To promote world peace.
All money from the sale of the finished Project will be donated to Doctors without Borders, that they may continue to help people around the world regardless of race, religion, economic status, or political pressure.
To piece together one hand made flag to represent each of the 198 countries in the world, surrounding the words “Let there be Peace on Earth.” All fiber mediums are welcome, from quilting, embroidery, cross stitch, felting, and dying to painted canvas. The majority of the flags, however, have been knit or crocheted. In addition, flags representing minority groups, cultural areas, religions, and sexual orientations have been added.
Peace is a long road. It doesn’t happen over night, and it takes work from everyone. While each individual flag is small (only 8” x16” in most cases), they symbolize hours of work and research on the part of the creator. Together, they form a massive textile piece over twelve feet in length. Each fiber artist involved has put her hopes and dreams for a better world into the piece she (or he) has created. Just like blocking a piece of knitwear, if we relax, give a little, and stretch ourselves just a bit, most of the differences in the world can be smoothed out until they are virtually unnoticeable.
Brain child of Sheena Pennell of London, Ohio, the 198 Countries Peace Project is intended for her senior thesis show at the Columbus College of Art and Design, which will take from March 2-6, 2009, with an open reception on March 6 in Beaton Gallery on the CCAD campus (161 N. Grant, Columbus, Ohio). The show itself is dedicated to World Peace, with the Peace Project at it’s heart and will include several pieces dedicated to this theme, mostly made up of fiber.
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