A community art installation guided by Artist Sarah Haskell
Love defines us, motivates us and binds our lives together. In this hands-on activity inspired by Buddhist Prayer flags, participants will be invited to create a paper flag prompted by something or someone that they love.
On the front of each flag people are invited to write and draw the first letter of something or someone that they love.
On the reverse side of each flag we fill in the blank:
_________ is for _______________________
All ages and abilities of community members are able to participate in this project, allowing for a wide variety of love letters. People are invited to create two flags, one to take home and one to leave for a community installation.
At the end of the day, we assemble the letters and see what we inspiring words and messages we can spell from these "Love Letters", creating a visual story of who and what we love. For example if we collect the letters P, O, H, R, T, E, N, A, and E ~ we can spell "OPEN HEART".
The completed string of brightly colored "Love Letters" is donated to a public location in celebration of the deep love that connects the community.
|We spelled "Family".|
In late September I was invited to guide "LOVE LETTERS" at the annual Newtown (CT) Arts Festival. Over 50 people participated in creating letters, and look what we were able to spell: "Newtown, We are family."
|L is for Love.|
"LOVE LETTERS" has lead to my own alphabet of gratitude. I am making 26 lettered flags, each one is a hand embroidered letter sewn on a brightly colored lobster pot buoy flag. I have completed 12 flags so far and am having fun creating words with these letters!
|Spelling foods I love!|
I'll post more images on my website soon.