18th October 2018
Students studying Art & Design courses at York College have joined in the nation-wide effort to produce around 30,000 poppies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War.
The students’ poppies were crafted in a variety of materials including metal, fabric, enamel, copper and wool. They were initially displayed in the College atrium before being taken to be part of the year-long Poppy Project in York; a spectacular art installation cascading the walls of All Saints' Church, Pavement, displaying poppies made by people from all over the country. The poppies will be intertwined with those created by relatives of those who died in the war and other conflicts.
Charlie Hill, previously from Harrogate Grammar School, is a first year Extended Diploma 3D Design Crafts student who made his poppy out of copper. He said: “Working in copper is a relatively new medium for me and I really enjoyed the making process. I hammered the copper to create the shape and used a chisel to give it lines. The leaf was rolled and formed on a stake and then riveted together with the flower, which is a reddish-brown in colour. I’m proud that my poppy will be placed with all the other poppies in the Armistice project, which is a great idea.”
The installation at All Saints’ Church is on display from 3rd - 19th November, after which the poppies will be taken to the National Railway Museum to be draped over a steam locomotive used to ferry troops during the First World War. Photos of York railwaymen who died in the conflict will also be on display.