We’re happy to share from the Waratah Community website…
“Waratah Church will again be holding its annual Carols by Candlelight Sunday 13th December at Batavia Ave Reserve off Northport Blvd. (WA)
Family Fun time will commence from 5pm with lots of entertainment for all ages of children including a fun toddler jam session, tractor train rides, games, and a dunk tank.
If you’re hungry you can visit our catering stall to purchase delicious food and cool drinks. At 7pm, you can purchase a $2 candle and get ready for the show.
It will be an unforgettable night of fun, love, laughter, singing and of course, a celebration of the coming of Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world!!”
So, how many sleeps!?!? Is YOUR message standing tall and bright too?
It’s Willunga, Place of Green Trees, and Linda Sanders is working her creative magic.
With over 40 years’ experience in marketing and promotions, plus the past 17+ years specialising ONLY in feather banners, Linda rightly deserves the title, “banner queen”.
In 1998, when she introduced the feather-flag to South Australia by sewing scraps of ripstop nylon together to produce “tall, flaggy things”, the craze took off!
What is it most customers need? – high visibility, extreme durability, washable and repairable, all these and more.
Linda’s colourful banners are certainly the talk of South Australia. Which means, your business will soon be the talk of everyone in YOUR location.
What makes OzFeathers so different from all the other examples?
Fabric – THICKER (200denier nylon) and BRIGHTER (pre-dyed with rich colours).
Design – Linda’s layouts win design awards, and OzFeathers focus on each business owner’s bottom line results, offering an expected minimum of 10% increase in foot traffic, with 25% also not unusual.
Service – Linda personally chats with each customer to learn what exactly is required. “Leave the design part up to me, but let me know WHY you need street marketing…?”
Sometimes, customers’ comments include, “we’ve tried others, but they fade fast… tear easily… look old quickly… droop in the heat… get dirty and can’t be washed…” – all problems which are non-existent for OzFeathers.
Forget the thin, the pale and the illegible – let this style of advertising be a thing of the past!
There’s advertising, then there’s GREAT advertising… so invest wisely for guaranteed long-term success.
Our challenge – how to create individual feather banner artwork for 14 kite flyers who all want something uniquely different? What works for one, won’t work for another, simply because we all have our own likes and dislikes. This workshop was going to be fun and provoking all in one.
Alan’s wasn’t difficult; he simply wanted to add two more China Lady designs to the feather banner he’d made in 2013. Alan already knew the routine and just needed the set of pre-cut fabric pieces.
Newcomer Philippa hadn’t attended our workshop before, and opted for a mini-mural (set of 3) featuring the “Aquarium” design with angel, clown and dory fish. Was she challenging everyone present by attempting to make three banners in just one day?
Don shared with us a caricature representing himself as a young lad with a kite. We chose an outdoor scene by adding some fresh-air elements to create the appearance of him running to keep his kite aloft.
Keith was keenly determined to challenge himself by combining the intricacies of coloured stripes with a message in serif typeface. This banner was to become a dedication to his own kite group, www.grumpyoldgits.org so it needed to be stunning.
Malcolm started early with his planning, 14 months early to be exact. His use of chilli images to mark his kite territory are apparently well known. He even arrived to the workshop wearing a chilli-decorated waistcoat. Knowing that the workshop was “design your own feather banner”, Malcolm simply asked for… chillies!
Sheila’s advanced sewing skills meant that although she was a first timer, she was more than ready to tackle a single “Aquarium” design. At the end of day one, she was already close to completion, having taken the heat-weld technique in her stride.
Team Alison & Richard returned after their 2013 success with a desire to feature a male peacock in full show-off mode, as seen in an image from a beach towel. With some artistic licence and blending of colour shades, their audacious design featured no less than 50 individual pre-cut fabric pieces!
David’s design came from the heart. He requested four components – symbols to represent his family of four. For his wife who is a Cancer survivor, one daughter named “Holly”, another daughter named “Jenni” (the Jenny wren as featured on the farthing, old currency), and finally “Rocky Horror Show” lips signalling David’s fascination for the show.
Team Andrew & Kathleen erupted into the workshop room with their kitchen sink (almost) by unloading an industrial sewing machine with extra tables and multiple boxes of sewing equipment. Not bad for residents of Scotland driving down to Swindon for a 2-day workshop weekend. Their decision to make a total of nine banners was to benefit their daily work – a kite business with featured outdoor displays. A series of nine colourful banners will be crowd-drawing, attracting more customers for them.
Team Sandra & Andrew already had their theme, as currently seen on one of their kites. It was the decorated skull from “Day of the Dead” celebrations, to feature on a solid black background. They were faced with much consternation vs. even more patience, but this married-almost-one-year couple sailed through with flying colours. Pun intended.
Stuart presented the most challenging of our design tasks. “Start with my jacket” he said, where the photo he’d sent featured a warrior face (featured on a Japanese Rokkaku kite) surrounded by purple and white waves and rope-like scrolls. Translation = make a square peg fit in a round hole! But, as Stuart put the last stitches into place at 5:15pm on the final workshop day, his grin was so large he put the Cheshire Cat to shame.
In summing up… designing the right feather banner layout definitely requires experience and understanding of the medium. This is something we’ve studied, practised and enjoyed since 1998.
When you’re not sure what it is that you want, we’re more than happy to help make your own square peg fit into something we know a lot about!
To grow your business, you need to be SEEN!! Think… peacock!
With Bondi Beach’s annual “Festival of the Winds” kite festival over for another year, it’s time to plan for 2016.
Jan O’Loughlin is a Queensland-based kite designer and her inflatable Astronaut kites are extremely popular with kite fliers everywhere.
Her designs are made available worldwide through PeterLynn Kites, New Zealand.
A Canberra-based owner of a pair of Astronaut kites asked us to work on a NEW feather banner to display when he’s out at his local flying area. His way of saying “I’m over HERE!”
Knowing that Jan’s kite designs make such a statement in the sky, we decided to create a scene where the Astronauts appear to hover in outer space… totally at home with their surroundings.
We start with a photo of the two kites in the sky. Our patterns are created from high resolution images of the kite(s) in question, and from there we move on to the cutting.
Sewing the designs can be an intricate task, but we take the time to produce high-grade seam work, always, with stunning results. In the sunlight, our (as yet) unnamed Astronauts seem to have an eerie glow about them!
So, keep your eyes peeled – this might be seen on a flying field near YOU!
Go BIG! – Go BOLD! – Get Noticed!
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