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Remembering the fallen at new Pyramid exhibition
3:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014 in News
AN artist will document moments from the First World War by creating tapestry with a difference at the Pyramid.
Emma Brown will mark the Great War’s centenary with an illustration, which will be displayed in the foyer of arts centre in the town, created in the style of a Bayeux Tapestry.
The 25-year-old, who graduated from Manchester School of Art with a first class honours degree in 2010, said: “I wanted to create something where people would stop and take a look at it and reflect on what happened.”
Using photos she discovered online as a starting point, Emma, from Appleton, hopes to depict a range of scenes from the war including life on the front line, home front, at sea, in the air force and medical services.
She said: “I studied history at A-level and I have always been interested in the First World War but did not know a great deal about it.
“The thing that struck me was how innovative they were. They would use trumpets and horns, which were attached to helmets, for hearing planes coming.
“It just show how inventive the troops had to be to adapt to life on the front line.”
Emma, who has held art exhibitions across the country, didn’t always have the confidence to pursue a career in art but, after years of practising, now says she couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
She said: “Art was always something I did at school but I wasn’t very good at it. But it’s something I persevered with and I’m glad I did.
“I started off with drawing and that’s how I developed my skills as an artist.
“For this piece, I wanted a simple and effective way of capturing a lot of different scenarios while containing them within themed sections.
“I've kept the drawings as true to the images as possible to ensure that my representation is accurate.”
The illustration is almost complete and Emma hopes to have finished the art work in the next month.
The piece is part of Culture Warrington’s First World War Commemoration which will see a range of events and exhibitions across the town over the next four years.
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