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So many women added to this project and we were thrilled to invite Tracy from EVP to show her the new sign for her coffee house on Baldwin. _MG_0728.jpg

She was so moved, speechless….momentarily and when she found her voice again, with tears in her eyes, she shared her gratitude. She described for us the intention she has of providing safe & welcoming places for people. We, too, are so grateful for the gift of her coffee! We celebrated with a meal & conversation.  Installation of the sign will come in spring when the weather warms up. _MG_0750.jpg

The women of the project.

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This year has been one of our most challenging and most gratifying. We received several grants to assist us in our work against human trafficking. These grants included monies for setting up a weaving studio. We have two looms that are ready with a third in the setup process. Our large floor loom is dedicated to paraments for St. John’s Lutheran. We are weaving those in collaboration with the children from St. John’s Sunday morning Learning Place. The Navajo loom has a Peace Weaving for India. The Peace Weaving Project has been creating group weavings since 1991. Each weaving is a visual prayer or intention of peace for a specific place. The completed weavings are delivered to organizations that provide help and healing. Twenty-one weaving have been delivered to places around the world.

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Over the course of 2015 we have worked slowly and steadily on a sign for EVP Coffee on East Wash. Using words from Tracy Danner and even a mug that broke during our conversation we have a work of art we are proud to share with the community! This spring it will be installed with a dedication, party and an exhibit of our individual mosaics for sale.

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We were so honored to receive a grant for our garden from the Willy Street Co-op Reinvestment Fund. We were able to hire Matt Dries, the Resourceful Handyman, to create beautiful raised beds and Megan Cain,  the Creative Vegetable Gardner, to help us design a more productive garden. Thanks to Joy’s family, we received wondrous compost, a glowing term for dirt but truly deserved. They have brought us several tons in the past two years and our garden responds. We have enjoyed monthly meals with food from our garden and our participants.

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Our goals for 2016 are ambitious and we always welcome visitors to our program on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 or visit our website at backyardmosaicwomensproject.org.

• Create mosaicked images of the Dane County Sheriff’s Office’ 6 core values: Integrity, Respect, Knowledge, Leadership, Courage, Professional Excellence
• Design & commission trellises
• Design & fundraise for benches
• Weave paraments for St. John’s sanctuary
• Install EVP sign and create a fundraising exhibit.
• Peace Weaving for India

We are so grateful to Community of Hope, UCC for being our fiscal agent and look forward to further collaboration.
Julia Weaver, Marcia Yapp, Christa Fisher, Cara Erickson and the Women of the Project

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Willy Street gifting us with a grant from

the Community Reinvestment Fund.

It is fun getting money, but what is even more import

is the support we are receiving for our work.

The money will go towards raised beds,

including accessible beds & trellises.

We are currently working hard on the designs

in coordination with the landscape project

that will be happening at St. John’s.

Beauty happening.

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Progress on our EVP sign!

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We had a wonderful meal from our garden

& veggies from friends Ann and Joy’s gardens.

Sharing it with women from:

AFFW Current 2014

…another major funder of our project, made it even more fun!

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Check out the lovely article they wrote about us

in the AFFW’s August website.

Does it get any better than this?!

peace & gratitude,

the women of the project

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Learning Place Kids & the blessing of our tools by Pastor Ken.                                  Everyone paying attention!

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Women of the Project finish the planting.

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Our EVP sign in progress.

Our new weaving studio is up & running & we are having a wonderful time!

peace & gratitude, the Women of the Project

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We worked hard & now we have completed our installation in the entryway at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

We have also begun the work on a commissioned sign for EVP Coffee House on the corner of East Wash & Baldwin.

Oakhill Correctional Horticulture Program sent out their notice for our requests for May plants…

so we know spring is coming!

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Our new weaving studio is slowing developing, the way really good things happen!

This is our first warp, ready & waiting for us to weave in the weft yarns.

As always we welcome visitors!

Peace & gratitude,

The Women of the Project

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We put the garden to bed just in time for the very early November deep freeze.

It was another glorious garden.

We are coming to the completion of the entryway installation @ St. John’s & we are inspired for more!

peace & gratitude,

the women of the project

Every once in awhile we reflect together on just what this project means to us:
Therapy for our inner thoughts & feelings
Creates positive energy
Break from life at the jail
Give back to the community
Creative opportunity
Safe place
Peace
For women
Use our healing hands
Healing ourselves in the garden

 

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