Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Robin Manly: Create!

Robin Manly

My flag says "create," which means "making" in the literal sense (as in art) and in the more global sense (as in hope). The orange-and-turquoise combo is my favorite - I like the way the opposites in the color wheel shimmer against each other. The spiral in the center is an early symbol of the sun, which is both light and life-giving. It might also be the first spiral I've ever made in cloth. Hmm - maybe this is a symbol itself?

Everything on the flag was free-handed - the finished dimensions are about 5 X 8 inches with a hanging sleeve on the back. The fabric is cotton, mostly stitched with pearle cotton #8. The beading at the bottom adds a little weight as well as sparkle in the sunlight. The backing is plain muslin to add some substance while the flag is hanging and make it a bit less transparent.

I know a lot of you are artists. I hope you join in this project not only to show your talent, but also to show something about who you are and what you stand for. C'mon! Spread your spirit on the wind! I haven't decided where I'm going to hang my Prayer Flag just yet, but I'm thinking it may go into my office to remind me why I'm there. Maybe I can convince some of my work mates to join in, too!

Visit Robin's blog from more information about her beautiful flag at http://somenotesfromafar.blogspot.com/2011/11/create-prayer-flag-project.html


  1. Great colour and texture in this. Lovely!

  2. beautiful! my current favorite color combo too.