Flagmakers were delighted to recently work alongside Chesham based company Theatre Props. As the name suggests the Social Enterprise would normally supply theatre and arts groups with props for performances. Our part in this story it was quite the standard flag order but thanks to Theatre props the outcome was rather different.
Theatre Props were approached by award winning photographer Scott Heavey to provide a ‘war torn flags’ look for a photo shoot with Getty Images. We were excited to be apart of this, as most of our flags are either made from scratch or maintenance and restoration type works. Theatre Props intentions with our supplied hand sewn flags were quite the opposite; they did a fantastic job in transforming the new flags in to the required distressed look.
The required look of the flags relates to the history of Fencing and its original use for military training, which dates back between 1458 and 1471. Fencing then shifted to a sporting pursuit during the mid-18th century. The theory behind the ‘war torn’ flags was to show an acknowledgement and the appreciation of fencing’s origin and its history.
Set in the spectacular Mansion House, the Lord Mayor of London made way for the Beazley International Fencing Trophy as men’s foils teams from Great Britain, Italy, USA and France competed for the spoils. We’re delighted to report that Great Britain took the gold medal as the curtain falls on Beazley’s successful five-year sponsorship of British Fencing.
The flags were to be draped over the participants during a pre-tournament photo shoot, Flagmakers were chosen by the props company for their quality and our ability to manufacture hand-sewn items. Theatre Props were eager to source the flags locally and, with pressing deadlines; we all worked together in creating something a little different, in which helped contribute to some stunning images. We stock a huge range of national flags and I’m sure our theatre friends would be happy to offer that ‘war torn’ look if you so desired.
See here to see more from Theatre Props: http://theatreprops.org/
Photographs by Scott Heavey: www.scottheavey.com