The phenomena in Australia of cutting down the tall poppies is alive and welll in the 21st Century; and often women are the worst.
By 2000 I had developed a personal style using what I call 'sqiggly strips' of vliesofixed silk ironed onto a base cloth to illustrate water in its many forms.
With 'Short poppies' I experimented with the technique in a vertical format to vent my frustration as a project manager in the real estate industry in Sydney.
Thankfully a number of likeminded women formed the organisation Women in FM and I was able to find support and employment that was satisfying and didn't chop down the tall poppies.
This work was my first accepted to Quilt National in 2001 and I travelled to the US for the exhibition opening and the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) Conference. In 2005 the work was included in my solo show at Mosman Art Gallery entitled 'Aquamarine; recent textiles by Alison Muir'
The work is in a private collection in Australia and is shown in the Private Collections gallery on this website