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FIRST PEACE, CND, BADGE ERIC AUSTEN.1958

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Published: September 23, 2010
I put this photo on here now becuase I donated five remaining ones to the  Bradford Peace Museum, and they want me to sign a copyright form so they can use them,to publicise the Museum, Gea x

FIRST PEACE BADGE ERIC AUSTEN,,,by My father,,
The first badges were made by Eric Austen of Kensington CND using white clay with the symbol painted black. Again there was a conscious symbolism. They were distributed with a note explaining that in the event of a nuclear war, these fired pottery badges would be among the few human artifacts to survive the nuclear inferno" ...
Someone asked me if I had ever put the CND sign in one of my designs//I have once,,
but I have a very different attitude to it than I think a lot of peope would expect,
My father was a real Purist,,
he loved simplicity, and black and white,
,. when the whole Peace movement developed,,
many years later, he absolutely winced at what was done to the sign
,, the embellishments of all kinds..
so I think I have copied him, we were extremely close,,
and I worshipped him..
he taught me to draw and paint ,, from when I was three,, and we used to sit together when he was making his pottery and talk about what he would do next.. and different designs etc. I have always felt the simplicity of the design is very beautiful,,, and enough in itself.. I'm glad the Peace movement have embraced the sign, and that people have made it their own.. the extraordinary popularity of the design is due to something I believe is quite sacred ... Gea Austen.


I saw the angel in the marble  and I carved so I could set him free Michelangelo



Gea Austen

Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art. -Leonardo da Vinci
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I put this photo on here now becuase I donated five remaining ones to the  Bradford Peace Museum, and they want me to sign a copyright form so they can use them,to publicise the Museum, Gea x
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 Gea, thank u for sharing such an amazing description Hug 
was he working with Gerald Holtom ?
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yes.. in a way,, well they were friends , and both went to art school together and both were conscientious objectors , they came from Norfolk to London together,, I don't remember Gerald Holtom, but saw a lot of people come and go, I was only six.. but the thing I remember clearly was helping my father chose the design x
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Gea, hen I found your page and read some the writings on your Artwork, almost fell off my chair :chairdance: , the first piece of Artwork I did back in the 60's was a....Give Peace A Chance
I'm happy u r here Hug 
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