Monday, October 17, 2011

Peacefelt 2011

I joined Marie Spaulding's PeaceFelt group this year. It’s an opportunity to reach out to others through art with an emphasis on felt.

Last year I looked at all the fabulous photos and wished I’d participated. This year I decided to get on board – but I didn’t count on the impact moving my elderly parents closer to me or getting a puppy would have on my already busy life! So the deadline, September 21, came and went with nothing sent.

Ok so excuses aside here’s how it’s gone for me.

I got started late but I knew that my next piece would be centred around the Jewish symbol of the hamsa. Here’s an excerpt from really good definition of the symbol I found online:


The word “hamsa” or “hamesh” means five. There are five digits on the hamsa hand & five books of the Torah. The fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, "Heh", represents one of God’s holy names. It has been used for centuries as a symbol of protection against evil and is known in Jewish lore as the “Hand of Miriam”. The Hamsa's positive energy draws happiness, riches and health. Many place the Hamsa hand in their homes and at their work place to ward off the "evil eye".

Then my giving partner Juliann wrote this:

My hands have special meaning to me
I communicate with my hands
I am a Certified Deaf Interpreter
I love to write
I love to art
I love to type

That really put me in the zone! Now to fit in the idea of peace – the Hebrew word Shalom is familiar to many. It looks like this:


So somewhere around Sept 21 when I should have been making the piece I was as far as drawing the concept.


From there I made a cartoon of the final design


Finally on Oct 15 I began the felt


Now I am embellishing the felt with embroidery.

Juliann hang in there - with luck the piece will be in the mail by Friday!

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