Tuesday, late afternoon I received a phone call from two very special friends down south. They wanted to know if I would do a project, it involved a 15 year old girl that has been in the news lately (I don't watch the news so I was not familiar with the story), my friend gave me a brief introduction and then told me he wanted a get well card, not just any get well card, the biggest card that I was capable of doing. Hmmmm. The girl is Malala Yousafzai, she is from Pakistan and she was targeted for execution by the taliban. She was shot in the head and neck while returning home from school on a bus. She was targeted for her outspoken beliefs that all women and girls have the right to an education. She survived the attempt, a part of her skull had to be removed so that her swelling brain would not be damaged. She is now recouperating in a British hospital, at some time she will go through reconstructive surgery and then extensive re-hab.
My friend told me not to decide immediately but to think on it and maybe do some research and we would talk on Wednesday. I was intrigued, I got to work and what an amazing story of this 15 year old. A child, not thinking about what her best friend is wearing to school tomorrow, or if someone likes her, or if she will get to a party next weekend. This child is trying to figure out how to get the women of her country educated (by the way the country of Pakistan is the 6th largest populated country on our planet), that is a lot of women.
The more I read, the closer I came to realizing, of course I would do this project, and so it is. I also thought it would be fun to document it from start to finish, that way my friends in Southern CA are able to see the progression for themselves. I would love for you to join me also, maybe some tips will be shared and always, always, I love your input.
So where do I start, well all good projects begin with shopping, don't they? Of course you have to have some notes, some color swatches, a few sketches to get you on the right track.
I have 7 pages of research, some color swatches and a couple of starter sketches done, so the work begins.
I will share tomorrow the size of the card, some of thoughts on how the card will be designed, some of the goodies in the bags, so I am off. Have a great day. Hugs