The Invitation

Painted Veils of meaning hanging ear to ear, shoulder to shoulder.

THE INVITATION

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[The Painted Veils ~ Unworded Letter] Think of someone you’d like to write a letter to. Anyone; yourself in the past or future, someone distant or close.

Choose a paper from this stack of prints – whichever background feels right for the mood of your letter.

Now, write your letter, but, if you will, without words. Use the expression of your handwriting, use symbols for people, ideas, events, feelings, but no words.

Here, the ink and dropper, to write with.

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[The Map] Pick an important symbol or mark from your letter [centre], and another [north], and another [south], again [east] and again [west]. Ok, now, tell me how they link. Where do the lines fall – where are they strong, where are they straight or curved or broken?

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See it hanging with the others

painted veils whisper secrets,

but need no explanation

for their meaning,

the mystery of which,

is their beauty.

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 [The Stone] Pick one from the pile, the shapes of symbols fallen from veils and settled into stone. Settled in your palm, lines under thumb. Somewhere in the pile two of your symbols curve, back to back. You can feel their weight, amongst the others. Read them in the way you only can, when finger tips and eyes combine.

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Ideals of the Veils and Stones project:
To forge an accessible way to create personal and communal narratives, because people live by narrative, and the global culture is accelerating towards an alienating and fragmenting barrage of information. To find a way to involve people, not only ‘artists’, in the process of creation, and by this, also encouraging them to become active, not passive receivers of ‘art’, and to respect their own and others expression in small, intimate enactments of ‘art’. To create moments that are meaningful in their intimacy and individuality and to tie them into a wider context that doesn’t deny, but respects and celebrates their originality. This ‘wider’ context could be universal in its perceivable humanism, but more also, within a community, however small – as a reflection of its own depth and beauty. To encourage confidence within peoples expressive language, personally and communally, and awareness of the freedom of creative space within it.

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