Wednesday, July 24, 2013

5,000 Poppies.


I am so excited to be sharing this wonderful new community craft/art project with you.
Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War.
The aim of this project is to create a field of 5000 poppies which will be displayed publicly in Melbourne on ANZAC Day 2015 as a community tribute to commemorate more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and women in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations in which Australians have been involved.
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Now I know that 2015 seems a long way off … Almost two years … But there is a LOT of work to be done between then and now and a milestone or two to meet along the way.
5000 seems like a large number right now … But I know its achievable …Once the crafting community get behind the project.  Already we have at least 10 contributors making poppies … And almost 100 poppies have been made in only a couple of weeks .
Poppies can be crocheted, knitted, felted or stitched in any design you like and must, of course, be RED and no more than 15 cm in diameter.  That’s the only criteria.
I happen to be a crocheter, and will post a pattern shortly for a simple crochet version to get you started.  In the meantime, however, there are many knit and crochet patterns available on the internet and many references if stitching is your thing … and, although I have not looked, I am sure there is at least one YouTube tutorial for a crochet or a knit poppy on there somewhere as well.
The first milestone is to make at least 500 poppies for display at Fed Square to commemorate Remembrance Day 2013.  This will generate public interest for the project and get people excited about contributing.  More news on this soon.
We will also be running a couple of workshops at Fed Square over the next few months for anyone who would like to join our little group … Which will be a lot of fun.
So if you would like to get involved in this wonderful, worthwhile, meaningful community craft/art project … we would love to have you.
More news very soon.

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