Like many things, Rebel Field started with a need. As a new mom, I spend a lot of time exploring the historic towns surrounding my home with my son. While in Concord, I fell in love with the imagery and symbolism of the earliest colonial flags—specifically the the Continental, which is believed to have been flown at the Battle of Bunker Hill. The flag can be seen in John Trumbull's historic painting, The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill, June 17, 1775.
The flag is a version of the British ensign used by Queen Anne to represent the empire. Instead of the Union Jack in the upper corner, colonists substituted the green pine tree, a symbol of New England.
While looking for a flag to hang in my home, I soon found that there were no high-quality replicas available. I wanted a beautiful piece that reflected the proud and powerful history of this area of the country. Poorly printed nylon wasn't really going to cut it. The best I could find was a print cut from an old book (below).
So I thought about other solutions. What would it take to make the flag I wanted? Once I started talking to makers and vendors about making my own, the positive response I got inspired me to make a whole run of them—and the idea for Rebel Field was born.
Thanks to the help of designer and illustrator Michael Adams, we created a handful of designs based on the pine tree and other symbols. Working with Oxford Pennant in Buffalo, we created the beautiful hand-sewn piece we are proud to sell today.