Felt Cloud Pillow Project
This little felt cloud pillow is a bit more than just that, it stands for something and I put a lot of thought and meaning behind it. I was inspired by nature for this little craft project and added details with stitching and small beads. I was also inspired by the recent Stoneman Marjory Douglas school shooting. As a teacher tragedies like this hit close to home and I try not to use The Art Dream as a platform to make a statement but this is different, these are our children and there’s a fear that this type of mass killing is beginning to happen more often than not. Being an artist also allows me to use my talents to create a meaningful message and show my support for the survivors making a difference.
I’ve also been telling my students to make art more meaningful, to think about the subjects, colors or patterns they choose. I want them to make art that reflects something important to them or that reflects their own personality in some way. Being able to make art is a very powerful tool when you want to share an opinion or turn your feelings and grief into an external reminder of what you believe in. So remember to make art with intention and passion, you’ll never know who you’ll inspire by doing so.
The storm cloud represents the turmoil and tragedy turned into a powerful force, one that will rain down and wash away old, dated views in hopes that new positive changes will come into effect. Each person killed is represented by a raindrop who’s deaths will not be in vain because I’m hopeful that laws will change to make us all safer! Over the past couple of months I’ve witnessed some of the most brave young people determined to make a difference, I commend them for their resilience and tenacity.
My cloud was actually pretty easy to make, I cut two pieces of felt exactly the same then stitched on all of my details with bakers twine to one piece of the felt. I then cut out the raindrops and stitched on some beads. I glued two raindrops together with the string in-between. I glued the top of the string to the inside of the cloud and then began to use a blanket stitch to seal up the cloud. Just before finishing the stitch I stuffed the pillow well with fiber fill and sealed it up.
Have fun making felt creations and be sure to make it meaningful too!
I'm John, an artist and art educator. The Art Dream is here to spark creativity and inspire the little artist inside of you!
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