Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sherri Wood's Prayer Banners

Several years ago, I blogged about Sherri Wood's Tattoo Baby Doll project over on Sublime Stitching. I was thrilled to get an email from her just the other day, letting me know what she's been up to since then. She's launched a new blog, DaintyTime, and also let me know about this ongoing project called "Prayer Banner". About this work:

Prayer Banner: REPENT/MERCY/GLORY is a communal mourning project concerning the war in Iraq.

The names of American and Allied soldiers and Iraqi civilians who have died in the war are hand stitched on coffin shaped fragments of red clothing and appliqu├ęd onto a blue blanket to spell the word REPENT. There are two more banners currently in progress, MERCY and GLORY.

Made by members of faith and social justice communities at churches, in homes, art galleries, schools and sites of protest. The banner serves as a civic vehicle for communal mourning. Each stitch is made as an act of prayer and petition for personal and social change.