Well I don't know any silhouette artists like the picture for this weeks Sepia Saturday, but my great great grandmother, Mary, was into handcrafts such as embroidery. So I'm posting a photo of her with some other ladies who also look like they were into embroidery and other crafts.
From left to right: Jessie Susan Wright nee Harris and two children, unknown girl, Mary Lord nee Meng and likely her daughter Elise May Lord (known as May), unknown child and woman.
This photo was most likely taken in Ohoka, as Jessie and Mary lived in Ohoka at this time (around 1898). The unknown girl of about age sixteen has a black band around her white sleeve, indicating that a family member has recently died.
The woman on the right who is unnamed, has some close relationship to Mary as she is in a family wedding photo that I own. I have no idea who she is however! Very frustrating.
I like the way the photo is set up. It is casual but has a sheepskin on the ground for the children to sit on and a couple of cushions, also a rug I think, to add a tiny bit of luxury. Behind are what look like some hollyhocks and climbers going up a fence. Where the photo was taken exactly, I have no idea, but it was likely in Ohoka in someones back garden. I like the way the babies in the photo have gone blurry as they wouldn't sit still long enough to capture their wee faces correctly. So they are still a blur over 100 years later.
The Harris and Meng families must have been very close and were friends their whole lives. Mary and the Harris girls would have gone to Ohoka School together in the 1870s. I can imagine them as young Mums getting together to do their craft work and have a cup of tea occasionally!
We still have many pieces of craft work done by Mary. I'm guessing she probably did the dress on May Lord who is sitting on her lap.