An informal paper collage workshop where we deconstruct the current Melbourne Flag and discuss the design and craft of vexillology.
What makes a well-designed flag? A legitimate flag should be simple enough that anyone can make it from 1 to 4 pieces of paper. Be able to be read from a distance and printed as small as a button. Most importantly, it should bring together and represent a community and be symbolism in history and society.
The current Melbourne Flag was designed in 1848 and featured a white background with the red cross of Saint George. There is the Royal Crown in the centre, signifying the monarchy. Surrounding this is a dead sheep, a whale, a ship and a cow. I know, right?
The design can be considered exclusive and insulting as it fails to represent the city's current history and beyond 1848. Melbourne prides itself as a creative city that represents the diversity of different cultures and communities.