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Leigh Teirawhiti Ransfield
3 August 1962 - 6 July 1992
For more detail, a high-resolution version of this image (about 5 times wider than shown above) is available for download here. Broadband is recommended - file is big (6.61 Mb).
This panel is still to be joined to a block of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
From the stories folder that accompanies The Quilt to displays
Leigh the Flea
Leigh; Artist, Actor, Playwright, Publicist, Casting Director, Teacher, Traveller, Son, Brother, Brother-in-law, Nephew, Cousin, Uncle, Lover, Beloved, Treasured friend.
The Panel was made six years after Leigh’s death, after Andrew and Johnathan had both returned from abroad. After agreeing on the design Andrew went about sourcing the material and cutting the letters from blown up stencils, then ironing each into shape. Johnathan organised the reproduction of the photo of “Madam Matisse” onto canvass with a laminated water resistant cover.
The sewing was done at Ara Kotinga, Andy’s family farm in South East Auckland, over a sunny Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The simple and uncomplicated design is for Leigh, and everyone who knew, loved and cherished him for who he was to them.
“Madam Matisse” is a work of Leigh’s and encompasses all the colours he was.
If you knew Leigh and wish to add your memories to this page, or wish to remember a loved one with a strong connection to New Zealand who has been lost to AIDS, you may do so on this page.
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