As part of the process we also discussed making scarves in red and pink and white. Red and pink scarves were suggested to aid in organizing community participants in two circles one for inside the Marker of Change and one for just encompassing the monument outside. One circle would move clockwise while the other moved counterclockwise while Margaret performed in the centre. Red and pink was suggested by Margaret and then I went online and noted there is a white ribbon movement by men participating in anti violence campaign targeting men. I thought that as planning future visions of a world without violence that it is important to bring along male supporters who are working with men to stop violence against women. Thus I thought of white scarves worn by those in attendance so that they echoed the shape of the white ribbon campaign but would be pinned across the chest with a red or pink felt heart. Blank scarves would be sewn by myself and distributed to the various participating women's groups to write messages on or add mementoes or images significant to them. This can be done through a transfer paper that allows you to photoshop images that then can be ironed onto the cotton blend scarves. We thought that after the ceremony we could then ask the participants to clothespeg their scarves onto a special clothesline so that they hung like prayer flages. I could develop a template for the felt hearts which would be stuffed slightly with quilt stuffing and interested participants can add images, iron on appliques, lace trimming or rhinestones as they wished so that some of the hearts would reflect the focus of the individual. Others can be developed for general participants at the event. So what do you think about the development so far? Have you any additions or changes or input you would like to see?
Haruko November 5, 2009