Peace Felt 2010

Peace Man

I just finished my piece for the Peace Felt 2010 event. The “V” hand signal and the white dove with an olive branch in it’s beak were the first two peace symbols that came to my mind after I decided to join the Peace Felt group. I put the two symbols together for a stronger impact. My piece was made with a combination of wet and needle felting techniques.

Peace Dove detail

Peace or the lack of peace is something I think about almost every day here in Israel. I read about attempts at peace negotiations on the front page of the newspapers, I see how a lack of peace effects the economy here and I see how the lack of peace effects the social atmosphere around me.

back/wrong side of peace symbol

Not only does Israel have peace issues to deal with but many refugees from war torn countries come to Israel seeking asylum. I see people looking for peace, looking for peaceful lives and peace of mind in ways many people take for granted. I’m not sure what my little felt sculpture can do to help make peace but perhaps it can be a small reminder of how important it is and that we should all strive for peace and try to influence our own governments to attain it.

Peace symbol for Peace Felt 2010

Felting classes in Chicago

downtown Chicago

Getting around in downtown Chicago wasn’t very easy this year as Michigan Ave. and other streets were closed due to the shooting of the Transformers 3 movie. It was pretty wild seeing the “war zone” looking scenery and wreckage laid out all over Wacker Drive. Even though we didn’t stay in Chicago this summer as long as we usually do, I did manage to do one really interesting thing; I took a felting class with Deborah Pope, from the blog site Altered Threads. I’ve been following Deborah’s blog for a while now and I’ve always admired her felted dolls. What luck that she was in Chicago with the NIADA doll conference at the same time I was! I thought that I was signing up at the NIADA doll conference to take a needle felting class, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that she doesn’t needle felt, she wet felts and is able to make these amazing dolls with the wet felt technique. I’d never wet felted before, so I learned the basics of wet felting and a few little tricks in the two classes that I took. Some really nice ladies from all over the United States and I each made our own adorable fish in the Dream Fish class and a  tiny hat in the Haute Chapeaux class. As a patient and friendly instructor, I’d highly recommend taking a class from Deborah; I thought she was a great teacher.

Deborah's Victoria doll
Deborah's Herr Hiram Rabbit doll

This rabbit is my favorite of Deborah’s dolls. She hand painted his eyes and meticulously sewed his clothes and shoes….and she made the chair he’s sitting in. I’m now thinking about how I can use my new found information and how I can combine needle felting and wet felting to make something unique!

Deborah and her Herr Hiram rabbit doll