All We Are Saying: Be Part of the Blanket of Peace Project


Maybe I’m turning into a hippy as I age, but right on the heels of participating in 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion, I’ve found a group project to promote peace that I’ve decided to participate in. “All We Are Saying” is a British-based art project being organized by artist Barrie West. Collaborators are encouraged to make a block for the blanket using any textile form they like that promotes peace without focusing on political, religious, or nationalistic ideologies.

Since anything goes in terms of how you make the block — embroidered, beaded, quilted, hand-painted, knitted, or crocheted are all good — I’m not sure yet what exactly I am going to make for this project. I want it to have meaning for me with the hopes that, if it is something heartfelt, it will have meaning for others.

The deadline is September, so I can spend a little time playing with ideas before I get to work. I don’t want to wait too long to get started, though, or I might procrastinate to the point that I can’t follow through on my promise.

All the details about this project (size, deadline, where to send your piece) can be found here. If you decide to participate, please let me know in the comments.


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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

5 thoughts on “All We Are Saying: Be Part of the Blanket of Peace Project”

  1. Thank you very much for being part of this really exciting project, Kit! I am hoping that eventually besides the exhibition and blog for the ‘Blanket for Peace’, we may also set up a website which will show not only the blanket(s) but also the individual squares showing their image, who made them and where they’ve come from. I hope you don’t mind but I was going to ‘reblog’ your post – not done that before – could be quite exciting!! take care, Louise x

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    1. I’m excited to be doing this. I usually let this sort of opportunity pass by, but I really want to be part of this one. I hope I can help you find more people to participate! (and re-blog my post all you want 🙂 )


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