Join Us for Peace Felt 2017!

Peace Felt 2017 featured on www.livingfelt.com/blog

Peace Felt 2017 is Happening!

Each year, the United Nations opens its regular meeting of the General Assembly by declaring the International Day of Peace. The UN encourages people to participate in practical acts of peace to put the meaning into action.

Living Felt encourages its followers to participate in Peace Felt in order to send a message of peace. We hope that by sharing these creations, we’ll show that the collective desire for a peaceful existence really makes a difference in the way people move through the world. In this way, participants are publicly displaying their willingness to actively participate in loving kindness and good will to all.

We are pleased to announce there WILL BE a Peace Felt 2017! Here are some important dates … please make note of them:

Registration Official Open Date: June 15th
Registration closes: August 15th
Partner Matches Announced: August 31st
Mail Peace Felt Art to Partner by: September 15th

Please start thinking of a Peace Felt that is from your heart and hands, and can be mailed anywhere in the world!

Please visit www.peacefelt.org for complete information.

*make sure to read dates and how to register

Arlecchino Project - Cristina Pacciani of Cricri Felt - entitled "Excess of Joy"

The Arlecchino Project — Love & Connection Felt

nuno felt red for peace fetl exchange by Cristina Pacciani of Cricri Felt

In 2010 I met Cristina Pacciani through  Peace Felt – a global art exchange project. We are what you might call, “virtual friends”,
having never actually met in person.  Shown above is a work Cristina was crafting to send off to someone she had also never met in person; a gift she would give freely in the spirit of love, connectivity and Peace. Cristina would receive a felted art gift also,
but from a different person…who happened to be me, Marie Spaulding. Through this exchange it was my good fortune to meet
such a bright energy and kind, loving heart.

Dress by Cristina Pacciani entitled "We Are All Made of Stars", from the "Im Perfect Collection" Cricri Felt

Dress by Cristina Pacciani entitled "We Are All Made of Stars", from the "I'm Perfect Collection" Cricri Felt

Cristina is a lovely soul and gifted artist who is also a talented felt maker. She is an Italian, living in Amsterdam where she felts her art under the name Cricri Felt, she also teaches felt making and she has a beautiful family. In 2011 Cristina conceived of the idea for
The Arlecchino Project, also a Global Art Project, but in this case, calling on her “virtual” friends to send her a fabric or threads so she could connect everyone by creating with them a large, tangible work of art.

What came about was and is bold, beautiful and sincerely heart felt. The work has traveled greatly, and touched the hearts of so many.  Now, some three years later, the boxes still arrive filled with fabric, fibers, love and stories; new people continue to join the project, and Cristina continues to felt the love of it all into works of art.

We will let Cristina tell you about the project in her own words.

Arlecchino Project - Cristina Pacciani of Cricri Felt - entitled "Excess of Joy"

"Excess of Joy" ~ the first work Cristina created for The Arlecchino Project. Donated to Charity

FORTUNE SMILES ON US by Cristina Pacciani

Three years ago, I launched The Arlecchino Project, a global art project aiming to connect all the pending threads from all over the world and to link people, creating a large work of art,  translating  the virtual world of social media into a real and tangible piece, possibly colorful, surely FELT.

The response from the world has been , so far, overwhelming. The project counts  more than 200 active participants , who took the trouble of selecting materials, put them in a box or envelop , go to the post office and mail them to me. Many added their stories about the special piece of fabric or the long kept fibers …..each one of them included their love and support. I FELT.it all.

I was left totally overwhelmed with joy and tried to express it in the work “Excess of joy ” , later donated to charity.

Since then, I have personally met  many many friends from all over the world, sometimes working together, sometimes exchanging techniques, sometimes over dinner, always with pleasure .Connecting, for real. Hearts were touched, love was shared, the passion for textile and color was the linking thread. Textures were added. The plot thickened, so many stories in each piece . Lots of rolling , lots of beautiful dawns and sunsets , felt, felt and more felt.

Arlecchino Project  Panels by Cristina Pacciani

Arlecchino Project Panels by Cristina Pacciani | Photo by: Maurizio Vinanti

The Arlecchino Project has been exhibited in Amsterdam, The Netherlands , in 2012 , then travelled around Europe. In 2013 it counted 15 colorful felt panels, each 10 meters long or more, and on the international women’s day March 8th it was exhibited in Florence, Italy, in a magnificent national monument, La Biblioteca del Palagio di parte guelfa. I was proud and felt every fiber of this magic happening.

After that , I must admit I thought nothing else could top the success of this project.
Total fulfillment can be deceiving, but was needed along with some rest.

