Well...Hi...my name is Cada Johnson and I've been making art for my living since 1990. I birthed these prayer flags in my yurt/studio in Oregon in 2015. The flags were born out of a desire to listen to plants and animals for their inherent wisdom and to use raw materials with respect for the earth's resources. They are made of 100% recycled plastic, crafted by hand, one step at a time and made with love.
Prayer flags are believed to have originated in India and introduced into Tibet around 1040 CE and are still very common in Nepal and Tibet today. Traditionally they are strung in high places; the tops of monasteries, stupas and mountain passes so that the wind can pass through them and carry the prayers into the world. As the flags fade and decay from exposure to the elements, new strings are added and it is believed that the prayers are integrated into the fabric of the universe through the cycle of decay and renewal.
Why the name Astrea? She was a Greek goddess of innocence and purity and always associated with justice. Astrea was called the celestial virgin because of her innocence and was the last of the immortals to have lived amongst humans during the Golden Age. Astrea abandoned earth during the Iron Age because of the wickedness of humanity and she fled to the heavens where she resides as the constellation Virgo. According to the myth, one day she will return to earth bringing with her the return of a golden age of which she was the ambassador.