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The snip is the expression of relief from my anxiety over contraception and further pregnancy (I have had three difficult caesareans) and the sense of passionate freedom released by my husband's vasectomy operation this year.
In the language of flowers the orchid stands for love, beauty and refinement; the name also derives from the Greek for testicle. The other embellishments represent the snipped tubes, the 21 contraceptive pills a month I could not remember to take, and the copper coil suggested by my doctor (no more rummaging down there please).
The quilt is made from a 15 year old bed sheet that was a wedding gift. It has beautiful softness and familiarity but also a fragility. But now it's burst through with passionate freedom (a red piece of hand made merino felt). The front and the back were machined together like a duvet cover, then ripped and stitched by hand..