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Sunday, March 27, 2016
In Memoriam: Lydia Ruyle 1935-2016, Creator of Goddess Icon Spirit Banners
updated 3/31/16, with addition of second video updated 4/21, 4/23 with additional links at end
Ruyle, artist and scholar, died yesterday in her home state of Colorado of
brain cancer diagnosed about a month ago. She was 8o. She was known internationally for her Goddess Icon Banners honoring female deities around the world.
She was an artist scholar
emeritus at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, which established a
Lydia Ruyle Room of Women’s Art, a scholarship in her name, and gave her a lifetime
achievement award. She received her BA degree from the University of Colorado
at Boulder, and MA degree from from UNC. She also studied with Syracuse
University in Italy, France, Spain, and with the Art Institute of Chicago in
Indonesia. She worked regularly at Santa Reparata International School of Art
in Florence, Italy and Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago.
For a number of years, she led women’s pilgrimage journeys to sacred places
around the world. Among the countries where her Goddess Icon
Spirit Banners have flown are: Australia, Canada, Britain, France, Luxembourg,
Italy, Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland,
Russia, Turkey, Ghana, Kenya, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Japan, Nepal, Bhutan,
Tibet, China and the U.S. She is author of Goddess Icons Spirit Banners of the Divine Feminine(2002), and Goddesses of the Americas: Spirit Banners of the Divine Feminine,
published this month. She received the 2013 Brigit Award for excellence in the arts from the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology.
personally acquainted with Lydia on a internet discussion list where she kept
us up to date on her many fascinating experiences with her banners. Perhaps the
most remarkable one was her experience surrounding the disappearance and then
reappearance of 40 of her banners. She allowed the story to be posted on this
blog under her byline and the title , “Forty Goddess Banners Take a Detour in 2014.”When I contacted Lydia several years ago to ask if I could use her banner art
on the cover of the third edition of my book,
She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother, she did not hesitate to say yes,
and gave me innumerable banners from which to make my selection. I will always
be grateful for her generosity.
the Goddesses of her banners surround her with love and blessings, and may she
rest in their arms and be renewed.
Here is a You
Tube video with Lydia’s banners and other goings-on, first shown at a conference
several years ago; music is Jennifer Berezan’s “Returning.”
update 3/31/16: The following video is copyright 2015 by filmmaker Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost. It is narrated by Lydia Ruyle and has autobiographical material beginning with her childhood.
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