Dianne Brudnicki, of the Art and Innovate School in Duvall, WA, has led art students of Washington in creating art remembrances for the Voices of 9/11 for the past 10 years. These have ranged from gifts boxes to paintings to a book of artwork from children to children. When I was in high school, I was one of Dianne’s students and participated in these projects.
This year, they started a new project. Over the next ten years, everyone who was lost on September 11th will be memorialized in a personalized tribute flag created by an artist. The artists read about the person they will be remembering in print, then decide how to best represent that person in print. The artist carves a lino block (similar to a woodcut), and from that block, a flag and several paper images are printed. The flags will be given to the Living Memorial and the paper prints are a gift for the family. This year, 158 people were remembered by over 120 artists. I was blessed to join Dianne and her group from Seattle in handing out the prints to the families yesterday. It was touching and moving, as families remembered their loved ones and shared their memories with us.
Below, you can find a sample of some of the flags. You can find more information on the project here.