Giant sunflower quilt destined for bombed buildings, muddy graveyards of Ukraine – ABC News

The bombed buildings and muddy graveyards of Ukraine are being wrapped in fabric by an Australian artist.

Not just any fabric. There will be a quilt of patches.

“ It ‘s like a giant hug for Ukraine, especially for the children, ” artist Janno McLaughlin said as she sat in her WWII army depot home in Scone.

McLaughlin, who has connections all over the world, was shattered by the news of Russia ‘s invasion.

I had a small connection with the Ukraine kids that I worked with, so my mind went straight to them, “ how are they, where are they, are they alive ? ”

She ‘s looking for about 1,000 quilt patches to make a huge art installation in a bid to turn something horrible into a bright burst of hope.

McLaughlin wants it to be as big as possible.

The more patches we can get, the better.

She said a creation that covered an acre block would send a message.

She said that they need to feel like they are not alone.

She said the sunflower was her inspiration.

McLaughlin said there was something about finding a symbol that the people of Ukraine could associate with.

A close up image of a patchwork quilt featuring images of sunflowers Scone artist Janno McLaughin has received hundreds of squares from all corners of the world.(

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She said the quilt patches symbolised hope and growth.

McLaughlin thinks that the quilt will be 100m by 100m and that people can hold it in an art event.

I would like to drape it from one of the bombed out train stations or the horrible mass graves.

There is artwork in the making.

The local Country Women ‘s Association is also on board.

The association is about helping people to offer comfort and support, according to the Scone and District president.

She said that people ‘s wellbeing is important.

“ If we can send some little messages of support and love and just embrace Ukraine, that ‘s what the project is all about. ”

The CWA celebrated its 100th birthday at the recent conference.

a woman working on a patch at a sewing machine The Scone Country Women’s Association branch has been helping with the sewing.(

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She said there were patches from all over the world.

“ I ‘m waiting on some from South Africa, we ‘ve had some from Massachusetts, New York, England, church groups, artists everywhere, New Zealand and all over Australia, ” she said.

They ‘re going to win this.

Iryna Pyrtko-Morozis is the founder ofcultural development and charity fund.

She lives in London and has a family in Ukraine.

They met last year.

She makes an impact every day. She talks about it all the time. MsPyrtko-Morozis said that she united people in support of Ukraine.

“ We can not all go to fight in Ukraine, not even be volunteers, but we all can do our own part and that is what brings us closer to each other as humans and brings us closer to the victory of justice, truth and independence. ”

A woman, wearing brightly colour clothes, inspects large sunflower quilt squares. Artist Janno McLaughlin has big hopes for the massive sunflower quilt.(

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McLaughlin said it was difficult for adults to fully understand what was happening in Ukraine.

She said that the way that they described it at Scone and District preschool was that people in Ukraine were sad and they wanted to do something that would lift their spirits.

The Ukrainians believe they ‘re going to win.

It ‘s not a war they wanted. They are protecting their homeland and their right to freedom.

When the horror is over, I can see the people coming together. We are going to move forward.

Handmade quilt patches, one reads 'love and peace for Ukraine'. Children have also been contributing with messages of hope.(

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How will it all come together ?

McLaughlin and her team are making travel a little easier.

She hopes to get it in by the country ‘s independence day.

She said the main goal was to get it to Ukraine.

I ‘ll take a plane and go to London if the worst happens.

She said the gesture had grown beyond expectations.

Would you like to take part ?

Send your 30 cm by 30 cm patches.

Janno Mclaughlin has a PO Box in Scone.

She said that art is powerful because you do n’t need to speak a language.

It feels like you are doing something when you watch the news while making the patches.

Trying to hold it together in the face of something so shocking.

Blue, yellow, and gold thread. McLaughlin hopes to have the finished quilt in Ukraine by the country’s Independence Day in August.(

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