WEAVING PEACE WEAVING TOGETHER
First Friday December 7 through January 2
Bonnie Tarses presents the results of an Artist in Residence Program sponsored by the Killdeer Artisans Guild and the Hangin’ Art Gallery in Arlee.
The Project: To weave a series of Peace Banners to be flown from the sides of the stage at the 8th Annual Peace Festival held at The Garden Of One Thousand Buddhas in September.
Bonnie set up her loom in the middle of the Hangin’ Art Gallery and invited anyone who could count to 3 and could reach the treadles to sit down and weave. During the 3 weeks, over 60 people ranging in age from 6 years to 78 shared in weaving the banners.
What makes these banners so unique is Bonnie’s technique of ascribing a number and color to each letter of the alphabet, so the actual word PEACE is “written” in woven bands of color. Initially, the plan was to weave peace in English, Salish and Tibetan, but as more and more people arrived to weave, 14 more languages were offered: Burmese; Japanese; Hebrew; Hindi; Hawaiian; Quechua; Swedish; Italian; Portuguese; Mongolian; Gaelic; Thai; Mandarin; and Farsi. Images of the weavers will also be on display.
Bonnie will be weaving additional Peace Banners in her Missoula studio during the month of December. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to join in WEAVING PEACE