Last week, I got stuck in the studio. It really felt like I was banging my head on the wall and it was clear that continued effort in that state was not going to yield results. So! I did what many people do when they get stuck – I changed media and let myself play.
Felting fit the bill. Making a globe is a lot like making meatballs! All you need to do is stand at the sink and pat and rub and rinse under running water, and pat and rub some more. And, more importantly, since I am not a felter, there’s no real striving involved.
I used Peace Fleece rovings to cover two beach stones and to make a globe. Peace Fleece has an interesting story:
The Peace Fleece offices are in a barn on a sheep and horse farm in the small, rural town of Porter in the foothills of southwestern Maine. Peter Hagerty and his wife Marty Tracy started buying wool from the Soviet Union back in 1985 in hopes that through trade they could help diffuse the threat of nuclear war. Since then Peter has journeyed through eastern Europe, central Asia and the Middle East in search of farmers and shepherds who are willing to set aside historic enmities in exchange for opportunities leading to mutual understanding and economic interdependence.
This wool was ordered many years ago for some children’s classes that I was running, so I don’t remember its provenance. But – I remember that I intentionally selected wool from areas of the world that have been in conflict with each other for generations so that when felted together, the object would be ornamental AND a prayer for peace.
What do YOU do to express a desire for peace? Or, what do you do when you get stuck in the studio (which, if you think about it, would be a prayer for peace!)