Sunday, July 6, 2014

I have started...

Today I started making my peace 'flags' for 21 September. Well I won't really have peace flags. This year I hope to make a Peace 'prayer' wheel. Basically it will be a wheel with vanes that will catch the wind and turn the wheel; and send the  peace 'prayers' out to the universe as the wheel spins.

I have cut the vanes from an old silver-plated EPNS fruit bowl-basket. There are 8 vanes as that is how many segments the bowl had.

©2014 Barry Smith - Recycled metal for peace vanes
I have stamped 5 vanes with peace aspirations-prayers.

©2014 Barry Smith - Peace prayers-aspirations
And the other 3 with the saying "imagine peace now".

©2014 Barry Smith - "Imagine peace now"
I hope to get time to finish the wheel etc this week so I can test it before putting it up for peace day.

Friday, March 21, 2014

6 months to the international day of peace


greetings! 

the six months between september and now have flown - filled with all kinds of life events and weather events to keep us busy. 

this is the 3rd year we announce our project here - 
and it means more each time.

in the beginning, i focused upon my project to honor the quest for world peace. 

but it quickly evolved into becoming a part of my daily routine. 

let's face it,
one cannot make work authentically in the name of peace
without doing the inside work of being in peace.

it takes diligence and practice. 

with great joy i look forward to sharing the upcoming months with you - hearing from you - being inspired by you. 

like anything worth achieving, it takes practice - 

but the community is in place
the safety net is present
you need only to reach out.

anyone may participate - just send us an email and you will be added as an author - we ask only that you be respectful of the intention of the blog & kind to those who share.

for more information we have links set up in the side bar and in that tabs at the top. 

i would like to open this up a bit - if you go back, you will see inspiring works by talented makers. all visual artists. if however, you are a poet or a songwriter - i want to include you as well. you could write your words on paper or fabric to hang in the sun and the wind. and share it with all living things. if you are a musician, maybe you could play your work outside and allow it to be carried away. 

remember, while the 21st is the official day of honoring peace, every day holds the opportunity to promote it. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Peace flags a'fluttering...

Barry and I have been doing a fair bit of tidying up and sorting out around the place - a bit like a Spring clean I suppose.  In doing so, we came across our range of peace flags from this year and last and thought to ourselves; why don't we just hang them altogether?

We chose out the back near the peace bell deck, where we already fly Jennifer's flags from last year.

In the end we strung the recycled baby-wipes flags, Barry's metal flags, my peace crane fabric flags and Barry's last year's rainbow umbrella flags.

I think they look great and make me smile whenever I see them!

Looking out from the house...


Looking back at the house...


Closer up from down below…


From the side with the peace bell…


Closer up from the side with the peace bell and the breeze!


We also have my handmade paper with origami peace crane flags still flying out the front of our house as a welcome. I am so happy they have made it thru since 21 September…a month a half outside is not bad for paper I think!



Just wanted to share some of the ongoing joy of the peace flags around…go well.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Christine's peace lantern

Christine has been participating in A Letter a Week and she turned her completed alphabet into a lantern to shine on International Day of Peace. I am a wee bit late adding it the show sorry!

Christine also participated in the Maleny Flags last year where she made flags with children at one of the local primary schools as well as her own.


I think it's a wonderful lantern-like flag!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Peace Begins From Within

*I'm sorry for the delay in posting but I've been having major issues with Firefox crashing.*

I'd like to thank Mary Jane Dodd for continuing to promote peace through her Flags For Peace Project (part of the International Day of Peace).  I participated last year and I was thrilled to be a part of it this year, too.  Maire's determined, quiet, personal path toward both inner and world peace should serve as a beacon to us all.

World peace is such a large concept that seems so hugely impossible that many people are daunted by where and how to start and often end up paralyzed by the enormity of it.  If I dwelled on the particulars too much, I would probably be one of those people so, I choose to start small and work from within.  I try to do things that are fair, kind, environmentally friendly, but basically small.  Those things are what I am capable of doing on a daily basis but I'm convinced that they make a difference.

Peace Leaf Pendant by Cicada Silver
Peace Leaf Pendant

I made a piece of jewelry again this year as a simple, personal reminder for the wearer.  The leaf and peace tag are made from PMC3 while the peace symbol was forged from sterling silver wire.  I wanted to include a reminder to care for nature and a more literal peace symbol so that the message is both understated but still obvious.

Sterling Silver Peace Symbol by Cicada Silver
Sterling Silver Peace Symbol

Behind the leaf hangs a tag stamped with the word "peace" which was created by stamping the PMC3 clay with the etched brass stamp that I created when making last year's pendant.

handmade etched brass stamp
Etched Brass Stamp

My necklace isn't finished because my silver clam shell bead tips didn't arrive in time to finish the knotted bead portion.  My clasp and the chain portion will be attached when the tips arrive.  I'll post an updated photo, too.
 
Unfinished Necklace by Cicada Silver
 Unfinished Peace Leaf Necklace

UPDATE:

Finished Necklace by Cicada Silver
 Chain is Attached

Back View of Completed Necklace

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Compassion

i. winterhart - 2013

When I first started my flags, the final result was blurry. I knew the general direction, but not the destination. It is what I love most about the creative process, you just never know until you arrive. But as I was sitting at my table, weaving the threads in and out, over and under the flags started talking to me.

For each flag I created a copper frame and on each frame I punched two rows of holes to hold the threads. The first rows weaved together perfectly. Over and under and over and under. But when I got to the second row I was having to go over, under, over two, under one, over one, under two, etc. just to keep it from looking "off". The anal part of me was screaming. The wabi sabi part of me wasn't too concerned. But it was then that I realized exactly what this meant. I could see the frame as the Universe and the strands were all of us. All of "us" being plants, trees, insects, animals, people. All. We are all woven together, held in place by the embrace of the Universe and even though we aren't woven together perfectly, we are all one. If one unravels, we all unravel. When I told my thoughts to my dear friend, Mary Jane, she sent me this quote.

"When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe." - John Muir

For my flags last year, I placed many different "wishes" on many different flags. This year I've only picked three words. Three simple words with a lot of meaning. For me, this year has been all about "compassion". Although sometimes I'm quick to preach it, I don't always practice it. So I've tried to put a lot of emphasis on practicing it daily.

This morning I wandered upon this quote.
It made me smile.

"A spider lives inside my head
Who weaves a strange and wondrous web
Of silken threads and silver strings
To catch all sorts of flying things,
Like crumbs of thought and bits of smiles
And specks of dried-up tears,
And dust of dreams that catch and cling
For years and years and years . . ." - Shel Silverstein

And it was then I was reminded of a clip I saw on the documentary "Happy". It was of the Dalai Lama explaining that the way to maintain happiness in your life is through compassion. I know that for my personal venture of practicing more compassion is to let go of anger and resentment. It is sometimes really difficult to find compassion for someone we feel undeserving, but when we do, we find peace. When we throw love at someone instead of dirt, the outcome is positive and both sides feel some sense of happiness.

So the three words I'm manifesting most through my flags are peace, love and compassion. When we give love and show compassion, peace just simply appears.



i. winterhart - 2013

a ripple in new jersey

woven peace flags with brass chimes - mjd 2013

the international day of peace has arrived. 


woven peace flags with brass chimes - mjd 2013

woven flags represent
connection to all
fragile strength
and the importance of remaining open. 

woven peace flags with brass chimes - mjd 2013

gently ringing chimes bring us back to the moment. 

woven peace flags with brass chimes - mjd 2013

and thich nhat hanh reminds us:

'the miracle is not to walk on water. the miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.'

peace is a choice,
live it.