Rugs4Peace

This post is a continuation of my previous post about social awareness rug hooking.

This month I have been moved to become more and more aware of what is happening in our world. Normally my days go by with little thought of what is happening beyond my home and job. Because I do not live in poverty or a war zone, because I'm not homeless or facing torture or genocide, I'm not immediately attentive to the fact that there are too many people in our world who are living in hell because they have been ravished by war or are, even now, facing it daily.

I have been inspired this week too by President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize award. I know that the media is having a heyday trying to make his award a farce, but I'm not listening to them. I am listening to those other people in our world who felt it expedient to make this award at a time when it appears that Iran may have the capability for nuclear weapons, Iraq and Afghanistan are ravished with war and anarchy, Israel and Palestine have been exploding rockets across the wall that cuts through their neighborhoods, terrorists have brought down the twin towers, African countries have been facing genocide, etc. I can't imagine what it must be like trying to feed, cloth and educate my son Alexander and protect him if I were a woman living in Baghdad or a village in Afghanistan.

All these thoughts have converged on an idea. Rugs4Peace. I am inspired by the quilting community that came together and created the Aids Quilt which helped raise awareness for Aids during a troubled time. When I saw that quilt in a gymnasium years ago, I could not stop crying. It was one of the most moving pieces of art I have ever seen and it definitely gave the disease a human face.

Might we create a communal rug from individual rugs laid side-by-side and dedicated to world peace? Might we hook rugs to raise awareness about the victims of war and terrorism, and the terrible cost of war and terrorism in human lives? Might we hook rugs to inspire non-violent peaceful co-existence and tolerance of each other in our world?

Rugs4Peace only has a name right now. It is only a seed. If anyone in the rug hooking community would be interested in becoming involved in organizing such a communal project, please contact me either in the comments or by email (adeconick@rice.edu). If there is enough interest expressed, together we can get organized and put out a call for rugs.