I upcycled some of the prayer flags that I first made for Estuary Festival in 2016. Since that time, they have also been installed outside Thameside gallery in London for a few weeks where they became nicely weathered.
For the inaugural Rite of Spring festival in Norfolk, I made up 3 composite banners from multiple flags – the footprints and hybrid shoe forms to symbolise ‘freedom of movement’ (a theme for our times).
The banners were installed in the imposing fifteenth century wooden structure known as the ‘Market Cross’ in North Walsham and functioned as a vibrant backdrop for the ‘pagan procession’ on May Day, led by 2 of the Extinction Rebellion ‘Red Rebel Brigade’ who for this event dressed all in blue as spirits of the water to protect clean drinking water for all.
The vicar of the nearby 14th century St Nicholas church (known as a ‘Wool Church’ and the largest in Norfolk) gave a special blessing at the water font infront of the Market Cross. It was a joyous day…