50pictures No. 45 Silver Fern

50pictures No. 45 Silver Fern

The Silver fern with its height of up to 10 meters is located in New Zealand and is mainly found in high altitudes in the tropics and subtropics and spread in humid rain and cloud forests. It is is the local national plant and one of the most important symbols of the island nation in the Pacific Ocean. Its branches are displayed in New Zealand's Coat of Arms.
The indigenous people of New Zealand, the Maori, call the fern "ponga". According to the legend, the fern originally grew in the sea. The Maori asked the silver fern to come ashore and illuminate the forests of the country to assist the collectors and warriors in the darkness of night to lead them on the right path.

The slowly unfolding rolled young fronds, in the Maori language called "koru", are a popular pattern that stands for a new beginning, growth and strength in Maori culture.

50pictures No. 45 Silver Fern

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If you want to take on this challenge, you are asked to create a miniature quilt based on this photo and write a few sentences on your thoughts and inspiration for your piece. It is not necessary to recreate the motif in fabric. It should be clear however, from the quilt itself and/or from your comment, how the photo inspired your piece.

Before handing in your interpretation of this week’s photo, please make sure that you have read the challenge rules. You can find them in the 50pictures introduction.

Each week until 19 December 2015, we will publish a new picture with a new deadline. You are invited to interpret as many pictures as you like. It is NOT necessary to make all of them!

Please send a completed registration form for EVERY quilt you submit and pay the participation fee with submission of your first quilt (all subsequent submissions are covered with the participation fee).

Please send us a photo of your finished miniature quilt as soon as you've completed it along with a few lines about your creative idea and realization and the completed registration form (as scan or photo) at info@around-the-world.com so that we can publish your work in our 50pictures online gallery. 

In order to participate in the challenge, you have to send the actual quilt and the original of the registration form to us by 31 March 2016 at the very latest.

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Remember that photos are also subject to international copyright laws. We are very grateful to the friends who have kindly allowed us to use their photographs and ask you to respect their intellectual property. You may use the picture as inspiration for your quilt and download it FOR YOUR PERSONAL USE. Please do not use it for any other purposes unless we have forwarded the photographer’s explicit permission to you to do so.