India Flint posted some time ago about a new project of hers called Solace. It speaks to lots of issues I think about a good deal. Holding tough issues like climate change in my mind a lot, I found the concept of solace as a companion on that path a piece of genius. She has asked for participants to make flags that could form part of an installation: ‘a collective impromptu poem, recorded on cloth, to sing in the winds’. I love this idea too. I pitched it to a group of friends who meet to figure out what we might be able to do about climate change. We were thinking about despair and discouragement and how to respond to these things, and Solace seemed like one way to me.
I packed my threads and other necessaries (and dinner…). The core concept is to create a triangular flag (pennon) with a word or words stitched on it–so we needed thread and cloth.
I also packed fabrics to share around… this one is a print of an extremely fine-leaved native she-oak… and sadly I wrote its name down in a very special secret place I cannot find now…
This print resulted from a tip India gave me at her workshop. It was so exciting when I unwrapped this bundle it is hard to believe months have passed without my having another attempt at that glorious green! My dear friend took this piece of fabric home with some marigold-dyed thread for him to finish later. There are some others in development too…
This one is a print from a friend’s pecan leaves. India proposes: ‘Stitch on it a word or a phrase or a sentence that might act as a wish for peace or an acknowledgement of beauty, imply a sense of stillness or simply something that gives you solace. It can be as brief or as long as you like. A haiku, a snatch of song, a word that takes you where you want to be.’
Now for the confession. I can’t quite believe that I managed to take my eye off the rather simple instructions and make these shapes and not triangular flags as requested. Do not follow my example in this respect! I am not sure how I’ve become so forgetful, or so bad at following instructions!
I will either have to make some more–which I might do anyway for sheer pleasure and participation’s sake–and keep these ones at home–or just send these and hope that they will be OK in a crowd of triangles. Perhaps with some triangular pennons for company.
So… there is my start on joining in Solace for now. Anyone else participating?