Republic of Australia by Kim  Lynch

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The colours print brighter and more pastel than they are shown here in the preview.

It’s a no-brainer that Australia will eventually become a Republic. Empires collapse. Flags change. It’s a fact of life.

Our nearest neighbor tore the blue stripe off their Dutch flag and went with the red and white. India has orange for the Hindus, green for the Muslims and the Wheel of Dharma for the Buddhists. America represented its states and the 13 colonies that rebelled against the British Crown.

Australia is having a quiet war of independence. The monarchists are using emotive arguments and weasel words to stall the inevitable. Our Asian neighbors are standing by patiently, waiting for us to grow up and leave home.

Check the web page – http://www.thesunandstars.com
There is a whole lot of information about the many layers to this symbol and its relevance to our modern multicultural society.

Here’s a snippet about symbol design and the old federation flag:

…We no longer live in the “White Australia” that the flag was designed for. We now have 199 immigrant language groups as well as the hundreds of indigenous groups to include when we are to decide on a new national flag. No other country has taken on such a complex design challenge when deciding on a new flag…

Popular themes such as the kangaroo, the southern cross or a wattle sprig just won’t cut it, they are not relevant to all Australians. We must try harder this time. We need a symphony.

A true symbol is not a logo or trademark. It must go to the essence of the subject and have deeper layers that enhance its meaning.

Our contribution is the Sun and Stars…
(or the Land and Seas – depending on how you see it)

I started screen printing in my Grannie’s shed when I was an Art Student, making posters for my bands the Red Onions and the Loved Ones. Turned my hand to painting, printmaking, graphic art and multimedia over many years. Here are some images and themes that interest me.

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