I’m loving the butterflies that are everywhere right now – on stationery, patterned paper, stamps, embellishments, and even home décor items.
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symbolic of transformation, renewal, happiness, hope, and freedom. And they are
also the subject of an upcoming exhibition at the Holocaust Museum in Houston, called The Butterfly Project.
In memory of the 1,500,000 children who perished in the Holocaust, the museum is trying to collect 1,500,000 handmade butterflies by June 30, 2011. So far, they have 400,000.
The theme of The Butterfly Project comes from the book, I Never Saw Another Butterfly – a chilling collection of poems, prose, and artwork done by the children of the Terezin ghetto concentration camp from 1942 – 1944. It has also been made into a play of the same name, in which Kendra had the honor of playing Raja last year at school.
I love crafting, I love butterflies, and I love the idea of The Butterfly Project, so I am planning on doing some butterfly-themed crafts with my kiddos during the remainder of the summer – ideally, we hope to each make one butterfly a day for the month of August (give or take a day here and there), and ship them all off to Houston when school starts. It’s a great way to experiment with a bunch of different craft techniques and make a difference with art at the same time.
If you want to contribute to The Butterfly Project, you can find more info here.