Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
I know there's peace around the dinner table, and I know there's peace as in countries around the world minding their own business, tending to their own backyard, and playing nice with each other. And I know there's peace as in around the water cooler, but today I think about peace through the lens of Nancy. For Nancy and others like her who simply have a different way of being in the world . . .
I wish them
understanding instead of scorn
and acceptance instead of ridicule
I wish them
care instead of abuse
and tenderness instead of harm.
I wish them
to be seen and not overlooked,
to be respected and not dismissed.
I wish them
ample opportunities for expression
and the materials to be creative.
My biggest wish is not for all the Nancys in the world to be more like us,
but for us to be more like them.
Then, it seems to me,
we would know peace.
Then I stitch:
And that's how we do it.
She is my developmentally disabled sister-in-law, Nancy,
and I am Jeanne, the woman who flat-out loves her.
Go here to start at the beginning of our collaborative creative project and read your way current.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Since then we have been fortunate to receive a grant (around A$1700) to use the photographs of the Maleny Peace Flags and to publish them in a Blurb book. The book will be a hard cover, coffee-table kind of book which we will donate to schools and public Libraries in our area.
We have enough money to publish 40 books.
We are also hoping to tell the story of how the Maleny Peace Flags fit in with this blog and the project started by Mary Jane, and would love to include as many images from here as we can at the back of the book - to show how it fits together.
If you would be willing for us to use images of your flags as posted here and include them in our book could you please either leave a comment or email me (email@example.com) and let me know it's OK?
The book will also be available to purchase from the Blurb book site once we have published it. The cost will be around A$40.00 and we expect that it will be available sometime in December.
We are excited that we will have the opportunity to share the beauty and variety of peace flags, and the idea that artists around the world believe in peace and wish for peace. It will be wonderful for the schools to receive a copy and who knows, it might lead to them getting involved themselves next year?
Thanks for your participation so far, and hopefully for your permission to use images of your flags in this publication.
Many thanks and go well, Fiona. Here are my peace flag weather-grams, still flying as the tree buds and grows around them...
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Being so far inland here in NC we were lucky to see only the outer fringes of Hurricane Sandy. Although she has hit land we are still experiencing wind bursts and patches of rain. Even being this far away.
States north of us, including NJ, where our dear friend, Mary Jane lives were hit hard. Sandy was not kind; flooding and power outages for millions along the coastline. Let us all come together and send as much healing light and love as needed (and much more) all this week to our brothers and sisters hit hardest by this massive storm.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
I particularly like these chakra flags from Nepal as they allow us to focus on balancing our energy centers . Many sages have suggested that Peace begins within. If our inner vibration is lacking harmony how can we project and further the Peace in the outer world? I am grateful for these colorful reminders.
Red I am safe . I trust more. I fear less. I am centered and grounded
Orange I feel my emotions and my pain. I reawaken my passion. I surrender to this moment.
Yellow I am courageous. I am whole. I stand in my power.
Green I am loved, I let love in. I am kind to myself. I live in peace and gratitude.
Blue I play in my imagination. I create my reality. I know and share my truth.
Purple I honor my intuition . I accept my path, I am healing : body , mind , and spirit.
Lavender I connect with Spirit. I invite sacred transformation . I embrace the unity of all beings.
Monday, September 24, 2012
"Remember the flags that you helped me hang outside? Well, they are to celebrate International Peace Day too.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Ángel Vilamajó and Francesa Payeras run the beautiful 'Mas Marianets', a country
house and art centre that I blogged about here.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
we know that the work towards peace in ourselves, our communities and our world is a 24/7/365 job...
a practice, like any other...
practices require awareness -
consider this blog a place to share your practice, to hone your awareness, to help others become conscious of it - whether it be thoughts you have, a story from your day, an image, some work you are doing...
we are strengthened by community - and as one has begun here, let us continue to participate in it and share it...
one action at a time
brings us ever closer...
thank you so much to all who came to this blog in any capacity -
and to the makers, who made my heart swell with their work.
Friday, September 21, 2012
My object is not a flag to be hung outdoors but is instead a pendant to be worn to remind the wearer that the goal of world peace will be attained only through the works of each individual.
A rectangle of poplar wood is layered with etched copper that has a leaf-shaped window with crocheted green cotton thread peeking through.
The back of the pendant was branded with the words “Path To Peace” and a spiral as a physical representation that the path to peace will not always be easy or comfortable.
The individual stitches of the crocheted cotton represent each of the many things that we can do to achieve the goal of “world peace”.
My blog post: http://libellulajewelry.blogspot.com/2012/09/international-day-of-peace.html
Do not seek it without.
I've been enjoying my tiny peace/prayer flags for a couple weeks. I've loved the process and how uplifting they are to have in my small studio. To read more about how I made them you can read about the process on my blog by clicking here.
i am simply so grateful for all of the work and words that are being shared today and i look forward to reading every post...
inspired by the darchor style of flags, my small metalwork seemed to lend itself to an interpretation of them...
the just-opening lotus bud suggesting the vulnerability we often feel; a necessary transition that moves us towards blooming... for the more of us bloom, the better things are...
in the final piece, the way the threads were knotted at the top created what look like arms - each color with its arms touching its neighbor... all connected, but separate - just like us...