A while ago Penkhull residents association decided to have a competition to create a flag for the village. The pictures surrounding the final flag were the 10 designs that had the most overall influence over the final design. I was really pleased to find out that one of them was my design. (the middle top design).
It feels good to have a flag to describe the village. The oval and lines coming in symbolise the village green and the roads coming into and surrounding it. The cockrel is based on the weather vane on top of the church. The colours are vibrant and cheerful. Local people had a choice of 4 designs taken from dozens of entries. The central flag in the photo was the winning design.
Sunday, a nice warm day. I have been feeling a bit down, I want to paint and be creative, but I needed steering towards something.
Then up popped an invite on my Facebook page, come along to a friend’s workshop to create panels for a flag about Philip Astley. Inventor of the modern circus.
Astley was born in 1742 in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire. His wife would be known for wearing bees on her hands..a bit like mittens. It’s funny what sticks in your mind when you are doing something new.
I’m not a good needlewoman, I can’t use a sewing machine. But I can stitch. I was trying to think what to represent and the answer came to me….horses. They were the first animals to appear in the circus. I’m pretty good at drawing them so I chose a green and white background panel and a pale brown material for the horse.
We used adhesive webbing to stick down the cutouts. Other people had done horses, letters in a circus font, and things like clowns etc. Then basically I just stitched round the outline and added coloured silk edging to enhance the panel…..
Well that took 2 and a half hours…in a 3 hour workshop! So I cut out a figure and added stars and other decorations to my second panel….bits of ribbon for the edges of his clothes, a dark bit of material for his hair. I glued on a few pompoms for him to be juggling. Finally a few stiches for his face. Done….
OK so why blog about this? Because being creative does not mean you have to stick to one sort of art. You can play with anything. Sewing and embroidery use drawing skills. It’s all about hand eye coordination. And its about having fun..letting yourself relax. Even making new friends.