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Club Dinner Meeting – Lynn Berry – 5000 Poppies
April 9, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
SPEAKER: Lynn Berry
Lynn Berry is a fibre artist based in Melbourne Australia, who loves to dabble in freeform knitting/crochet and all things fibre. She came to fibre arts gradually having been a knitter from a very young age, and her work springs from a lifelong passion with colour and texture. She uses a combination of traditional knitting, free-form knitting, machine knitting and hand and machine felting and loves to put her considerable skills to a worthwhile project.
TOPIC: 5,000 Poppies.
What began as a small personal tribute by Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight to honour their fathers who both fought in World War II, has become an international tribute of respect and remembrance to those who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, their families and their communities.
The pair set out to crochet a humble 120 poppies to “plant” at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne Australia for Remembrance Day in 2013 in honour of their fathers Wal Beasley (14/32nd Battalion – Australian Imperial Forces) and Stan Knight (Queen’s Own West Kent Regiment – British Army).
It was this simple tribute of love and honour that sparked a massive community outpouring with an estimated 50,000 plus contributors to the project and hundreds of smaller localised tributes throughout Australia, New Zealand and beyond.
More than 300,000 stunning handcrafted poppies have been contributed from all over the world. Contributors include children as young as two, right through to people aged 102, and from many different backgrounds and cultures.