Works capture special memories

SAHIBAN KANWAL
Last updated 05:00 04/04/2014
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WAR COMMEMORATION: Careen Black, left, Janis Kearns, Lynne Griffin and Denise Ellis, patchworkers of Geraldine, show their quilts and painting made for Anzac Day.

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Special memories are the reason behind some patchwork quilts and wall hangings depicting events from World War 1.

Members of the Geraldine Patchwork Group have created the items to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the war. They will be displayed on Anzac Day.

Faye Wilson, events co-ordinator for the organisation, said some quilts had been made for people who went unnoticed or did not get as much attention as the soldiers.

"If it was not for the nurses in World War 1, some soldiers would not have lived to tell the tale. The nurses often go unnoticed and some members have dedicated their quilts or wall hangings to them," she said.

Other members have used their family histories as inspiration for their work. In the case of Lynne Griffin's Remembrance and Peace the work is dedicated to her children's grandfather, who fought in the war.

"This is the first time that I am displaying the quilt," Griffin said.

"Each part represents something important. The red background represents the poppies, the blue part represents gunfire, the white cross and the dove represent peace and the hope that sacrifices made by those who served and their families will be remembered and not be in vain."

The unknown soldier was the inspiration behind Janis Kearns' painting. It depicts a battle-worn, smoke-blackened, war-weary soldier.

"It is significant of that time - the unknown soldier in battle," Kearns said.

Pride in her father was the story behind Shirley McKenzie's wall hanging - with a picture of her father acting as a backdrop to John McCrae's poem In Flanders Fields. "My father, Albert Victor Paterson, fought in World War I and I made the wall hanging in his memory and for all the other soldiers who fought and lost their lives," McKenzie said.

The display will be open to the public at the Rangitata Island Aerodrome from 9am-4pm on April 26.

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- The Timaru Herald

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