Wednesday, 4 April 2012

jack dandy

i had occasion to go to town today
on a client visit
taking a shortcut to the hills again
i swung by an emporium on a quiet back street
and having a minute or two to spare
popped in to have a look about

i found this extraordinary treasure
a Union Jack
stitched together from carpet pieces
and not just any old carpet
they were pieces of Afghan treasure
so far as i could tell

i was mightily intrigued by this, so i had a little google-rummage
and came up with some interesting links
here and here
it's a lovely piece but somehow i can't imagine chopping up perfectly beautiful rugs in order to piece a flag...


  1. ummmm! as a brit, i'm sure what i feel about our flag being made from 'afgan treasure'... if it upcycled - taking the best bits from worn-out rugs - that's ok... but if not, oh my...
    thanks for sharing :)

  2. ummmm all sorts of 'interesting' connotations in that (oh boy!)on a purely aesthetic level - its really a fab bit of work don't you think (damn it but isn't the union jack a marvelous design)

  3. amazing and recycling, so interesting yes. But I wonder if they really are repurposed or maybe designed to be a topically 'recycled' item for the european market, esp in this our Olympic year?
    Maybe next theyll become flags of whichever country next hosts the olympics?
    And gosh! What prices lol

  4. I saw lots of 'upcycled' rugs at Maison et Objet this year, perhaps something of a trend. Many of them were over-dyed with some really lurid colours, so I hate to think of the environmental impact of that. A few however were not over-dyed and had a lovely faded grandeur, and seemed to have all the wonderful qualities of patchwork tradition, i.e. recycling, tradition and a narrative of time and place.

  5. Art is so subjective... I think this is such a literal representation of the Union Jack that it misses the mark. It's a lovely iconic image and certainly well executed, but it looks like it should be up on a flagpole.

    If you haven't seen Sara Rahbar's work, check it out. Visually, I love her combinations of materials and fabrics. However, she turns flags into a political statement which makes them quite controversial.

    1. thank you for drawing my attention to Sara Rahbar's work!

  6. I think it's a great political statment- the glory of an empire built from the ruin of other cultures... on the other hand, it's also a smashing bit of wall decor. You could easily make one from any red/white/blue or pink/cream/purple, black/grey/grey... whatever colour. The shape of the design is so recognisable the colours no longer matter. I've been planning one for awhile- then I visited the Ballarat art gallery, saw the Eureka flag...and now I'm building one of those as well! Can we say too many projects...