BANNER COLLECTIONS NOW AVAILABLE!
 
My goal was to be able to make my banner collections available by April 1, and that goal has been realized!


A distinctive characteristic of the collections is that I'm making them available as custom-printed fabrics so that the purchasing communities can collaborate in finishing the fabrics into banners.  If you have concerns about whether such collaboration holds promise for success, please check out the Banner Finishing Process, where you'll find detailed guidelines and assurance that only basic sewing skills are required.


Purchasing communities may choose from one of three standard sizes for each of the collections.  Orders may be placed by completing this form and either mailing it to me at the address below or emailing it to me as an attachment to linda@lindahenke.com.  When an order is received, the purchaser will be sent an electronic PayPal invoice prompting payment.  As soon as payment is made, the order is placed for the print-on-demand banner fabrics.  Typical delivery time is three to five weeks.

Having a hard time envisioning which collection will look best in your worship space?  Take a moment to view these images depicting the designs in a variety of worship contexts. To share information about the collections with a broader circle, just refer people to the BANNER COLLECTIONS tab on my website.

I'm thrilled to have this opportunity to collaborate with local faith communities in offering quality, accessible liturgical art to enrich the worship of God's people, and congregations are excited to be able to acquire an entire collection of banners at about the same price point as a single banner created using my previous methods of working.  My sense is that this arrangement is a "win-win"!

IS THIS ALL THERE IS??
 
Maybe not!  Before I moved forward with the banner designs and this concept of collaborating with purchasers, I sought feedback from a trusted circle of friends and colleagues, and they strongly affirmed both the designs and the concept. I also received one particularly intriguing suggestion: to consider offering the same sorts of fabric collections for purchasers to use in creating vestments and paraments.

As you can well imagine, such an enterprise would pose some challenges, but I am in the process of at least exploring this possibility:

+  The polyester duck fabric that works so wonderfully for the banners would not be ideal for vestments and paraments. The option recommended by my printer -- polyester poplin -- is proving to be a great alternative.  In fact, I recently completed a stole using the printed poplin, and am now in the process of creating coordinating paraments. They are lovely!

 

+  More advanced sewing skills would be required to create the vestments and paraments, and I would not want to offer this option unless and until I'm able to develop clear, step-by-step guidelines for successfully finishing the items.  This might be something similar to the guidelines I created for the banners or it might be a video that could be viewed multiple times in advance and then readily referenced throughout the finishing process.

 

+  When it comes to vestments and paraments, one size does not fit all, so I'm also experimenting with ways to create designs that could be offered in a standard size, along with instructions for modest customization. To be sure, this is the trickiest challenge of all.  

 

So ... is this idea a "flash of brilliance" or an "impossible dream"?  I welcome your opinions and suggestions!

BETTER THAN A THOUSAND WORDS   

Although a picture may be worth a thousand words, there's nothing quite like seeing (and pawing over) the actual items. That's why I'm excited to share that Te Deum Designs will be a "vendor" at the Institute of Liturgical Studies, April 29 - May 1, at Valparaiso University. 

Colleague Christine Felde and I will have small-ish versions of each of the three banner collections available for your perusal.  We'll also have Power Point presentations of the banners in various contexts and the guidelines for finishing the banners, as well as postcards, order forms, etc.  Better yet, Christine (sewist extraordinaire) will field questions about the finishing process -- and provide assurance that you probably do have people in your faith community who would love to collaborate in finishing the banners.
 
Of course, I'll also bring my vestment and parament experiments so that you can check those out.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 
CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR ARTISTS?  

Absolutely!  In February, I had the opportunity to take a class in Louisville, KY, with calligrapher and book artist Laurie Doctor (left). In March, I took a class in Santa Fe, NM, with print maker and book artist Louise Grunewald (right).  Both were wonderful experiences.

Although the classes were "outside my wheelhouse," I've found that occasionally stepping out of my comfort zone often prompts me to imagine new avenues of exploration for my work.
 
 
EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
 
I'm proud to have my "Labor of Love" included in Excellence in Fiber IV, an exhibition curated by FIBER ART NOW magazine that will be displayed May 11 - July 6 in the gallery of the Craft in America Center, 8415 West Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048.  If you visit this amazing exhibition, I hope you'll shoot some photos and share them with me.

 

Work is nearing completion on my PENTECOST post for the Worship Blog of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Responses to "Prayers for the Journey," my post for Lent, have been very gratifying, so I'm eager to share thoughts and visual resources to enrich congregations' celebrations of Pentecost. I guess you could say that I've been "playing with fire!"

 

I'm pleased to have had work selected for inclusion in two on-line exhibitions of Episcopal Church Visual Arts: Suffering and This Fragile Earth.

 

A recent article in the TOLEDO BLAZE referenced exhibitions of my work at HeART Gallery and Saint Paul Lutheran Church, both in the Toledo, OH, area.

 
CROSS + WORDS   
I'm not sure why, but this has been an especially rich Lenten season for me.  Perhaps this is because, in working on the Lenten resources for the ELCA Worship Blog, I immersed myself in the season and the lectionary texts more deeply and for longer duration than usual ... or because, during this time of pastoral transition in my home congregation, I have been more intensely involved in planning and coordinating worship during this season ... or because I have been feeling more keenly the fragility of the human vessels that give shape to our lives.  But then, "Why?" is seldom a helpful question ....

My home congregation, for the first time, offered opportunities for people to come forward after midweek worship to receive a personal blessing for their journey, accompanied by an anointing with oil.  Aware of how reluctant people were to participate, I couldn't help but think of the woman in this coming Sunday's gospel text [John 12:1-8] who came forward so boldly, not to receive a blessing but to offer one.  Her story brings to mind this reflection by one of my favorite writers, which I leave with you as a blessing for your continuing Lenten Journey.