I was honored to be asked to make small keepsakes for the four Japanese visitors who were here in Ashland, Oregon, for the 28th Annual Ashland Hiroshima-Nagasaki Vigil. Their connection to Ashland started in 2006, when the Rogue Valley Peace Choir traveled to Japan to sing in Hiroshima Peace Park August 6.
I was given the words that needed to be used and free reign with the design. The only constriction was that the keepsakes needed to be small and easily packed in luggage for the return flight to Japan. After several ideas ended up in the garbage, what I finally came up with was a watercolor with the “feel” of a sunflower (the symbol of a nuclear-free planet) made into an accordion book. I hand lettered each little book and covered the end pieces of each with a different paste paper that I had made. They are tied closed with yellow and orange ribbons and a sunflower charm. Each little book also included the name of the person who would be receiving it.
Peace to all, Candy