Let the beauty we love be what we do--there are a hundred ways to kneel and kiss the ground. --Jelaluddin Rumi, 13th C.
This series of silk prayer scarves
began with a length of cloth I designed incorporating symbols from the ancient
Chinese oracle, the I Ching, one of my spiritual disciplines.
Among the images and texts I
have silkscreened onto these fabrics, which I have first dyed, are the following:
the I Ching, the Tao Te Ching, the sayings of Confucius, Germanic Runes, Aztec
designs, Celtic knotwork, the Aramaic Lord's Prayer, the Hebrew of the Book
of Ruth, the name of Allah, the Ave Maria, the Chartres Labyrinth, the Vesica
Piscis from the Chalice Well, T.S. Eliot's "Four Quartets," the
Bhagavad-Gita, the Koran and the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.
The scarves are 14" x 58" silk charmeuse. Their sacred significance affords them varied lives according to the taste of their owners. Many are worn, of course, some specifically for prayer. Some find their way onto personal altars, others are wall-hung, individually or in groups. They are often special-occasion gifts, the text and symbols specifically chosen for the recipient. It is my hope that the visual harmony and beauty created from this blend of seemingly disparate spiritual persuasions adds in some small measure to universal interfaith dialog and mutual understanding.