The first one is called Global Art Project for Peace and information can be found at; http://www.globalartproject.org/index.html. I joined as an individual but was thinking that it would be a really great experience to be a part of a group doing this too.
Here is the project mission and description as sited from their website:
Project DescriptionAnyone can participate!
The Global Art Project is an International Art Exchange for Peace. Here's how it works: Participants create a work of art in any medium, expressing their vision of global peace and goodwill. The art is displayed locally in each participant’s community. Global Art Project then organizes an international exchange by matching participants—group-to-group and individual-to-individual. The exchange occurs April 23-30 biennially, resulting in thousands of people sending messages of Peace around the world at one time—visions of unity simultaneously encircle the Earth. The art is sent as a gift of global friendship and exhibited in the receiving community.
Participants may send documentation of the art created and of the people who came together to create the art to the GAP Art Bank. Global Art Project exhibitions, books, slide presentations, and this website give people an opportunity to experience visions of peace and unity created by individuals from diverse cultures around the world.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I had originally thought to make a painting on canvas until I realized the cost of shipping internationally. Ouch! I took a walk New Year's day with a friend and was talking about my dilemma and trying to figure what else I could make that would represent my view on peace and would be a bit lighter and more economical to ship. I mentioned some of the other projects I'd seen on the website like peace boxes and peace bracelets. My wonderful friend Cindi mentioned a bag of some sort and my idea grew from there. Thanks for your brain Cindi!
At first I wanted to sign up for a block printing class being held next weekend at Rochester Makerspace so I could create an image to print onto a canvas bag that I would purchase. But then I started looking at the cost and realizing that I had a conflict in events and couldn't attend the workshop and it made me think about the mixed media fiber arts class I just took in November and the new skills I developed and how I could use those skills to create a bag.
I decided to pull out some wool sweater scraps and set off creating my own bag from scratch. I chose two complimentary colors, one for the front and one for the back. I then designed the mandala like image for the front using a permanent marker, printed it out onto iron on transfer paper and ironed it onto a beige piece of fabric. I cut around the circle and hand sewed onto the front of the bag using the blanket stitch. Then I embroidered a saying about how I feel about peace around the circle. It states "Do not walk behind me or in front of me but beside me and bring peace." I then sewed the front and back of the bag together. Found a beige canvas belt that had been in my closet for 10 years (always thinking I might use it but never did) and cut off the ends and then sewed it onto the inside of the bag to create the handle. I created a liner out of the beige fabric and sewed it to the inside of the purse (this covered the handle and the stitching from the front). The final step was rather to put on a button or not. I prefer buttons so that I worry less about losing something out of my bags. However; I really didn't want to deal with creating a button hole and messing up the bag. I put a poll out to family and friends and of course the button won out 3:2. It turned out okay (not perfect but I didn't ruin the bag). :)
Overall I really liked creating this project. It's a one of the kind bag and I like that it's a functional piece of art that still allowed me to express my thoughts around global peace. Now all I have to do is wait until the end of March to find out who I send it to. Stay tuned...