I continue to make flags – not as often as I would like.
The process of these flags, for me, is quite remarkable. I began this one a few weeks ago on a piece of batik I had painted and then I started added beads, not quite knowing where it was wanting to go. Last night as I was arriving home from a very late day at work, I heard a wonderful Canadian singer, Peter Katz, sing a powerful song called “The Fence” about Matthew Shepard who, you may remember, was murdered because he was gay. (See The project for more information, if you do not already know.) I do not often stay in a hot car to listen to a song but this one reached an emotional chord with me. This morning I woke up and knew exactly where the flag I had begun a few weeks ago was leading me. I added the stitching (the fence), a piece of tatting that my talented sister sent me, the butterfly, and of course Matthew’s name – I am overcome with sadness at the moment – there is such much hatred in this world but I also know there are wonderful people out there, like Peter Katz, who will continue to make us all aware of the things that need and can be changed.