One response to the terrorism which has become a fact of our lives is to promote peace. However, the concept of peace is not as straightforward as we might wish. Peace is understood and experienced differently by different cultures, nations and individuals. Political neutrality is a term used with nation-states but it's worth translating its principles to our personal lives. Respect, acceptance of diversity and trust are key to both political and personal neutrality.*
This rendition of the word peace represents the relationship of neutrality and peace. Each base design (see below) is on its own ground so the interaction and tiling effect between blocks is muted by the diversity of the backgrounds. The color scheme is unified but the use of gradients makes the color transitions unique. The variety of neutrals belies the idea that neutral means dull. In the same way, our diversity sets us apart but our shared humanity unifies us.
When this sketch was transformed into a scarf the surprising result was a subtle, multi colored beauty. I love the symbolism of this unexpected result: even when we try and keep the dynamic gray and tan, the luscious greens and warm browns and cornflower blues will out!