Project update March, 2012
An interactive global art project inspired by Tibetan prayer flags, Shinto paper prayers, and the Buddhist concept of impermanence.
I launched this project on December 29, 2007. Since that time I have received over 2,200 paper, cloth and ribbon messages from as far away as Italy, Spain, Iraq, Texas, California and Florida. Every one of these messages was read out loud in Market Square, Portsmouth, NH. With the help of nearly 100 community volunteers, I wove over 1,300 prayer flags which have been distributed to over 29 nations worldwide.
A founding concept of "Woven Voices: Messages from the Heart" is the Buddhist principle of impermanence, nothing lasts forever. So it is with the "Woven Voices" project. As I draw to closure this four year endeavor I reflect on the lessons learned. The image of the spiral rings true to illustrate my path of learning from "Woven Voices: Messages from the Heart". Throughout this four year project, lessons would appear with a slight air of familiarity. Round and round I revisited these lessons, practicing the art of repetition, seeking fresh wisdom and insight each time I encountered a recognizable lesson. There are nine clear lessons that range from impermanence to being in the present moment, authentic vision. In fulfillment for my Masters of Art and Healing I am writing a document to define and expand on these lessons.
"Woven Voices: Messages from the Heart" has officially concluded. But as in any spiral path, there is no real ending, only a pause. This path of art and healing is my calling. In order to help create a sustainable and independent future for "Woven Voices" I have written a How-to-Guide. This free booklet is a downloadable PDF which is available upon request. Please visit the project blog to learn more.