Thursday, November 20, 2014

Taking peace to a place of war

Fiona and I are in Ypre to attend the opening of the Pieces for Peace 14-18 Exhibition - we both have artists books in the exhibition.

I thought it might be a good thing to take a few small peace leaves with me to give to folk as a peace gesture. And I might also leave a few in random spots as Marry-Jane did with stones and shells on International Peace Day 2014.

So I stated with a handful of rather sad metal off cuts and cut and hammered them into leaf forms.

©2014 Barry Smith - A handful of peace potential
And after going through my fold forming leaf making process I have just over 20 small (7-9cm long) Peace Leaves to give away.

©2014 Barry Smith - Peace emerging
©2014 Barry Smith - Peace emerging  on my work scarred bench 
©2014 Barry Smith - Peace for sharing
I love the fact that the organisers of the exhibition decided to mark the 100 year anniversary of the atrocities in and around Ypre with a positive artistic event - I think it will be quite emotional.


  1. Congrats to you and Fiona for creating and getting accepted with your wonderful books... and what a great idea to take 'peace' leaves...

  2. lovely that you both will be there to represent and to share peace. i was a bit confused about what wat happening with you both, no matter, your are there, celebrating art, peace, remembering for peace, for all of our sakes.

  3. How perfect that you and Fiona are there - two people who just radiate peace. The leaves are wonderful gifts are are Fiona's peace gifts.

  4. Hi d, v and c - thanks for your positive peace filled comments. It was so good to be part of the exhibition which was an expression of peace; and so good to make connections withe fellow artists who have expressed their desire for peace. The peace leaves and Fiona's peace in the pocket books are great tangible links with those folk. Go well. Peace. B

  5. What a wonderful idea, Barry. Your peace leaves are drifting all over the world.

  6. Hi R - yes - I like the idea that these small fragments might be reminders for folk to have a thought for peace now and then. Go well. B


Comments are welcomed - it is good to connect with fellow travellers.