My Sturt's desert pea (Swainsona formosa - previously Clianthus damperi) after Marrianne Collinson Campbell's painting of the late 1800's has been accepted into the 38th Alice Prize, exhibited at the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs in May - June 2014. The very exciting news, that my work is one of 66 selected out of 490 entries, was received tonight. It will be a wonderful opportunity to visit the centre of Australia for the first time in May. Photos below show my journal, reclaimed embroidery with Marrianne's Sturt's desert pea, in the National Library of Australia publication "Women of Flowers" (the NLA hold many of her original paintings and her journal); framed and ready to be freighted to the desert, from whence she comes; and on the studio wall at Caritas Christi Artist in Residence studio (2013-14) with another work reinterpreting a 19th century painting of a King parrot by John Hunter (also in the NLA collection). "...we saw that beautiful flower the Clianthus formosa [sic] in splendid blossom on the plains. It was growing amid barrenness and decay, but its long runners were covered with flowers that gave a crimson tint to the ground." (From Charles Sturt's journal, Narrative of an Expedition into Central Australia).