Kelly Smith for Red Cross Japan appeal

I’ve long been a fan of Kelly Smith‘s elegant illustrations, but you can now call me a fan of the lady herself. Kelly is donating 50% of all proceeds from the sale of this ‘Sadako’ print to the Australian Red Cross’ Japan & Pacific Disaster Appeal.

This limited-edition print is based on the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl who developed leukemia after the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima.

There is an ancient legend in Japan, that if a person folds 1000 paper cranes, they are granted one wish. Sadako folded 644 before she died in 1955. Her family and friends folded the remaining 356 cranes, and buried them with her. The crane has since become a symbol of peace to the people of Japan, and a memorial statue of Sadako stands in the museum at Hiroshima.

Prints are USD$40 and can be purchased from Kelly’s Etsy shop.

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