When DAIS--Madison, Wisconsin's Domestic Abuse Intervention Services--put out a call to local artists for artwork for their new shelter, I knew right away that I wanted to partipate. They were seeking "uplifting, positive, impowering, and inspiring" artwork to brighten the walls of their new shelter and the lives of the women and children seeking safety there.
I was honored when my bead embroidery "Nebula" was selected to be part of their permanent collection. While I read the call for artists carefully, I must admit that I didn't really look at the DAIS logo or colors in their letterhead. So it was a surprise to me, and to DAIS staff, when I delivered "Nebula" to their office and was immediately asked if I'd made "Nebula" just for them; I told them that I hadn't. Did I know their color was purple? And did I know their logo contains a purple umbrella? No, I hadn't known those things either.
I had just felt strongly as soon as I read the paperwork that "Nebula" needed to go to the new DAIS shelter. The Om symbol in the center of the embroidery is used all over the world in centering, meditation, and prayer, and I hoped it could be both a grounding and uplifting image for the families and staff at the shelter.
When I received an e-mail earlier today with an invitation to the new DAIS Shelter ribbon-cutting ceremony that will take place next week, I understood why DAIS staff had reacted the way they did and that "Nebula" had definitely gone to the home in which it belongs.
Above is the DAIS logo; below is my 9"w x 11"h embroidery "Nebula."