With the help of Clare our residents have created a Poppy inspired wall-hanging that is currently being mounted and framed, prior to being on display in Willan House. The idea for the banner came from the centenary of the beginning of World War 1, which is being commemorated throughout 2014.
Discussion took place with the residents regarding the significance of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance. One lady remarked that the poppy was to remember ‘those who fell’.
The whole banner was worked in fabric; the background is a collage of fabric strips ironed into place, below a sky created by painting white acrylic paint onto blue cotton.
Stencils were used to create the flower heads and leaves from felt, which had been attached to an iron on backing prior to working. Flower centres were either buttons sewn in place, or stitched with wool.
Throughout the workshops, residents were able to share memories of their war time experiences….. laying on the cliff tops at Deal, Kent, and watching the dogfights in the sky above……. making munitions in the Midlands for Spitfires and submarines….. ignoring the air raid sirens…
The banner echoes the picture on the front of Willan House brochure and as such, may also have a more poignant significance for the home, remembering those who have shared time here during the past years… a poppy for each one who has passed on.