Jane B (knally) wrote,
Jane B
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Icons for National Quaker Week (Sep 22nd-30th)

Today is the start of National Quaker Week which is a campaign to inform people about Quakers, who are also known as the Society of Friends, or just Friends. It isn't an attempt to go out and recruit new members, although they'd obviously be welcome, but just to let people know who Quakers are. Here's a link you can follow to a site which tells you more about Quakers.

As part of the 'advertising' I thought I'd experiment with making some LJ icons. I've been trying to get more new experiences into my life recently, and as one of them I've been attempting to learn GIMP in order to manipulate graphics and specifically to make icons. I am hindered in this process by having the design ability of the Three Toed Sloth, and possibly colour dyslexia if such a thing exists.

Please follow the link below to see my first icons:



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These are based on one of the most well-known quotes by George Fox who is considered the founder of the Quakers:
"Walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one."

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Based on two more quotes:
"Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas;" by William Penn. Currently quite well-known since it's one of the quotes at the beginning of the last Harry Potter book.
"Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations, wherever you come, that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them;" by George Fox again. The background is from a reproduction of an Ackworth School sampler, these samplers used a medallion motif which was specific to that quaker school.

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This set are a play on words. The first couple highlight the practical side of the Society. Since there are no paid clergy all the running of the Society is done by the participants, which makes for a lot of meetings.
The next documents the four testimonies which are the particular values that Quakers find important, and which they try to live up to in their daily lives.
The last one is an attempt to capture pictorially the silent meeting for worship.

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A couple of Elizabeth Fry icons from the back of the fiver - one in the original colours and one converted to monochrome.

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And lastly a few variations on the theme of Meeting Houses.



If you would like to take and use any of these icons, please leave a message so I know they've been of interest to someone. If you like an icon but would like a variation (such as different colour or font) then also leave a message in the comments and I'll see what I can do.
Tags: icons, quakers
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