Austerity Era Cushions

heraldic-needlepointHeraldic Needlepoint’s Austerity Era cushion designs are all taken from posters issued by various departments of the British Government during previous periods of austerity (stylistically, the last 3 are First World War, the remainder are Second World War)

  1. Dig for Victory
  2. Dig on for Victory
  3. Dig for Plenty
  4. Make Do and Mend
  5. Make Do and Mend (Mrs Sew-and-Sew)
  6. Go Through Your Wardrobe
  7. Freedom is in Peril: Defend it with all your might
  8. Keep Calm and Carry On
  9. Save Kitchen Scraps to Feed the Hens
  10. Save Kitchen Waste to Feed the Pigs
  11. We Want Your Kitchen Waste
  12. Don’t Take Alcoholic Drinks
  13. To Dress Extravagently in Wartime
  14. Rally Round the Flag: Every Fit Man Wanted

Please note: These images are reproduced by courtesy of The National Archives and The Imperial War Museum who own the reproduction rights and these images may not be reproduced without their permission.

The Austerity Era cushions cost £ 34.99 plus postage
Alerted by this media release.

Second World War posters continue to fascinate many!

National Archives: The Art of War

The National Archives: The Art of War
In 2005, whilst The National Archives were looking for artist biography material, they came across my website, read about my PhD thesis, and decided they needed my expertise. I was contracted in as an editorial consultant. It was a great opportunity to go behind the scenes at the National Archives (where “all” (well, about 3% per year) of government records are housed at Kew. I’d already spent weeks at the National Archives (along with weeks at Colindale, the Imperial War Museum and Mass-Observation, with shorter stints at other archives), but continued with some further research, and then wrote the following content for the site:

Saatchi and Saatchi
Kevin Roberts, CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi worldwide has picked up on the Keep Calm and Carry On poster (and I am pleased to say, has referenced my work, as did Barter Books in the first instance!)… it is an inspiring poster, particularly for 2009, even if it never came into play during the war years!

Keep Calm-o-Matic
Make your own version of the slogan using an online generator! No wonder there’s so many different versions out there… get parody-ing!  Here’s what I generated


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