From Narrogin Observer, Wednesday, September 4 1996
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Banner project sets sail in Railway Institute
Artist and illustrator Chris Williamson (centre front) discusses some of the design and fabric samples with the group of residents who turned up for the first day of the banner making project.

Banner project sets sail in Railway Institute

Narrogin's community arts banner project kicked off on Monday with the first session of the three-week program.

Artist and illustrator Christopher Williamson has been employed as artist-in-residence, and he is looking forward to working with the community project.

The aim is to produce 12 banners which can be used to add colour at community festivals and events.

Shaped like feathers the banners will be made from spinnaker and sail cloth.

"We will be using modern fabrics, materials and methods to put a contemporary look into an old art form - the flag", said Mr Williamson.

The finished banners will have their first showing at this year's Narrogin Spring Festival, however Mr Williamson said they would have a life long after the festival.

He is keen to involve as many different groups from the community in the making of the banners.

"I hope people get excited and spend as much time as possible working on the banners in the three weeks", he said.

The banner project is being run at the Railway Institute in Federal Street, Narrogin and the times are 9am to 5pm on Monday through to Friday, and 9am to midday on Saturday.

Although the banners are a craft project which uses the traditional feminine skills of sewing, Mr Williamson said it was not restricted only to women.

"It is not sewing in the traditional sense", he said.

"This type of design and art work opens out many possibilities for the use of fabric and thread".

People keen to work on the banners can call at the Railway Institute or contact Narrogin's Community Art Officer Mary Silverman.