Thursday, October 30, 2008

What Does Peace Look Like?


Everyone just wants a little peace, right? Moms want "peace and quiet." Dads want "peace of mind." Our little children want "peace on earth." Our big kids are "peace out."

Like me, on Sunday, you may offer a sign of peace with an out-reached hand and smiling eyes. Also like me, you may display a sign of peace for all to see.

I have a peace sign on the back window of my car. And I have a t-shirt with a simply stated peace sign on the front.

Recently I made a small "peace sign" collection. The first piece was for my son - a peace sign bracelet cuff - with "pax" (Latin for peace) and the peace kanji (Japanese symbol) stitched into the suede.

Here, I offer several options to help you express your interpretation of what peace looks like. Which one suits you best?

Elegant Peace Bracelet

Bulky Peace Cuff

Slick Peace Belt

Simple Peace Earrings

Wired Peace Earrings

Funky Peace Choker

Funky Peace Bracelet

LESSONS IN PEACE (from Wikipedia)

This forked symbol was adopted as its badge by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in Britain, and originally, its use was confined to supporters of that organization. It was later generalized to become an icon of the 1960s anti-war movement, and was also adopted by the counterculture of the time. It was designed and completed February 21, 1958 by Gerald Holtom, a commercial designer and artist in Britain. He had been commissioned by the CND to design a symbol for use at an Easter march to Canterbury Cathedral in protest against the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston in England.

The symbol itself is a combination of the semaphoric signals for the letters "N" and "D," standing for Nuclear Disarmament. In semaphore the letter "N" is formed by a person holding two flags in an upside-down "V," and the letter "D" is formed by holding one flag pointed straight up and the other pointed straight down. These two signals imposed over each other form the shape of the peace symbol. In the original design the lines widened at the edge of the circle.


Sid said...

I love all of them, esp the cuff and simple earrings.
Give it a chance - we need some today.

Hillbilly Artist - H. Hinkle said...

Great post... and wonderful peace favorite is the funky bracelet. Do you know about the Etsy PeaceNik Group? Would love to have you join us.... you can check out our blog here...

you can email me at if you are interested in joining.

Be the change you want to see in the world...Gandhi


Phyllis said...

Great idea - and really well executed. I especially like the cuff and belt.

jen said...

where did you find the first peace choker? it's what i've been looking for. (: