Stitching Prayer Flags

chicken-headTaking advantage of the mauzy weather to mount some embroideries for a Prayer Flag exhibition at the Craft Council Gallery. This series of work is about astronomical events that shape our seasons. As as it was for my ancestors, every aspect of my life is seasonal and comes with different tasks and mindsets; finding comfort in those patterns . While I embrace every season, I do miss the light in winter. The summer solstice is bittersweet; the height of growth in all things with the sun waning with shorter days. My favourite is the winter solstice. Dark, cozy and with a hint of sparkle, it is the beginning of the steady climb to light and warmth. The winter solstice is all about hope and the promise of a better year ahead.

This piece was created to honour May Day, the cross-quarter day that falls between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice. May Day is also referred to as the Feast of St. Joseph (Catholic), Beltane (Ireland),  Calendimaggio (Italy) and Vappu (Finland) to name just a few.

May Day is created with naturally dyed silk , vintage lace, metal threads, rooster skull and feathers.

Prayer Flags will feature work from artists across Canada. Curated by Anna Murphy and Alexe Hanlon the show will be on display at the Craft Council Gallery in early May, 2017