Design by Lee-Anne Miller
Artwork description: The story behind the creation of the 2019 Indigenous jumper belongs to Travis Varcoe and his family.
The design tells of how friends, Collingwood and the broader football community wrapped themselves around the family following the death of Travis’ sister, Maggie Varcoe, last year.
Maggie passed away in September 2018, several days after being injured in an on-field collision. Travis wore his sister’s name on his arm as he played through the finals that followed.
The story has been re-told through the art of Lee-Anne Miller, sister of Travis’s partner, Kim.
“The way the club supported me and my family last year, through that time when my sister passed, is what inspired it,” Varcoe explained.
“I think it’s beautiful. For the way it looks and for the meaning behind it.
“There are four layers to it. The inner circle represents the players I’m surrounded by every day. The next circle of dots is all of the people outside of the playing group who support us and enable us to perform at our best, especially in tough times.
“The circle outside of that is for the friends and family we rely on so heavily for their love and support and then there is the fans and the Collingwood community who glue it all together.
“It brings together all of the elements of being a Collingwood person and acknowledges them for their support in good times and bad.”