This is a beautiful display. Complex in its simplicity.
I used the phrase: ‘Every suitcase tells a story’ as the sub-theme for this display.
Hands – holding up hands – spread out hands, greeting hands, hands asking for help or held up as protection from violence or disaster are the base of this display.
I stapled lots of them around the V-shape I create in the middle of the display board to give the display movement.
Bars – borders – wires – fences are all ways to keep refugees in or out.
All refugees face huge obstacles and I used black netting to symbolize being caught up in the maelstrom of displacement. To represent all refugees from all over the world in any kind of situation, I used the same image over and over because in spite of our differences we are the same in our wishes and dreams, not only for ourselves but even more so for our children: a
Not only the people who escape war, drought, famine and disasters are refugees but also those who try to escape abuse and violence at home.
I thought it would be fitting to create a starry night for. We are all people
What you need:
- Couple of old suitcases (Op shop – family – friends/colleagues)
- Silver wrapping paper or illuminating wrapping paper
- Garden or fishing netting
- Lots of cut out images of different coloured people in different sizes and different colours of card
- Lots of cut out images of hands in different sizes
- REFUGEE heading
What to do: Starry sky:
Use the illuminating paper to cut out lots and lots of stars in different sizes. Have them laminated to give them more body. Wrap the silver wrapping paper around a frame attached to the display board and staple it in place. Attach the shiny stars all over the board and hang the Christmas lights in place.
Cut lots and lots of images that represents refugees. You can search Google free images or get them from magazines or discarded books. Copy them in different sizes. Paste them on different coloured card. Cut also lots and lots of hands (same sources) and paste them on the refugee images. Keep a dozen hands to staple directly on the display board.
Staple the silver-coloured wrapping paper to the board. Create a line from the middle bottom part of the board to the middle left and right top part of the board. The V-shape adds depth and gives the display a dynamic feeling.
Staple the hands to the board but make sure not to use the space inside the V-shape. Staple the netting roughly over the hands to symbolize the fences, bars and borders that keep refugees from safety. Use the lines of the V-shape as a guideline.
Staple the heading of the display in the middle. Make sure the lines are straight. Under the heading you can staple the phrase: ‘Every suitcase tells a story.’ Beginning at the end of the board I staple the smaller images of people and work towards the middle, ending with the largest images of people on the lines of the V-shape to create movement heading towards you. It symbolises all kinds of people coming from different directions,
Place the suitcases in front of the display. Arrange the books on the display stand, in or on top of the suitcases and spread them around on the floor in front of the display.