Following a transformative journey to Japan in 2017, I was left in turbulent thought after a visit to Hiroshima; a city of horrendous disaster having being destroyed by an atomic bomb during World War II on 6th August 1945. Although visiting the museum dedicated to the people and animals killed by the explosion left me deeply saddened, I spent a day in the beautiful Peace Memorial Park absorbing the energy of hope. Hope that another atrocity never occurs in the world and that all nuclear weapons are banned.
I was really struck by the feeling of peace. In the Memorial Park, the Children's Peace Monument captures a girl with outstretched arms holding a folded paper crane above her, depicting strength and freedom. Surrounding her are glass cabinets stuffed full of origami paper birds – thousands of them made in memory of the children who died. Thousands made by children around the world, who also hold onto that peace and hope for their future. The making of paper cranes originally came from Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who died from the radiation from the bomb. She believed if she made 1000 cranes, she would be cured.
On The International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day (21st September 2018), I launched my own mission to make 1000 unique origami birds of peace; with love in my heart for all those who suffered in Hiroshima, and hope for a future free from nuclear war. World Peace Day in 2018 celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70." The birds I create are an alternative design to the traditional Japanese origami cranes.
On completion of my #1000PeaceBirds project, a percentage of the sales from my limited lino printed series will be donated to CND - Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. 2018 saw the 60th anniversary of CND and I was honoured to stand next to the internationally recognised giant three-dimensional peace symbol which came to Norwich on 11th August.
Alongside my lino printed designs, you can see further Peace Birds I've folded by following my journey on Instagram, or viewing the latest birds at the bottom of this page. All birds are created using recycled or reused paper and vegan materials. If you are interested in buying a single Peace Bird or Peace Bird mobile (three small birds), please complete the form below.
Lino printed Peace Birds are also available for purchase from the SOAP at No. 29 stall on Norwich Market.
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If there is no peace in the minds of individuals, how can there be peace in the world? Make peace in your own mind first. - S. N. Goenka