My latest Banner of Hope banner sample.
The Banners of Hope project I am working on for the upcoming Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) trade show in Anaheim January 2014 has taken on a life of it’s own. I believe I mentioned joining the Fabric Arts Council of CHA this past July. Well that first meeting set me on a journey that will take me well into 2014. At that meeting we discussed the possibility of sponsoring an event that would provide excitement, education and marketing potential for the fabric arts and our fellow CHA members. We knew we needed to be inclusive as fabric art is one medium mixed into the melting pot of all things crafty. Getting started was easy….we decided we would feature fabric as the base for crafting projects. The project/event was the next item on the agenda. What would or could we do with only months to plan and execute such as event?
I had a meeting with Elena Etcheverry from Charity Wings at CHA Summer 2013 as I had wanted to do something with her at the brand new Charity Wings Art Center in San Diego. I believe it is a worthwhile enterprise and hoped to teach a class or help at an event while I was in California for CHA 2014. It was at that meeting that we first discussed working together with the Fabric Arts Council. I left the trade show and we reconnected a few weeks later. It was Elena that first brought up the concept of Tibetan Prayer Flags and that was all it took. After doing some research, writing up a proposal, attending numerous council meetings and making multiple changes to the original proposal we had Banners of Hope.
I have never been involved in something so big. It is honestly overwhelming at times as I feel such a huge responsibility to make this work. Luckily I have some wonderful people working right alongside me and it will in the end come together and the good thing is every change that has happened thus far has made the project bigger and even better.
Stay tuned as I am sure there will be more to talk about as my Banners of Hope journey continues.