This workshop explores what it means to belong to and represent a place. As artists and humans, we carry inside of us the spirits of places we love and long for. These places become part of who we are and the lens through which we see the world. Flags are common representations of place. We know the colors, shapes, and symbols of these devices by memory and their histories by heart. In this session, we will take a deeper look at flags and other placemaking imagery that have been used across the world. We will explore the work of a few vexillologists and artists, and then create our own prototypes of flags. Participants will gain a clearer understanding of how flags represent places and how to create images that local communities can rally around.
Carolyn Runck uses a variety of media including collage, painting, and printmaking to explore themes of place, language, and belonging. She draws inspiration from stories and the natural world. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the University of Northwestern St. Paul in 2012. Carolyn is a native Minnesotan currently based in Mankato.