In this post we’re going to share some more postcards from the 2014 Creative Challenge to re-interpret WW1 silk postcards. These all have an Australian theme which makes them very special.
The first one is by Jenny Clayton and features wonderful kangaroos made from bullion knots. It’s called Lest We Forget:
The next two are by Gail Haidon and feature Australian flora. The first has the poignant title of Mother Dear and is a beautiful study of eucalyptus flowers:
The second is Birthday Wishes and showcases the lovely Kangaroo Paw;
Here are Gail’s notes for the background to these two postcards:
|Inspired by watercolours painted by WA artist Rosetta Kelly (1864-1963) in memory of her son, Cyril, and the final card that he sent home, written on his 20th birthday.
And the next awesome postcard by Jan Hure also explores the themes of peace, hope and reunion through eucalyptus flowers. It’s called We’ll Meet Again:
Jan describes her starting point for this design as follows:
|Designed to reflect Australian themes in similar fashion to early ones depicting the nations the soldiers came from
Val Woodward has created this next postcard to evoke the very human emotion of hope for peace in the face of war and to celebrate the Australian Lighthorse:
Val is a horse lover and this card was inspired by a family memento:
|Finding a postcard from Egypt, dated Jan 1916, written by my husband’s great-uncle to his sister reminded me of those serving in the Egyptian campaign, particularly the Australian Lighthorse. Horses are not often mentioned in the remembrance of WWI
This next postcard by Kathy Pascoe has a very Art Nouveau and emblematic feel to it. It’s great example of ‘less is more’ and is called Australia is Home.
Kathy’s creative inspiration came from both traditional and personal sources:
|The idea came from silk cards on the Australian War Memorial website. I thought it was an opportunity to use one of the buttons I inherited.
Hope you enjoy these very meaningful and beautiful postcards.