Textile panels should be 30cm x 30 cm ( though if you are working with fabric, it’s best to start with a larger piece while you make it ). They can be made of any kind of textile. Any style or technique (embroidery, felting, appliqué , knitting etc) is OK as long as the panel is robust enough to fold up for posting, and to be hung up for display and taken down several times. It’s best to line it and to but not to add thick elements . Use of recycled or pre-used materials is strongly encouraged.
The written component should be short; 150 words maximum, but most contributions will be much briefer. It should say why the object/place/creature etc is precious, why it is endangered, and what you plan to do about it. You may want to go back to the three questions we started with, and do a bit more research , think, pray and/ or talk to people before you decide what to write. We will not publish names of panel makers, so you are the only person who knows what you say you will do – unless you tell others!
Please email an electronic version of the text and hi resolution image of each panel to us at firstname.lastname@example.org , to join online displays. Please include the name(s) of the maker(s), where they come from and contact details, including an email address – though these will not be published.)
Where to send your panels
During the shut-down due to COVID-19 , please keep your finished panels for the time being, but please email us (email@example.com) a good photo of each panel you make, together with a short text about it and your name and contact details. We will then be able to add panels to the gallery, and will contact you to tell you where to send your panel to join the travelling collection. This will change as the COVID situation évolues.
If you are on Facebook, you might like to post and share a photo of your panel on Facebook too.
If you would like to keep your panel to be part of a local display, at least initially, please send us photo and text to join the online display and tell us about your project.
What will happen next ?
The project is developing in a number of ways, including travelling displays and workshops in different places and via the internet and Facebook. What happens next depends largely on you. We are currently seeking a few volunteers to help develop the project and to offer workshops where requested, but local initiatives will be key. Please let us know if you’d like to put on a local display or workshops: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long term, it will be for the Loving Earth project to decide what to do with the panels, so they can be inspiration to others. They will not normally be returned to individual makers, unless specifically requested.