Art quilts, Prayer Flag Project at camp

Jul 21, 2014
An ongoing, interactive outdoor sculpture will be part of Maryly Mathewman’s fiber artist residency in Searsport Shores Ocean Campground.

Searsport — Fiber artist Maryly Mathewman will be Artist in Residency in Searsport Shores Ocean Campground’s Camp and Create Sunday through Saturday, July 27 through Aug. 2.  The drop-in, hands-on presentations take place throughout the week, and no fee is required for instruction.

Mathewman will be working on art quilts daily, but campers can plan on doing their own Wish Flag to be part of the Prayer Flag Project plus an outside ongoing art sculpture. There will be some bedtime stories at the campfire along with props and dolls that Mathewman will make during the day to use that night.

Mathewman lives on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire and since she retired from her “day job,” she has devoted her talents to making colorful stitches, exploring her Latvian heritage through wool and teaching prison inmates (and others) how to knit, sew and listen.

In 2011, Vivika De Negre started The Prayer Flag Project. Mathewman started a small branch of this in Gilford, N.H., last summer 2013 for a 6-year-old boy with an inoperable brain tumor. The child would sit in his hospital bed with a fish net, collecting wishes while his friends made flags of wishes, prayers, hope, strength, courage and health. Mathewman made a cozy quilt of some of these flags. The creative process of making these flags helped a community express feelings and served as a creative outlet.

Mathewman hopes to continue offering little workshops on Wish/Prayer Flags at the Boys and Girls Club, hospitals and at Fiber College this year. For more information, visit For more information about camping or participating in Camp and Create at Searsport Shores, visit or call 548-6059.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

Maryly Mathewman and her pal, Zeke.
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