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ersi marina's workroom is always open to the public, even when I am not in. Sometimes I need to sleep.
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My name is Ersi Marina and I live in Spain though I was born and grew up in Athens, Greece. I kept it all very Mediterranean.
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Thursday, 20 September 2012

white for peace


This is my Flag for Peace, that I was able to finish just yesterday. Three layers of white fabric and a small twig at the bottom. Not a very good photograph, I decided to blur the background because it really got in the way.

The foremost fabric is the one I weaved on my toy loom. A long piece of macramé cord is hanging freely from the main piece. The middle fabric is a white cotton cloth with hand-frayed edges. It took me over four hours to do that! The back fabric is a shorter piece of sack cloth that can be seen through the cotton when the flag is lit from the back -as it is supposed to be. It is frayed too.

All three fabrics are sewn together by hand along the upper edge and I added a couple of white cotton fasteners to the top, to hang the flag from a rope.


A closer up view of the upper part of the flag. No transparency here, so you cannot see the sack cloth.


This is the lower part of the flag, with the twig and the long macramé cord.


Trying to show the different parts a bit better. The fringe hanging from the weaved fabric is made up by the loose ends of the warp threads. (I am learning new vocabulary here.) The twig is held in place with a couple of pieces of white ribbon.


And an attempt to show the three fabrics up close. I chose white because I think it is a peaceful colour and it is also the colour of truce flags. Weaving and sewing are essentially an activity carried out in moments of peace, in the serenity of our homes. Mostly a female activity that aims to dress and protect the home and the people, wrapping them up in warmth.

My flag is already on its way to Valderrobres, where it will hang along with nine other flags in the beautiful La Lonja of the Medieval Town Hall.


I have been unwell and mostly offline for days. I am now on sick leave till Monday. I have not been able to take my flag to the Town Hall myself but a friend is kindly taking it there along with her own. I will post photographs of the ten flags to the flags for peace blog tomorrow. I have other great things to blog about here and I'll try to do it during the weekend. I hope you are all well and I will be going through my blog list as soon as I post this entry. Thanks for dropping in!

14 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear that you've been unwell! I hope that being home allows you time to rest and restore. Your white peace flag is lovely...so serene, as peace should be.

    Take it easy and get well my friend.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jennifer! It seems I needed some peace too. I am planning on an extremely restful weekend :)

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  2. Hi Ersi-
    Oh so sorry to hear that you are ill... And yet, you made such a calming, peaceful flag. I love all the little details and the time you took to complete each part of it so thoughtfully. I have been hand sewing my flags and there really is something about doing it by hand. You slow down and every stitch can have meaning. Thank you again for encouraging me to do this project. I'm looking forward to the photos of all the flags from your group and hope to post mine before I head off to work tomorrow. Hope you feel better very soon.

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    1. Hello Julie! Thanks for you kind words, I think my 'illness' is some sort of an anxiety disorder and I am already being treated for it. I am happy you like my flag, it is very simple but it meant long hours of work. 'Simple' may easily be the most complicated thing to achieve. I agree, sewing by hand creates a very special relationship with the materials we work with and gives them a deeper meaning.

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  3. stunning...obviously your illness has not put a crimp in your creativity! Love the white on white...my absolute favorite and a true testament to peace. Take care and get well soon!

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    1. Oh, thank you! This flag means a lot to me, as a symbol and as a step along the path of working with fabrics. I am delighted you like it! I think maybe all I need is a good rest and to forget about the worries for a few days :)

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  4. A truly beautiful peace flag ersi, and I love the textures of the white on white, the most appropriate thing for a serene interpretation of peace. Hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Helen, thank you! While finishing this flag I had a hard time focusing on my stitches, my head seemed to have a mind of its own. (Well, strictly speaking, it does!) How nice that the message comes through, I am happy you like it!

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  5. I do hope you feel better soon, Ersi. Your peace flag is just beautiful, that white on white is wonderful!

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    1. Sweet thanks, Carol! Being here again and able to communicate with you all makes me feel better already.

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  6. Oh Ersi this flag is achingly beautiful; I love its innocence, serenity and simplicity. It makes one hope for peace; to fell like this flag makes me feel. I hope you are recovering and I look forward to seeing the show of other flags from the group. Go well.

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    1. Thank you so much, Fiona! I thought about your own flags more than once while I was working on mine. Going this way and that, considering too many different options and finally settling for simplicity.

      I'll post photographs of the Group flags as soon as I get them by email :)

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  7. Beautiful simple textures. I love the contrast of the different whites. Hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Thank you, Jac! Sometimes simple is more eloquent, I think. Today I do feel better, the bad spell seems to be over.

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