Colourful Cancer Society bandannas were at the heart of this exhibition, organised by CanTeen Manawatu, and held at the Globe Theatre, Palmerston North. I walked in the door, paid my gold coin donation, and looked at amazement at over 100 wall hangings and cushion covers, all made from bandannas.
This is the first time such an exhibition has been held, the ladies on the desk told me. The Manawatu team decided to take up the challenge, and organise the competition and exhibition. Not as I had naively imagined, with the entries being made by patients. This competition was opened up to schools, and the general public, and was wholeheartedly supported. There were four categories, entries from Primary schools, Secondary schools, and Learning Support. Then quilters and crafters alike got behind the idea and the entries poured in for the Open Section.
Each entry had to contain a recognisable portion of one or more of the colourful bandannas which the young cancer patients like to wear. And what a colourful variety there was, made in all sorts of techniques and styles.
Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer, as I have been myself, so it was good to see all the bright and colourful works of art bring a positive message.