The Lotus Lantern and Luminaria Project is an initiative to bring the glow of lanterns to our Bloomington community, as the days shorten and the nights get longer. To celebrate lantern traditions from around the world, Lotus is working with a few lantern artists to create templates for building lanterns that can be used decoratively in homes and businesses, or on walks, to light the way.
The project is designed to be welcoming and inclusive by focusing on lantern customs that represent several different world traditions. Lotus will supply the materials and will hold workshops that will allow physically-distanced participation.
We’ll have three separate designs:
A Korean inspired paper basket lantern (designed by Shelley Hanmo Qian of JunoniaArts) with a Lotus charm and origami cicada (optional) that holds a tealight. This design can be made with colored paper, scissors, tape, string, lotus charm, and origami cicada (design by community member Marlen Rust).
A Chinese lantern (designed by Shelley Hanmo Qian of JunoniaArts), using construction paper, stapler, string, hole punch, and scissors.
Luminaria, based on Mexico/Southwest US border regions designs, using recycled paper.