Curator’s Pick - September 14

French dress cotton from Americas Collection

The Poppy

The poppy has become a prominent and powerful symbol of remembrance in the UK during 2014 as we commemorate the centenary of the Great War.
This French dress cotton print from the Americas Collection dated September 1956 shows a poppy design printed on a textured pique woven fabric. The black leaf first colour separation contrasts with the earthy yet vibrant petals emerging in subsequent sensitive colour separations. Also a symbol of hope, the poppy grows in the most untendered or disturbed grounds.
To show our respects and remembrance to all the fallen men and women of our Commonwealth, we are planning to create a textile poppy installation to be displayed in Bradford College. And we invite all our friends to join us.
Please knit, crochet or embroider a poppy, or as many as you are able. You can follow the following free patterns:
or create your own design and send them to:
Helen Farrar, Curator of Textiles
Bradford College Textile Archive
D13 Old Building
Carlton Street
If you would like to contribute but don’t feel confident, or would enjoy working as part of the team, why not drop in to one of our friendly making sessions with Helen and Jo on Thursdays, 11am – 12.30pm. Please phone 01274 433257 to let us know you’re coming – we really welcome you to join us!
Let’s make this an installation to be proud of.
Lest we forget.