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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Call For Quilts - Prayer Flags

My first exposure to Prayer Flags was through a post by Nina-Lise (Mrs. Moen).  I found them visually stimulating and felt what they represented was very special.  Nina-Lise had made these, as her Father was going into surgery.  Definitely a time for special prayers, but how special to capture such positive thoughts and prayers by way of a Prayer Flag.

There is always something powerful when many minds and talent are brought together to send positive wishes and prayers.  Having seen several miracles in my lifetime,  I'll always be a supporter of such activities.

I recently heard of a "Call for Prayer Quilts" and wanted to help increase awareness of these quilts, and I hope this is an opportunity that you might wish to participate in.

{above} Prayer Flags by  Benita VanWinkle

Prayer flags have been used in Tibet for centuries as a means to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. Traditionally they are woodblock prints printed with text and images that are hung outdoors in high places, where the wind passes through the flags carrying the depicted blessings to all people. Flags are most commonly found in five colors; blue, white, red, green and yellow, representing the five elements.

The OMA Prayer Flag Project is based on Vivika Hansen DeNegre’s The Prayer Flag Project from 2011. She invited people from around the world to join her in making Prayer Flags. Each flag is created in the artist’s own style, then hung outside for a while, its words and sentiment dissolving into the wind and being spread to all whom the wind touches. 


This Call to Artists will result in a collection of Prayer Quilts being displayed at the Oceanside Museum of Art, October 14 through December 31, 2012. Artists are invited to design a unique flag made of fabric and other materials that reflects their current and future hopes and dreams. Flags should be approximately 5” x 8” with a 3” sleeve on the top backside of the quilt and must arrive at Oceanside Museum of Art by September 21.

If you wish to submit a quilt for this exhibit, please address or deliver Flags to:
OMA Prayer Flag Project
Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way
Oceanside, CA 92054

{above} Prayer Flag made by  Linda Miller.

Artists are responsible for mailing and/or delivering their prayer flag. Flags will only be returned if the artist includes a self-addressed and stamped envelope. All other flags will become property of the museum.
All contributing Prayer Flag artists are invited to a complimentary Artist’s Reception on October 13 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. and are welcome to remain for the preview reception of Quilt National the same day from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Please RSVP to Danielle@oma-online.org by October 5 if you will be attending the Prayer Flag Artist’s Reception. The impetus behind this installation, which was inspired by OMA’s Quilt National exhibition on view October 13 through February 12, 2013, was to provide a platform for the regional quilting community to express their prayers and concerns.

For more information view the website http://theprayerflagproject.blogspot.com/ managed by artist Jane LaFazio, who has been instrumental in bringing this project to OMA.

{above} Prayer Flags by Elisabeth Fischer-Tyrnau 

Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way
 Oceanside, California

{above} Prayer Quilt by Ileen 


Click here for a tutorial to make a Prayer Flag.

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Nina-Marie said...

A big thankyou for getting the word out on this - I hadn't heard of this project and its just something that my daughter and I might want to do together!

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

Thank you for the call out, Darlene, I most certainly will try to maones flag for this project!

Nancy said...

Interesting project, and lovely examples shown here. I am currently participating in a prayer flag swap at Creative Swaps. You can see my creations and those of others if you do a search for that site. Fun stuff. Thanks for letting us know about this opportunity.

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Quiltingranny said...

Darlene, you are so wonderful to share all of our projects with your readers. My prayer group makes small prayer cloths, but I love the prayer flag idea. Our Aurora Colorado Quilt total is now up to 49 and counting. Thank you for all of your support in helping to get the word out: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aurora-Colorado-Emergency-Responder-Quilts/401592493230782

Jean(ie) said...

De-lurking (I don't know why that sounds so lurid) to say that I LOVE this initiative! I've bookmarked this to see if inspiration strikes. What an awesome project!

Thanks for letting us know! :-)

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Wow...now that sounds like something I'd love to participate in. Thanks so much for letting us know about this.


Snoodles said...

This is such a wonderful project -- I hope it catches on. Would love to see all of them on display! Thank you for sharing this with us....I hadn't heard about it until now.