Community Art Project | July 2020 — Present
We are living in a unique era of human existence on Earth where we have the potential to realize our interconnectivity across the globe more than ever before. We have a momentous opportunity to reframe our collective identity and embody new realities, but first we have to ask ourselves what we value, what we believe in, what connects us to each other as living beings. What do we hold sacred? What kind of lives do we want to live on this Earth? What kind of relationships do we want to have with each other and with all life? What do we want to create in the world? What motivates us to keep going, keep breathing, keep dreaming? This time calls for a new story, a remembering, the creation of new symbols and systems to represent who we are.
This project is an invitation to create a flag that represents what you stand for — the world you want to live in, a paradigm shift, a story of wholeness beyond walls and borders. Bringing together disparate parts into something alive and radiant in its complexity. Think of it as a signal fire. A prayer. A spell. A howl through the darkness, reaching out to each other across the distance.
Be it scraps of fabric sewn together, a collage or digital artwork, a poem, a piece of music, a dance, a weaving of some kind — send images and a description of your Flag of the Future by contacting us via the link below. We are collecting submissions on a rolling basis!
FIBONACCI SEED POD
By Gray Harrison
My future flag incorporates the seed pod from my favorite tree, along with the Fibonacci spiral. The squares that hold each part of the spiral are a different color, corresponding to the chakra colors – starting with white, to represent the oneness with the universe, then the 7 chakras in ascending order: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, dark purple. The background is green, for the trees.
GREATER PRAIRIE CHICKEN PRIDE
By Finley Baker
hand-colored relief block print and appliqué on hand-colored fabric
This flag represents my pride as a rural queer. It stands for a connection to and relationship with the land that reveres and encourages difference. This flag is a hope for a future without the capitalist exploitation of natural resources and a desire for the return of prairie ecosystems.
By Paula Harrison
People are an integral part of nature, not stationed above or intruders upon. Our well-being as a species hinges on the degree to which we are able to live in harmony with the cycles and systems nature has provided. Our current lifestyle based on subjugation of Nature, the trees and plants, soil, landforms, air, waterways and oceans has eroded the wellspring of the natural world.
This image symbolizes the commitment we make to our planet to understand and live in equal relationship with all species. To plant sustainably, harvest responsibly, and act in accordance with the true nature of our dependence on and responsibility toward our planet.
By Rachel Zetah Becker
This patchwork flag was my first attempt at quilting, an art form I have become interested in in the last few years. It makes me feel connected to my grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and ancestral lineage. The act of pulling together scraps of what would likely otherwise be discarded material, and bringing them together to form something new and beautiful — a new story made of old things — is a powerful practice to me and representative of the condition we humans find ourselves in on this planet today. Everything is connected, and seemingly broken, useless, and rejected things can find belonging when we adjust our perception of them and remember that they / we all have a role within the collective whole.
Each of the specific fabrics I chose have their own story and meaning to me — many because I aesthetically love them, but also because of where they came from. Many of the fabric scraps used came from a box given to me by my grandma Marly and her quilting community in New Ulm, Minnesota. Among these are many floral / botanical prints — one of my favorites is a mushroom pattern from the 1970’s. These all represent to me the power of the fungal and plant worlds, which I believe we must honor and look to for leadership to heal our world. I also included a large crab-print piece from an aboriginal Australian fabric given to me by my friend Ellen, which represents the guidance of indigenous leaders around the world who have managed to preserve and protect their Earth-centered spiritual traditions and life ways for the benefit of all of us. There is a black and white checker print which represents to me the balance of night and day, death and life. Ultimately my flag is a prayer to support the recovery of our relationship to the Earth, our humanity, and all cycles of life.
TOROIDAL VORTEX FLAG
By Shea Wharton
My idea came to me very simply, in the highest light and love.
A toroidal vortex yin yang symbol. In its divine timelessness, all encompassing light, infinite void and unity. We are One.
Oh! It would be interwoven of everything and nothing and would be perceived by humans as waves of light. Much like the White Mountain of creation atop the black hole of infinite nothingness.
GIVE BACK THE LAND (AND DEFUND THE POLICE)
By Renee Marino
Rogers Mesa Danube Cherries, cane sugar, rice flour, flax, chicken egg, and premade crust in metallic pie pan
Pie for the Future
(4th of July 2020)
TRASH DECAY [Ode to Entropy]
By Rachel Zetah Becker
Black plastic remnant entangled with tree branch. Found in a beaver dam on the Hunter Creek trail in Aspen, Colorado (Traditional Ute Territory).
As an artifact of the apocalypse, this flag represents the decay of extractive human civilization, a reminder that eventually everything will be reclaimed by the Earth. Like this black plastic material that was once produced and sold to further ideals of economic growth, capitalism and the other exploitative systems that created it are rendered flimsy and fragile within the greater, all-encompassing cosmic cycles of birth and death.
By Rachel Hulse
This is a hopeful flag. It is pieced together from yarn and fabric scraps that would otherwise end up in the landfill. It’s an intermingling of natural and synthetic, biodegradable and plastic. Sequins and seed pods represent the two opposite ends of the natural vs unnatural narrative — and both are part of our earthly experience.