I thought I'd show you my progress (I've also been posting it to my blog). I too, decided to start with Peace. There were so many possibilities. I started by doodling in my notebook.
I liked the idea of the letter forms becoming birds...in some cases doves. I envision that in most of the designs, the birds will be doing something towards peace (symbolized by the Peace sign...which I always think of as a dove's foot). In the final format, I will write something active about Peace such as Aspiring towards Peace; Believing in Peace etc.
Since I do a lot of hand printing on fabric, I decided to turn the designs into block prints. I made enlarged tracings of my initial doodles and transferred them onto Speedball Speedy Carve blocks which I carved with a linoleum carving tool. I had some fun making textured and patterned backgrounds.
I had a lot of ideas for how I wanted to use the blocks and have finally found my way after testing them on a piece of color-washed fabric.
I may change the color of the fabric paint a bit and will add some spots of color with stitched details.
I'm not exactly sure of the format yet...but am thinking about a series of small Peace flags.