Indra’s Net at Ironton Studios
January 10, 2016
Second generation Indra’s Net at Ironton Studios in Denver, Colorado
We had a fantastic turnout on Sunday, January 10th for the creation of Indra’s Net at Ironton Studios in Denver. Approximately 150 + people attended, sharing stories while knotting and unknotting their fabric and prayers into the ever evolving net. Although the knot itself is simple ~ as always happens in this collective weaving, unique and varied patterns emerge. In the beginning there was some effort to “undo” and “redo” but it soon became apparent that the “mistakes” and individuality of attention and intention was exactly perfect and a reflection of each of us. There was a steady stream of activity beginning at noon and continuing beyond our closing at 6 p.m. I am so grateful to all who attended and especially grateful for my dear friend Dana Forsberg who diligently videotaped the entire event. Also, my friend Paddy Mcclelland of Wall of Women Colorado who invited several different communities of people to the event, to Hadley Hooper of Ironton Studios for making the space available to us and last but not least, gratitude to my daughter Olivia who smiled, laughed, instructed, chatted and remained engaged the entire day!
There was alot of interest in where the net would be moving beyond this day and how others might participate and add to it’s multicolored perfection. WOW Colorado will be holding the net for now and hopes to find future locations in and around Denver for others to add to the net. Many people talked to me about creating nets in other communities and maybe one day seeing these community nets all around the world. One of the many quotes and prayers that was written on a strip of fabric seemed to sum up and provide a beautiful definition of our time together…and is timely as well,
“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.” Martin Luther King
prayers and thoughts woven into the net
I also want to thank all the people who donated financial contributions to my Indiegogo campaign. This campaign was an enormous stretch for me in so many ways, mostly by putting myself in the uncomfortable place of asking people to give me money to fulfill a personal project. I was so fortunate to have the dedicated mentoring of my friend Heather Lehman who walked me through each step and encouraged me even when I thought it was all too far out of my comfort zone. When I spoke to my children about my intentions of creating a crowd funding campaign for this project my son Noah said very matter of factly; and I paraphrase, “I get it mom, you are an artist, not everyone works as an artist. We all feel despair at the state of the world and don’t know what to do about it. You have created something that is symbolic and have made it possible for others to be involved in this symbolic gesture. It is a community project that relies completely on the community in the donation of fabrics and the many hands to knot and tie this net. Therefore asking your communities to contribute funds to help you get there and facilitate the creation seems appropriate.” Thank you Noah.