Keepsakes For The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Vigil

Here are the four little accordion books. Each book is covered with a different hand made paste paper. The charm on the ribbon wrapping each book is a tiny sunflower.

Here are the four little accordion books I made. Each book is covered with a different hand made paste paper. The charm on the ribbon wrapping each book is a tiny sunflower.

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.

This shows one of the accordion books open. Each book has a slightly different watercolor. The open book is approximately 3" tall and 22" wide.

This shows one of the accordion books open. Each book has a slightly different watercolor. Fully opened, the books are approximately 3″ tall and 22″ wide.

Here is a close up of one of the books.

A close-up of one of the books.

Wishing my little keepsakes safe travels to Japan.

Wishing my little keepsakes safe travels to Japan.

Here is a photo of the sunflowers floating down the creek at the end of the Vigil.

At the end of the vigil, we were all given the opportunity to release a sunflower into the creek .

Peace to all, Candy

 

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