|Martha's hamsa representing protection, healing, strength and love.|
Two fellow artists encouraged me to jump in: Jennifer Coyne Qudeen and Ersi Marina.
A third artist, Martha Hill, was my inspiration.
Martha and I were friends for ten years. We spent those years working together supporting the work of other artists by exhibiting their work.
She continued to inspire me as I watched her battle first esophageal and then lung cancer. She fought with a quiet grace, always putting others at ease, always having a sense of humor.
On August 24th she passed away.
I feel honored to have had her as a friend and enjoyed our many talks about art and family.
While she was going through many rounds of chemo, I would send her little gifts from my heart. One gift was a special hamsa I designed to protect her and heal her with strength and love.
I've decided to dedicate my prayer flags to my dear friend. I am using her hamsa design as the centerpiece of my flags. I like the idea of them waving in the breeze spreading their message of peace. I'd like to think that Martha will be looking down on them on September 21...maybe with a little smile!
Julie B. Booth
|Tracing the hamsa design.|
|Transferring the design to the Speedy Carve block.|
|Carving the block.|
|The finished block.|
|Adhesive craft foam block to be used as the background.|
|Sample designs for the flags.|