Friday, June 5, 2009
Joy for June! Just when I think that the "waters" of the Woven Voices project are calming down, a new wave washes to shore.
This past week I received images from Africa. Ian was a student at Bowdoin College in Maine when he sent me dozens of messages of hope and peace from his fellow students. Now he is a Peace Corps volunteer in Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa. The photos here taken were taken on Muslim New Years in front of his school, Suduwol Upper Basic School. I sent these flags to him in the fall/2008 with the hope of receiving a photo someday. I learned from Ian's mother that it takes him 7 hours in a bus with many river/ferry crossings to get to Banjul where he has slow Internet access!
Here's what Ian says: "Thanks for the flags. They are standing up well to the African sun and wind, and the rains will be coming soon. The students are the 7th and 8th graders in my school who are in the Library Club."
Heartfelt thanks to Ian for going the extra miles to get these images to me! I am VERY grateful.
I also have images of the prayer flags in Germany which I will post soon. The ripple effect of the Woven Voices project is still in motion!
Speaking of continuity, I will be back in Market Square, Portsmouth, NH on Thursday June 11th, at noon. I have about 100 messages to read which should take about 45 minutes. I hope you will join me to read and honor these words of peace and hope gathered from as far as Nepal and as close as home.
As always, continue to send me messages and please consider coming to my studio to weave prayer flags (York is a lovely destination in the summer!).