ban­ners of hope

Fab­ric Arts Coun­cil ini­tia­tive en­cour­ages crafters to cre­ate for a cause by mak­ing ban­ners that will give hope to chal­lenged pop­u­la­tions

Mollie Makes (US) - - INTRODUCING - Words: Kather­ine Steven­son

We all know the im­mense per­sonal joy and sat­is­fac­tion that comes from craft­ing, but our hand­made cre­ations can also lift the spir­its of folks we’ve never met, by en­liven­ing an en­vi­ron­ment with in­spi­ra­tional im­agery and mes­sages. That’s the aim of the Ban­ners of Hope project, the brain­child of Lorine Ma­son, co-chair of the Fab­ric Arts Coun­cil (a sub­set of the Craft and Hobby As­so­ci­a­tion) and Elena Etchev­erry, founder of the Char­ity Wings Art Cen­ter in San Mar­cos, CA.

The two women were in search of a project that would both pro­mote the fab­ric arts and en­cour­age com­mu­nity in­volve­ment around cre­ativ­ity. Ban­ners of Hope ac­com­plishes this by bring­ing to­gether in­di­vid­u­als and char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions to cre­ate fab­ric-based ban­ners to hang in shel­ters, hos­pi­tals, se­nior homes, and other such spa­ces, where their mes­sages of hope can reach the less for­tu­nate.

As Elena Etchev­erry says, “The Ban­ners of Hope Project is a great way for artists and the com­mu­nity to come to­gether to in­spire hope through art and cre­ativ­ity.” She adds, “The char­i­ties that came to the Char­ity Wings Art Cen­ter to cre­ate ban­ners were moved by the project and how it made them feel. Each per­son crafted a gift of art that is all about pos­i­tiv­ity and mak­ing people feel good, which in turn fu­els our own pos­i­tive en­ergy and gives us a break from what­ever trou­bles we may be fac­ing in the world.”

Since BOH first de­buted in Jan­uary 2014 at the CHA’s Mega Show in Ana­heim, CA, the pro­gram has quickly grown, at­tract­ing the in­ter­est of groups across North Amer­ica. The CHA/FAC makes it easy for groups to con­duct their own BOH events by pro­vid­ing tem­plates and guid­ance for event plan­ning, choos­ing a part­ner char­ity, rais­ing do­na­tions for ma­te­ri­als, event pro­mo­tion, etc.

As Lorine Ma­son states, “There are two goals for the BOH project, first to en­cour­age the pub­lic to de­velop or ex­pand their sewing skills

on a sim­ple, of­ten quick project, and sec­ond, and most im­por­tantly, to con­nect the sewing in­dus­try with the pub­lic in a mean­ing­ful way. You never know the im­pact of a pos­i­tive phrase or an up­lift­ing com­ment on some­one in a very del­i­cate state of mind or health.”

To learn more about or­ga­niz­ing a Ban­ners of Hope event, visit www.craftand­hobby.org/ BOH. Or par­tic­i­pate in the Mol­lie Makes USA Ban­ners of Hope Cre­ation Con­test! All ban­ner sub­mis­sions will be do­nated to Char­ity Wings Art Cen­ter, which is co­or­di­nat­ing a trav­el­ling ex­hibit of ban­ners to be dis­played at in­sti­tu­tions and pub­lic spa­ces across Cal­i­for­nia and even­tu­ally other states. The cre­ator of the best ban­ner will win a fab­u­lous prize! See the side­bar to the right for more info.

Mol­lie Makes craft edi­tor Jann Jones puts the fin­ish­ing touches on her Ban­ner.

The only re­quire­ment of a BOH is that the base be made of fab­ric, and that the fin­ished size mea­sures 8x12 inches. Be­yond that, it’s all about the maker’s imag­i­na­tion and per­sonal style.

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Lorine Ma­son (left) and Elena Etchev­erry at CHA’s 2014 Mega Show, where Ban­ners of Hope was launched.

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