The Arlecchino is flying high......at the Biblioteca del Palagio di Parte Guelfa in Florence, Italy | Photo by: Maurizio Vinanti

Also, my personal career has shifted , making hard to combine it all. Having an agent is going to hopefully bring a little more space. It is with renewed energy and great enthusiasm that I now say: let’s keep dreaming and make the dream come true.

I was reorganizing the storage and could not help but looking  at the pieces of the Arlecchino . I still cant believe it’s true. Each one of them is so powerful . When I look at them, I can almost feel each one of you , dear friends, and I remember each contribution, each jump of the heart…..everyday like Xmas and my birthday at the same time, the endless joy, surprise, magic….each piece of The Arlecchino Project reminds me of the magic of dreams. I think it is important to keep dreaming . So once more, please spread the world, share the story, be part of this big dream and join us.

ART PIECE sent in for project. Collaboration between Helen Hoelck, Valerie Weberpal, Harvest Moon Designs, Debbie Campbell and Kristi Felts.

ART PIECE sent in for project. Collaboration between Helen Hoelck, Valerie Weberpal, Harvest Moon Designs, Debbie Campbell and Kristi Felts.

 

Together we can make a difference, we can color the world, little by little, one panel at the time. Next stop….well, the sky is the limit but I do have a big wish for the next exhibit. More details soon, in the meantime…

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

DREAM BIG!   ~ Cristina Pacciani

Visit her online:  The Arlecchino Project   and CriCri Felt

International Day of Peace – The Peace Felt Project


Each year, the United Nations opens its regular meeting of the General Assembly by declaring the International Day of Peace.  It is a time for nations and their people to reflect on peace and its meaning.  The day will be commemorated with concerts, peaceful activities, festivals, and simple moments of silence. The UN encourages people to participate in practical acts of peace, so that the meaning is put into action.

Arts and culture are a powerful way of sending a message of peace throughout the world.  Living Felt encourages its followers to participate in Peace Felt. They’ll spotlight many friends’ creations with the hope that the collective desire for a peaceful existence really makes a difference in the way people move through the world. In this way, participants are publicaly displaying their willingness to actively participate in loving kindness and good will to all.

The mission is: “To promote peace and connectivity among nations, loving kindness among individuals, gratitude in our hearts and in our consciousness – knowing that WE create our world through our thoughts, words and actions.”

To, as Gandhi reminded us, ‘Be the change we wish to see in the world.

To promote awareness of the ancient art of felt making and the modern craft of needle felting for its qualities of being earth friendly, extremely versatile, and easy to learn!”

Tree of Life by Marie Spaulding

Living Felt founder, Marie Spaulding, is giving her friends and followers an opportunity to not only participate – this activity includes felting a peace product, plus giving and receiving from other participants around the world – but also receive a heartfelt work of art that is created from felt.  For those who are able, holding felting workshops is a great way to gather like-minded artists to collectively work towards peace.

Participants are matched with a receiving partner, and in this way, lasting friendships are created on an international scale. Painters, sculptors, mixed media artists, and weavers may consider incorporating felt into their forms of expression. It makes a beautiful statement about the blending of cultural differences, and the beauty that comes from it.

Currently, 20+ countries are participating in Peace Felt. The International Day of Peace will be commemorated on September 21, 2012.

This year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encourages nations, corporations, and individuals to focus on sustainability. Most conflicts in the world center on valuable natural resources like oil, diamonds, water, timber, and gold. By focusing on protecting the environment, and helping to rebuild war ravaged societies, the earth can begin to develop abundance for all.

Many of the felting projects will focus on sustainability and its importance to world peace. Living felt will feature works from participating artists leading up to International Day of Peace.

Registration is from August 1 – 31 of each year. People who wish to participate can sign up at http://peacefelt.org
JOIN IN THE CONVERSATION AND SEE WHAT OTHERS ARE CREATING HERE: Peace Felt on facebook

Peace Felt 2010

Peace Felt 2010 

Hello Felting Friends!

We are so pleased to announce the launch of PEACE FELT 2010 — … a project designed to bring people together through peace, unity and felt!

Help Create a Circle of Peace Felt Around the World in 2010
Create a work of art using handmade felt which symbolizes peace or unconditional love
to give to & receive from your peace partners somewhere else in the world!

The website is up www.peacefelt.org We will be working on the blog and potentially facebook as well.


The website has complete information as well as downloadable information and registration forms.
Please let us know if you have any questions, ideas, suggestions for this project, and we hope you will participate and help us Create a Circle of PEACE FELT Around the World in 2010!
Many Blessings,
Marie Spaulding