Coexist: A Prayer Flag Project @ The Bridge PAI

January 12-17, 2018 - The Bridge Progressive Art Initiative - Charlottesville, VA

Jum Jirapan brings Coexist: A Prayer Flag Project to The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, opening the evening of Friday January 12th, 2018 and running through the week. This creative participatory experience invites you to offer your own prayer for peace to the world.

Inspired by Suminagashi, the ancient Japanese paper marbling technique, and the Tibetan pray flag; two Eastern tradition merge. You are invited to paint your own prayer flag using the Suminagashi technique where acrylic paints are floated on water and then transferred onto cotton fabric.

“Water represents both the universe and humanity; the four colors used represent not only emotion but also four basic elements that make up 96% of human body. White for hydrogen, black for carbon, red for oxygen, and blue for nitrogen. We all are a part of this life giving formula. Are not we the same with just different skin colors?”

The prayer flag is a Tibetan tradition for promoting peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. Traditional Tibetan prayer flag contains prayers and mantras which will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all-pervading space.

Join Jum Jirapan in this participatory and therapeutic experience. Express your own love, compassion and hope for kindness in the world. Feeling a little lost? Empty your mind, pick up the brush, pick out the colors, and let your emotions flow onto the water surface. Let go of what clouds your mind and create an inner peace to welcome the beauty of all that is. Experience the healing power of art and the power of oneness with others.

1 Elizabeth Moore
2 Heather Mease
3 Jesse Gandy
4 Jesse Gandy
5 Jesse Gandy
6 Michael Geisert
7 Amanda Wagstaff
8 Golara Haghtalab
9 Hairuo Yi
10 Pattama Wallech
11 Shelley Sass
12 Dan Zisk
13 Preston Wallech
14 Jeremy Stern
15 Cordelia Rice
16 Jim Witschey
17 Jenn Hawley
18 Christina Osheim
19 Jordan Taylor
20 Emma Terry
21 Rachel Scarnaty
22 Bailey Riales
23 Ashley Keane
24 Annie Voltmer
25 Rachel Vigour
26 Nate Szarmach
27 Meg McClurken
28 Alan Goffinski
29 Ash Trainum
30 Liz _ Daniel Hill
31 Kyle Petrozza
32 Unidentified
33 Betsy Greene Schaefer
34 Sean Farber

*Dear Participants, please contact me at to arrange the pick up of your flag(s).

**Dear Patrons, you may choose one of these flags/artwork for $50 donated to GenR community van drive for the International Rescue Committee Charlottesville office. Please write to me at with your donation receipt along with a picture of the painting of your choice.