Thursday, September 21, 2017

Continuing ... The International Day of Peace

The sun has risen on the Texas Hill Country, the same sun that has already risen and set over The International Day of Peace in Australia, where Fiona Dempster's peace bell rang out ...
https://paperponderings.blogspot.com/2017/09/international-day-of-peace.html

As I often do, I called my congressman this morning (which is to say I talked to his staff), leaving him best wishes on this International Day of Peace and expressing my hope that he will take actions toward securing peace in the days ahead.

My own actions will include stitching more peace pins, like the ones pictured here ...


resting on the back cover of Mo's Illustrated Lyrics of Old Man Crow

As many of you know, the first peace pin flew to Barry Smith in Maleny
http://rustnstuff.blogspot.com/2017/09/imagine-peace-international-peace-day.html
seven months ago ...


It was a response to his call, 
"It's time ... may hope and peace prevail"

Since then, more than 50 peace pins have traveled to six countries and 19 states within the USA ... sent in response to the comments left here.

Those comments are now being stitched into a peace shawl. Some are but a single word, such as this one used with permission from Dana at Raven and Sparrow


Others are phrases, such as this one used with permission from Beth at Still Life Pond


All will eventually be worn asemically ...


in hopes that their outward appearance will trigger questions that lead to conversations about peace.

I intentionally used up the last of the tannin and cochineal dyed linen from the first peace pin. Until now, I had been wanting to "save it." Now I realize "it's time" to let it go, so it can be a part of something bigger.

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N.B. For those of you who share my love of cloth, I commend to your attention the following about tannin and cochineal:

Dana's beautiful series of posts about the tannin-dyed chuppah she created:


And these two articles about the preservation of cochineal dyeing practices:


9 comments:

Marti said...

Peace making itself known from every corner of the globe...holding hope, understanding and love.

Thanks for the cochineal links Liz. Two years ago the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico had a major cochineal exhibit and it was absolutely fascinating: It was titled, "The Red that Colored the World."

http://www.internationalfolkart.org/exhibition/2433/the-red-that-colored-the-world

Liz A said...

Marti - I would have loved seeing this exhibit ...

Sending thoughts of peace to you and yours

Mo Crow said...

I love seeing the back of your exquisite stitching, will be interesting to hear how people engage with the asemic writing, half a lifetime ago my glass engraving mentor questioned why I was being obscure about my intent in a piece I was working on, she said "as artists we have to be as clear as we can about what it is we are trying to say" & that gave me pause for thought, was I trying to be deliberately mysterious? was the perceived obscurity in defense of that feeling of my heart and soul being stripped naked at the moment of delivery? being an illustrator by nature I want to tell the story in as much detail as possible often leaving too little to engage the imagination of the viewer, as Emily Dickinson said so beautifully-

Tell all the truth but tell it slant,

Success in circuit lies,

Too bright for our infirm delight

The truth's superb surprise; 



As lightning to the children eased

With explanation kind,

The truth must dazzle gradually

Or every man be blind.

Liz A said...

Mo - Poetry often leaves me wondering what the poet meant ... which is why I do love hearing singer/songwriters tell the stories behind the writing of their songs. Fortunately, my peace shawl will be two-sided, so I will be able to choose between the asemic and the obvious at will ... all in good time.

And thank you for sharing Emily's words here ...

Cathy aka Luvswool said...

hope it's ok to share my today's blog on peace:

https://naturedye.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/international-day-of-peace-092117/

Liz A said...

Cathy - peace in all its manifestations is welcome here

Fiona Dempster said...

it is soon to be making work that encourages peace conversations on;t you think? And to know when the right moment or time has arrived for things to head out into the world is grand - what better role could they ever play than what you doing now? With gratitude for your work,.

Fiona Dempster said...

loving the typos! It is good...don't you think...

Liz A said...

Fiona - it is good indeed ... I'm always amazed at how our minds can see past typos, making sense of it all

And thank you, as always. I truly appreciate the ability to send work out into the virtual world while it is still a physical "work in progress" ...