As I think you know, I administrate the Prayer Flag Project Blog, so this call to artists is especially near and dear to my heart.
CALL TO ARTISTS
Oceanside Museum of Art PRAYER FLAG PROJECT
Give visual voice to your prayers by creating a prayer flag and submitting it to OMA’s Prayer Flag installation on view at 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. Please include your name, date and the desired prayer on the back of the Flag. It is suggested that the artist uses an iron on fabric label for this information.
Please address or deliver Flags to following address
OMA Prayer Flag Project
Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way
Oceanside, CA 92054
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. 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. 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.
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.
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