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Support idea for knitted socks exhibition

READER'S STORY: I am asking for support for a Anzac Centenary Exhibition.

'A change of socks' will be an exhibition of socks during April-May 2015 at Gatakers Artspace.

The title, "A change of socks" references the socks knitted by families back home, for war personal overseas during War, in particular world war I and in particular the socks knitted from the 1917 instructions.

I am asking participants to knit a pair of socks according to the 1917 instructions and then also to interpret the instructions to create a change... a change of socks.

Prior to the exhibition, sock knitting workshops will take place and knitters of socks will demonstrate and workshop ideas, techniques and interpretations at the exhibition.

During the exhibition I will ask the contributing knitters to demonstrate and teach knitting.

The exhibition will also contain as many knitted socks stories that we can find, both from exhibiting knitters, but also from the Anzac archives and local returned WWI servicemens' families and friends.

There are many stories out there, ready to be shared.

With a focus on the home front in Queensland, the Change of Socks project will focus on how the community rallied together for the war effort.

The Australian War Museum had an exhibition, Knitting for the Troops in 2013, where they say... "One thing many Australians did during both the First and Second World Wars was knit. Australia-wide, local organisations, schools, church groups, knitting circles, and individuals banded together to undertake the huge task of providing comforts to Australian troops. During the course of the First World War, Australians knitted over one million pairs of socks as gifts for the troops.

Historian Michael McKernan estimated at 10 hours of work per pair, that would be an extraordinary 10 million hours of work." (

Hopefully they can contribute to this exhibition along with the National Archive, who a variety of socks, patterns and memories.

The workshops and exhibition will once again focus on the homefront in Queensland, in particular in Maryborough.

I have been thinking about this exhibition for a few years now.

I am applying for funding from the Queensland Anzac Centenary Grants Program, but need a few groups on side first.

Are you able to write a letter of support?

Any ideas welcome.

- Coralie Gunn

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