A piece of sporting memorabilia she helped create is now taking pride of place in artist Fiona Clarke’s Warrnambool home.
In fact, the framed and signed cricket shirt that features Clarke’s Walkabout Wicket artwork created for the Boxing Day Test is so precious, she is reluctant to hang it on the wall.
“It’s so heavy I’m worried it will fall off and break,” she said with a laugh.
Clarke’s artwork featured on shirts, stumps, advertising boards and merchandise for the 2016 Boxing Day Test, which marked the 150th anniversary of the 1886 Boxing Day match between an Aboriginal XI and the Melbourne Cricket Club.
The artwork, which represents past, present and future cricketers, holds special meaning for Clarke. Her great-great grandfather James "Jimmy Mosquito" Couzens played in the Aboriginal XI.
That team toured England in 1868 and Clarke is keen to cross the globe next year for those 150th celebrations. “I’m really hopeful that I can get there,” she said.
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