Thankyou every one for the marvellous response so far! The inspiration is from the ‘Alabare Flags for Thanks’ day last year where all the flags were displayed in St. Thomas’s Church, Salisbury.
With this project all the flags [the individual squares] were sold in aid of charities. If here in Shrewton the artist or artists would like that then we will do this too. However, it may well be that some people would like to keep their masterpieces as a family memento of this strange world that we are living in at present.
A selection could be framed and hung for some time in the Village Hall after they had been displayed in the Churches for the thanksgiving services that will be planned.
So much is uncertain at present that no ‘hard and fast’ rules will be dictated until a) we see how many flags we have and b) what the situation will be. So ……..
Everyone will have a different idea of what is affecting them and their families and the flags should reflect this. It can either be as pictures, colours, patterns or designs made with paint; collage; knitting; tapestry, quilting, or any mixture of all of them. Interpreting ideas is a very individual thing and your creative juices and imagination should be given full rein with the general thought of lockdown time and hope for a solution to Covid-19s destructive powers.
The only rules are:-
- size – 20cm x 20 cm with the addition of 5-8cm border to enable collation.
- They should be on some form of material that can be sewn.
- Your name should be written in permanent ink somewhere on the border.
- The stitches should be of sufficient quality to withstand some handling. Any paint used mustn’t crack and is colourfast – Acrylic and T-shirt paint is good.
- You can make as many as you like but they should all be different.
- Each flag should be accompanied by an ‘Entry Form’ – yet to be compiled,
This will note what you would like done with your flag once it is removed from the banner at the end of the thanksgiving period. The names of all the people who helped to make it and all your details – address, etc. It may be that you could also put the name of a special person in whose memory it has been contributed.
Please spread the word and tell all your friends who may not be on the internet.
Watch out for Shrewton’s Thankyou Part II which will deal with the Grand Exhibition and Sale The Charity that all monies will go to will be the NHS Charities Together Fund.