For those of you who missed the opening of Erika Woods show “Earth Words” here is a tiny peek at the evening.
This tree is covered with “weathergrams” – simple messages on brown paper, hanging from a tree. Based on a Japanese tradition of attaching prayer slips to trees, Lloyd Reynolds (known as the “father of calligraphy” on the west coast of the US) invented this art form back in the 1960′s.
Lloyd thought it would be nice to write a short verse (similar to a haiku) in calligraphy about some sudden insight. This thought, or insight, would then be left hanging outdoors between the equinox and the solstice or the solstice and the equinox. This exposure to the elements would weather the verse (hence, Weathergrams) making it complete. Typically 10 words or less, the verse is often written on a strip cut from a brown bag with a piece of twine attached.
Guests who attended Erika’s opening were delighted by this wonderful treat! We still have a few left, come in to choose one and take a look at Erika’s wonderful art before May arrives!