December 12, 2013

December News

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.
~ Meister Johann Eckhart

Red Bluff Art Gallery photo by Anastasia Nelson
Red Bluff Art Gallery photo by Anastasia Nelson

The Bhavana Project flags are still gracing the Red Bluff Art Gallery.  I was recently asked by my friend (whose house we blessed with flags and wishes) to make a blank set of flags that will be used in a private fundraiser she is organizing to help defray medical costs for her friend.  Supporters will have the opportunity create a flag and the finished set will go to the recipient.  Both the giver and recipient were past participants in the Bhavana Project.  I love that the healing energy continues to move onward and upward!

Happy Holidays to you!

October 14, 2013

House Blessing

"To create is to share.  To share is to give back gift for gift, blessing for blessing."
- Matthew Fox

House Blessing Flags
House Blessing Flags

I recently led a house blessing for a friend, including her and a group of friends.  We made a set of prayer flags.  It is heartwarming to see the creative process in action bringing connection with it.  Ritual is an important element to connecting.  Such simple human acts are healing as they bring us together.

September 25, 2013

Flags in Red Bluff

Bhavana Project Set#1 in Red Bluff Art Gallery
Bhavana Project Set#1 in Red Bluff Art Gallery

All three sets of the Bhavana Project flags are now on show at the Red Bluff Art Gallery located north of Sacramento in Northern California.  This is not the first time flags have appeared there.  Back in 2008, the second set was exhibited within the gallery walls.  Local artist Asya Lesly completed a flag for the project.   I am so pleased that all three sets could be shared with the Red Bluff community.

The Red Bluff Gallery is a busy cooperative, owned/operated by artists and managed by my  friends, Phil Dynan and Anastasia Nelson.  In addition to the gallery, they sell art supplies, hold events, workshops, and classes, as well as offering photography services.  Check them out at this link.

August 26, 2013

It Is Complete!

Peace is Within, Soar to the Stars by Linda Friedman
Peace is Within, Soar to the Stars by Linda Friedman

Very pleased to report that Linda Friedman, an artist from Vista CA, has finished her beautiful flag for the Bhavana Project's Peace set.  That completes this set, Readers!

Linda drew inspiration for the flag from a friend's photo of a public sculpture.  Linda reinterpreted the image  to cloth with paint, adding stitching and beading.  Linda mentions, "Because a couple of the beaded stars and the arms of the figures reach beyond the beaded frame, it seems to me as if a movement toward peace reached beyond boundaries of time and space."

The wording on the flag reads: Peace is within. Soar to the Stars.

Linda Friedman and her granddaughter with flags.
Linda Friedman and her granddaughter with flags.

Thank you very much for your contribution, Linda!  Your creativity has added a wonderful final touch to this series of flags.

The flags are heading to northern California for an exhibit later this year.  Stay tuned for details.

August 12, 2013

Flags Created!

All set up with Bhavana Project flags in back drop...
All set up with Bhavana Project flags in back drop...

Sunday's flag workshop at Buster's Baskets was a fun afternoon of creative play.  First let me thank Tina Millman, proprietor of Buster's, for welcoming us and hosting this event.  Thank you to all the ladies who brought their energy and intention to the workshop.  I was happy to guide the explorations.

After loosening up with some creative exercises, it was on to flags...All were receptive and open, diving right into bringing their ideas to cloth. 

prayer flag workshop

Creative juices flowed using paint, glue, fabric, crayons, pencils, embellishments, and more.

prayer flag workshop
Cutting fabric...

prayer flag workshop
Almost done...

prayer flag workshop
More flags drying...

prayer flag workshop
Zara's  and Theresa's colorful flags...

prayer flag workshop
Sherry's insect flags

prayer flag workshop
Ruby's flags

It was a joy to spend the day with these ladies, watching the flags develop.  Would like to join in?  What would you put on your flag?  There will be more workshops in the future, so stay in touch!

July 8, 2013

I Hope to Bring...

leaves with poetry by cindy rinne
Flag by Cindy Rinne, May 2010

I hope to bring an atmosphere of peace
I am calm
I am alive
I am open to adventure

Cindy's friends display flags...

Revisiting May 2010 with flag and words by Cindy Rinne, artist and poet.  Learn more about Cindy at Fiberverse.

June 18, 2013

August Workshop

For all of you Southern Californians, I will be teaching a special Creative Circle Flag workshop on August 11th in Culver City.  Do you have something to express?  Ready to play with fabric?  Join us!  See the Special Events page on this site for details.

June 7, 2013

Expressive Flags Abound

It's daring not to shut anyone out of our hearts, not to make anyone an enemy.  If we begin to live like this, we'll find that we actually can't define someone as completely right or completely wrong anymore. 
- Pema Chodron from Comfortable with Uncertainty
many prayer flags hanging inside a museum
Prayer Flag Project at Oceanside Museum of Art 2012

Have you taken the time to notice the variety of personal and group projects out there that are based on a theme of prayer flags?  These flags cross cultural and spiritual boundaries in seemingly endless forms.  It pleases me to see them.  Such endeavors link us to the basic goodness found within each one of us.

Here are some recent discoveries:
Spark the Heart is a group flag project begun by Ruth Davis.  Several years ago Ruth invited participants to make flags for a Community Prayer Flag event in downtown Phoenix.  She will be doing something similar soon.  Go to Ruth's site for details.

Fiber artist Regina B. Dunn created a quilt called "Spread Peace" using flag images.  In addition to quilts, Regina also makes prayer flags as an expression of caring.

And of course, there is the ongoing online Prayer Flag Project with creations from people all over the world.  Visit the site to see more.

Please let me know about your favorite projects.  I would be pleased to share them and spread the word!

May 9, 2013

Art,Tea and Flags

window with prayer flags and fabric balls
I recently had an Artist Showcase and Tea event.  You can read more about that here.  At the Tea, I showed flags and talked about the idea behind the Bhavana Project.  Some of the ladies spoke about similar related projects, including friendship quilts, that became the means to their own healing process.  There are many avenues for sharing and connecting with others.  Creativity can play a pivotal do not undervalue it!

April 9, 2013

Peace in Stillness

Prayer Flag by Sara Cloud  2009

Revisiting 2009 with the Peace theme.  This flag made by Sara Cloud from Ojai.  
Caption reads: Mountain stillness in motion.

Bhavana Project, Set #3 in 2009

Like what you see?  Consider joining us and making a flag. 

January 22, 2013

Aprons as Prayer Flags

In 2012, a group of Albuquerque artists used the medium of the apron to express themes from women’s lives, struggles and history.  The Apron Project was an outdoor installation in downtown Albuquerque, NM during March 2012.  Another such exhibit is planned for March 2013 to be displayed at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.  If you would like to submit an apron, or contribute in any way, please go to their website WomynsWork or their Facebook page for more information.

January 21, 2013

Welcome to 2013

Bhavana Project Set# 3- August 2009
Happy New Year to you!  The Bhavana Project's third set is still in progress with the last flag being worked on.  While we wait, let us revisit the beginnings....please enjoy the lyric, flowing flag made by Sigrid Wagner in August 2009.

Sigrid Wagner 7-2009

The words are: "This wonderous sound brings me back to myself. I send my heart out with the sound of the river. Listen Listen Listen Listen"
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