the shape of a woman's body, with the strong, vigorous growth of the ferns filling in the space. To the artist, this symbolised the strength of female energy and was a reflection on how many women live their lives in darkness or relative obscurity. Yet from this darkness, great growth - psychological and spiritual as well as physical - can appear.

    Through the will to survive, even in political and social adversity, women mature, grow, and create.

    Owner: Deborah Stockdale collection
    Location: Deborah Stockdale, Donegal, Republic of Ireland
    Original / Replica: Original
    Photographer: Colin Peck

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