Washington’s 50th Anniversary Banner
Photo (c) Ian McClelland
The pupils and I were first inspired by the documents and plans published when Washington was being planned in the 1960’s. Together, we looked at the master-plan, with its colourful use of zones, which becomes an abstract artwork in itself. We also used the extensive collection of books held at Washington Library, which illustrate what an iconic symbol of the optimism in New Town planning Washington was and is today. Collectively, the pupils and I decided to use the colourful illustration of the map to became the central point of our banner. Using the ideals of the original plan, the pupils choose to illustrate the key elements, such as schools, homes, shops and industry, that would bring the individual villages together to make Washington Town.
The pupils worked using a number of different textile techniques to create the banner including fabric painting, embroidery and appliqué. My role was to guide the pupils, help them develop their design, encourage them to try new skills and build their confidence in the arts. The finished banner is 2 x 1.5 metres.
This banner is made to celebrate Washington 50, in partnership with Sunderland Library Services and George Washington Primary School, funded by Area Community Funding.
“I have been telling my family about what a great project we’ve been doing.”
“I used the sewing that I learnt making the kite to make a small dress and skirt for my artist’s mannequin.” Rosie
“The map made me feel like visiting some of the areas of Washington I haven’t visited before.” Gabrielle