The new works exhibited were made in Auckland by the late Patricia Wild, as gifts and future heirlooms, for her children and grandchildren. She was possibly of one of the last generations of New Zealand women who received instruction at school in needlework, for which she won prizes. Like the sampler makers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but unlike the sampler makers of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Patricia Wild's samplers are the leisure work of an adult maker. Her first sampler was made around 1990 and in the main, new works were made for presentation on a grandchild's fifth birthday. Working with traditional sampler motifs she aimed to represent aspects of the recipient's character and interests in her design.
While the samplers exhibited are made centuries apart - in the eighteenth, nineteenth and late twentieth centuries - it is quite possible to discern the presence of common motifs. Irrespective of date, the samplers in this installation are objects of sentiment and skill that embody conceptions of home, family and hope for the future.