Banners of Hope

The “Banners of Hope” Charity Project was launched at the Craft and Hobby Association MEGA Conference & Trade Show (CHA 2014), held in January of this year in Anaheim California and a great example of the collaborative projects the CHA Designer Council supports and promotes.

This idea originally started with a brainstorming session between CHA Designer Members Lorine Mason and Elena Etcheverry, executive director of Charity Wings.  Lorine envisioned this as a perfect project for the newly formed Fabric Arts Council but the project quickly grew to include designers from many mediums.


“There are four key points to this project,” explains Lorine.” First, designer members created a fabric banner featuring the theme of hope. While the base of the banners will be created from fabric, designers were welcomed to use any craft materials to express their message.”

The second step of this project was the display on the MEGA Show floor. The booth was not just for showcasing,  it became a creative workshop when industry manufacturers donated supplies for visitors to participate in adding to the collection of hopeful messages.

After the show, the banners were donated to the Charity Wings Art Center ( for their outreach program.  The  Coast to Coast Creative Arts Conference and Scrapfest in Canada have added more banners from their own workshops. The banners are now ready to start travelling the countryside as exhibits for hospitals, shelters, veterans homes and kids’ venues to promote the healing art of crafting. To celebrate the collaborative achievements of Charity Wings Banners of Hope and official opening ceremony will be held at the San Diego Town Hall with their Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

The CHA Designer Council is the collective individual designer members. The Designer Council collaborates with manufacturers and mass media promote the growth of the crafting in its many forms. Some of the CHA Designer members who participated in the Banners for Hope include:

ImageLinda Hess  who says her design work has always revolved around Polymer Clay and the versatility of the medium.  The banner of hope gave me a chance to work with many favorite products and mediums and stretch my brain a bit in the process.
“Charity Wings” immediately brought to mind angel wings and butterfly wings.  As soon as that was in my head the wording popped in followed by other components.  It was great fun to work on and watch it develop.

Thanks to Polyform Products & Iris Weiss who have supported my designing attempts for more years than I can count.   This banner also incorporates products from Earth Safe Finishes (Fabric Medium), Pentel (Metallic Brush Markers), Toner Wire and Expo International (beaded trim).

ImageKeri Sallee told us that her piece became very personal. I wanted to create a piece that people could look at and have it speak to them…to tell them that it is okay to just take a minute, clear your mind and breathe. To let go for just a bit and take a moment to remind yourself that it will not always be this way and to have peace in the middle of the storm.

The banner is made painted on canvas with white and black acrylics and Tattered Angels Glams, Mists and Glazes.


ImageCindy Shepard’s theme for the banner of hope project spotlights the role friendship plays in giving hope, solace and joy to those most in need.

Cindy chose an intuitive painting style for the background using Golden paints, and added touches of collage and Sharpie paint markers to dress up the “friendship houses”.


ImageTiffany Windsor cut hundreds of small fabric strips and adhered them to the banner with Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Sheets to create a faux quilting effect for the background.

The birdies and lettering were applied with the same no-sew applique technique.

ImageRita Barakat used a variety of mediums in her banner of hope including Gelatos, Gesso, modeling paste, glitter paper, ribbon flowers.



These are just a few of the designer members participating in the Banners of Hope, we invite everyone to share their link to the other banners in the comments section at the bottom of this post.

The CHA Designer Section consist of members that bridge the gap between manufacturers and craft enthusiasts through professionalImage services designed to educate and inspire the public. Our slogan is ‘Creativity is our Business’.

The CHA Designer Section has an established leadership council, as well as section committee volunteers to support continuing education, networking opportunities, outreach to other CHA categories and support an environment conducive for the growth of the individual members within the section.

To connect with  CHA Designer Section Committee Members click here.



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