I am staying with my friend Lana Bobele in Tome, south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She studied art with the great fibre artist, Neda Al-Hilali, at Scripps College in Claremont CA. When I first met Lana in our Morro Bay days she was making some wonderful “Spirit Bundles”.
Spirit Bundles were collections of meaningful artifacts that depicted a time/space. Using fibres, letters, found object and more Lana obsessively wrapped and stitched the components into anthropomorphic forms.
“Spirit Bundles” have morphed into “Prayer Flags” which were inspired by the Tibetan tradition. Lana’s prayer flags are made from discarded clothing of friends and family, and other elements similar to the “Spirit Bundles”.
Currently you can find Lana’s Prayer Flags at Crystal Source, a gallery outside of Toronto in Canada.
Recently her work has morphed once again, this time into artist/book form. These books came out of her need to hold the artifacts of a meaningful transition.
Lana is working now with Ambercare Hospice bereavement groups, helping participants to process loss.