Well my fellow poppy makers … Big round of applause here … you are amazing!!!!!
We have passed the 50,000 poppy milestone …
Marg and I are continually stunned, thrilled and incredibly humbled by your work!!! We still get excited every time we open the mail … and we are still surprised by the variations on the poppy theme. My back room is filling up fast with boxes of poppies as you would imagine, and we are working on the final designs … We are expecting that ultimately we will have in excess of 100,000 poppies … it’s hard to know but when all those local Remembrance Day events are done with and all those community groups that are displaying locally send their collections to us … the numbers will swell to overflowing. YAY! In turn, our installation is obviously going to be much bigger than we initially had planned for and there are a lot of issues to be managed with the change in size … but we are getting very excited about the outcome … and we know you will be astounded.
We have had a number of really wonderful events in recent weeks … First Convoy in Melbourne, The Stitches and Craft Show also in Melbourne and the unveiling of many thousands of beautiful poppies at the First Convoy Commemorative events in and around Albany in Western Australia in the last week. Many of you would have seen the images and are now coming to understand just what we are hoping to achieve with this massive art installation … We hope you are getting as excited about the outcome as we are.
Marg and I are also thrilled that The New Zealand contingent have collected well over the 10,000 beautiful poppies on their way to 18,000 plus … in honour of their ANZAC heroes. What a wonderful international phenomenon this has become.
So on to more practical issues … we have many new collection points coming on board all the time … so if you are wondering whether you have a local collection point to drop your poppies off … check the collection points page on the blog.
If you have sent poppies to us and can’t find your name and dedication on the blog … let us know and we will investigate. Keeping up with this information is detailed and quite time consuming so bear with us … we will get there.
We will be in Federation Square in Melbourne opposite Flinders Street Railway Station (if the weather is good) on 11 November from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Bring your hooks/needles and yarn to sit and make with us … if you wish or simply drop by to say hello … and/or drop of your poppies. We look forward to seeing you. If the weather is inclement … we will be downstairs in the Atrium near the Ian Potter Gallery entrance. You can’t miss us.
Keep your eye on the blog and the facebook page for events/workshops/displays.
That’s it for now.