I’m so excited to have worked with one of my favorite artists and friends, Justine of Justine Gilbuena! We each designed a stamp that will go in this kit. We named these stamps “Flowers from Home” as each flower has significance to Iran and the Philippines where our families are from.
When I think of Iranian flowers, I think of the Persian rose. It’s something found in many foods, sweets and even tea! I also think about the flowers we use at norouz: hyacinth, tulips and even snapdragons. The last one that came to mind immediately is the Persian Buttercup, which you probably know as ranunculus. Why then did I choose a honeysuckle you may ask? I asked my mom, what flower she felt embodied her childhood. She also said rose but then added that these were not readily available to everyone because they were expensive. She recounted how the more common flower from her childhood in Iran was the honeysuckle because they were more accessible and girls would often place them in their bras because they smelled so beautiful. Hook, line and sinker I was set on honeysuckles!
I chose the Makahiya plant (also known as Shy Plant, Sensitive Plant and scientifically known as Mimosa Pudica). It’s a common plant throughout the Philippines and with the slightest touch, the plant’s leaves fold inwards. As an introverted and shy person, this plant resonates with me and reminds me of visits back home.