Vexillologists and Flag Enthusiasts of Portland, Oregon
UK Parliament Flag Project
To celebrate the 750th anniversary of the Montfort Parliament, the UK Parliament is hosting a nation-wide flag design project for British schoolchildren (ages 7-11). The children are given a brief primer on flag design (including a video) developed by flag artist Jonathan Parsons, and then asked to create a flag to represent their local community. Although students are asked to start by drawing a sketch of their flag, they finish by constructing their design out of colored (or, as they say, coloured) paper in 14 permitted shades. Fitting the UK’s reputation for excellence in design, the Parliament Flag Project provides — to adults as well as children — a beautifully made online resource for good flag design.
Designs will be added throughout the year to an online gallery, and selected designs will be turned into actual cloth flags to be used at events. Here are some early examples: