As part of the Museum’s exhibition The Great War 1914-1918: Sacrifice and Shadows, a group of enthusiasts have been completing handmade ‘Welcome Home’ banners to be displayed in the exhibition space.
The first batch will go up on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2015 and will be added to for the three-year life of the exhibition.
The project was created around the idea of welcoming home loved ones. It’s been developed with Mae Finlayson who is a practicing artist living in Launceston. She is currently a PhD candidate and lectures in visual art at the University of Tasmania.
By the end of the Great War people were heartsick and weary. They had been living with the daily dread of hearing about the death of someone close to them. Welcome Home banners made during the Great War came in all different forms and sizes.
Welcome Home carries a strong message from the heart.
Lots of different people have worked on these banners including children. We’ve also had various groups helping out including the Embroiderer’s Guild, the Bridport Textile Group, Launceston Patchwork and Quilters and Patchwork 16.
Mae and her students screen printed the Welcome Home onto recycled fabric scraps and these have formed the basis of the project. If you would like to contribute we would be most appreciative and you can contact us on 6323 3777 to collect a stencilled piece of fabric or make up your own.
Louise James, The Great War 1914-18: Sacrifice and Shadows Curator