Thursday, May 10, 2012

What goes around

You know that old expression "What goes around, comes around" ? To me this means what you send out eventually comes back to roost at home. I used to tell my kids that love is a boomerang. If you send it out, it will come back. But like throwing a boomerang, which takes practice and patience, so does sending out love. Each prayer flag from the Woven Voices project is like a little love letter. We send them out across the miles of ocean and land and eventually something comes back here to York.
Last month, I received this email:

Old prayer flag on rock in Wales
Frances reproduction of Wales prayer flag
"I live in Denmark, but originally come from Wales, UK, and often visit. I was in North Wales last year with a good friend, who took me to a deserted slate quarry - mines, ruined houses, spoil heaps, beautiful nature. He is taking part in an art project about the place; he wanted to show me something he had found, tied to a piece of slate fencing facing away from the path that passes by.

I have sent you an image of the piece; as you will see, it resembles your prayer flags to a remarkable degree.  All indications point to it being set up in the late '50's or early '60's.
We had the immediate thought that there would be a message contained in it; none is now visible - if ever there was one.

I HAD to make a reconstruction, which I did on my return to Denmark  - from a few photos and inadequate memory - I have sent an image of that too. ca. 20x20 cm. (both pieces)

The making has been inspirational for me and I have lots of plans to work in this format and with the old piece as a starting point. 
My friend turned up your blog today whilst searching for any kind of indication of WHY the original was tied to the slate.

  -  Do you know of any history concerning small woven messages? We would be grateful for an answer, even if it were negative!
If you are interested, I could keep you informed on the progress we make (if any)." Frances

WOW! I am so amazed by this email. Thank you Frances! I have sent Frances the "Woven Voices: How to Guide" so that she can continue this work in her home in Denmark. You too can receive this guide. Visit the side bar for details.

And then yesterday, this email:

Prayer flags, Emily and  friend at Amma's Ashram
"Dear Sarah,
I'm finally getting around to sending you a photo of the flags I put up at Amma's ashram in Kerala, India (  They were hung by the Western Cafe, where thousands of international visitors will see them.  They will probably get plucked by crows and battered by monsoon winds and rains.  As well, observed by many as they await their ordered food.
Kerala, India, Amma's Ashram
I had six more that were also hung on the roof of one of the buildings. A friend of mine owns a special flat (it was Amma's room years ago) on top of one of the buildings.  She (Meenakshi, a flight attendant from CA) was delighted to hang them on her veranda and enjoy the designs and the prayers.  I'm attaching an aerial view of the ashram.  Meenakshi was going to take pictures; perhaps she already sent them to you.  I had given her one of your flyers.

Thank you for all you do, Sarah.

Two instances, months after the official ending of the Woven Voices project, the love still rippling out to new corners. I am confident that these little woven love letters will be working their invisible magic for years to come. Thanks to all for assisting this journey of love.
The clamshell box open with handmade books and flags.
Thesis on the bookshelf.
     And now with a big is a peek at my completed Masters of Art and Healing! It is now official, I am a Master at Art and Healing! My thesis is a final report and documentation on this project. I created 4 hand-bound books, plus included two flags and other support materials. This final report and documentation is simply a landmark, a big one yes, but I will not stop here.I bet you knew that. I am just resting. Until next time, Peace and Love, Sarah
Text on inside cover