Yeppoon beachfront to host High Tide arts event
From The Capricorn Coast Mirror
THE concept for Anni Simmons's High Tide project - one of three events in Animating Spaces Yeppoon: Changing Tides - popped into her head during an early planning session for the event.
Her idea included colourful flags, big lanterns, music, fun, and light on the Yeppoon beachfront.
When funding was approved, she had to sit down and do some serious thinking about how to deliver on the picture in her mind.
Anni has been sewing since the age of seven. She is inspired by different textiles, textures, colours and how they can be worked to create different effects.
Basic plans took shape; flags would be 1.1m square and lanterns would be 1.5m by 1.5m and turned into cylinder shapes.
With the help of local primary school-aged children to design the flags and local artist Nanette Balchin to design the lanterns, work started in April.
Anni enlisted the skills of fellow creative sewer Jill Corry-Rose. Farnborough School submitted drawings with the help and inspiration of teacher Pam Purton.
At the same time, Anni was invited by teacher Kate Blyde to talk about her artistic concepts at St Benedict's.
The children submitted drawings to be adapted into flags and a workshop was conducted at the Fig Tree Creek markets in May for children to do some special drawings themed around the ocean.
Yeppoon Central shopping centre offered to assist with school holiday workshops for children to decorate over 400 bunting flags.
With all the creative images selected, it is now full steam ahead for Anni, Nanette and Jill as they prepare for High Tide on Yeppoon beachfront on Friday evening, July 11, from 5-8pm.
Bring the kids and a rug, a picnic dinner or a takeaway meal and come and watch High Tide unfold, complete with a full moon, flag parade, a brilliant display of colourful, life-sized lanterns, music, drumming and circus.