Idaho Banners: An Exploration Into Iconic Plants, Animals, and Landscape of the High Desert and the Central Batholiths.
A while back I wrote about some of my flag designs with the interest of eventually changing the Idaho State flag. While this goal still stands; I used some of the first flag designs as a base for my most recent project: An attempt to depict/represent iconic regions of Idaho following design rules realized in the Sage Grouse tail and Pronghorn skull flags.
I now have six completed Idaho Banners, each one capturing and representing distinct regions of the state.
Left to right, going down: Banner for Northern Idaho's lakes and Idaho's Trout and Salmon - Banner for the lava flows of Hells Half Acre and Craters of the Moon - Banner for the Owyhee Canyonlands - Banner for the River of No Return Wilderness - (last two) Banners for the Snake River Plain / High Desert.
I am choosing to call this project complete, for now, while acknowledging Northern Idaho is not represented as much as the southern and central parts of the state. Perhaps at a later date I'll see it prudent to add more banners which are more specific to Northern Idaho.
I do not see these banners as pieces to hang on a wall or regular pieces of fine art. Their value isn't the actual piece of paper but the form itself. their true potential is to be used as signifiers of identity. Say if someone was raised in a city on the Snake River Plain they would have the Pronghorn, or Sage Grouse Tale flag on a favorite jacket: or if Someone loves to hike in the River of Not Return Wilderness, they would put that banner on the rear window of their car in the form of a vinyl decal.
A goal of mine was to make banners/designs people of Idaho can use to more accurately define themselves. I wanted to make banners people of Idaho can rally under.