Community art project underway in Marquette

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Who knew a recycled piece of cloth could have meaning?

Joy Bender Hadley, a teacher at North Star Academy in Marquette Township, is taking part in the Community 100DayProject in which participants work on an artistic endeavor every day for 100 consecutive days, according to The Mining Journal of Marquette ( http://bit.ly/1mgz5gY ).

Her project is a series of connected pieces of decorated cloth, or “spirit flags,” that are similar to Nepalese prayer flags.

Hadley began the project on the 100DayProject kickoff date of Jan. 21.

Her flag art is new for her.

“I’ve not done much of fabric,” Hadley said. “But I’m experimenting.”

Each flag, created with recycled fabric, is painted with a variety of patterns and iron-on transfers. They are connected with a ribbon and now are being held together by tiny clothespins.

“Sometimes I don’t know exactly where I’m going with them,” Hadley said.

She does know, she pointed out, that each flag will have a title.

“I’m hoping to have 50 by the end of 100 days, but I certainly wouldn’t complain if I had more,” Hadley said.

Sabrina Wheeler, a North Star student teacher and a Northern Michigan University senior majoring in art education with a minor in math education, is creating a “silly face series” for the 100DayProject.

One is an oil painting of herself.

“They’re all just goofy faces,” Wheeler said. “I don’t have a plan of how many I want to finish.”

However, Wheeler acknowledged she simply wanted to work in art.

“When I was taking classes, I rarely did art unless it was for a particular class,” she said.

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