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  The Snowdrop logo


Carole Kane was the creative force behind an initative to turn the thousands of flowers left by people from far and near, in Omagh, in the days and weeks after the bombing of August 1998. With local people she turned the flowers into paper and then created distinctive works of art to commemorate each person who died in the bombing, and three larger pieces, one each for Omagh, Buncrana in Co. Donegal, and Madrid.

In association with Omagh District Council, this work is described in a book, 'Petals of Hope' by Carole Kane. Copies of the book can be obtained from Omagh District Council on +44 28 82 247831. Email enquiries can be made by contacting omagh.tic@btconnect.com. The Omagh District Council website provides more information on the Petals of Hope initiative, along with some pictures of the works that were created in the process www.omagh.gov.uk

When the Trustees were considering what logo should represent the new Northern Ireland Centre for Trauma & Transformation, they invited Carole to come up with a proposal that would reflect the process of triumphing over adversity, growth at a time when it is least expected, and the hope and experience of transformation. Carole chose the snowdrop, which has now become the symbol and logo of the Centre.

The Snowdrop: Carol Kane (1999)

 "It never ceases to amaze me how, at the right time, snowdrops appear one by one in my garden. There are many qualities within these little flowers, which have influenced the idea for the design of this logo. Their sense of hope despite the elements as they persevere in growth, by pressing through hard, cold ground is only one way in which these tiny delicate flowers fight for survival. Their size could suggest insignificance but their presence is always welcomed. Their beauty and individuality is as unique as a snowflake's.

Also within the design is a spiral, which to me suggests constant change and outward development. 

There have been times when I have felt as delicate as this snowdrop and when 'growing up' or moving on has been as big a task as cutting through hard ground. The hope of light has kept me focused to the point when I can breath freshness again.

It is my hope and prayer that you will be encouraged by this sense of hope and newness of life as you use the facilities at this Centre."

Carole Kane is originally from Portrush, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. She studied a Foundation Course in Art and Design at Newcastle College, Newcastle-upon Tyne in the north of England, graduated with an Honours Degree in Constructed Textiles from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, at University of Dundee, Scotland and completed a Post-graduate Certificate from the University of Ulster. She has been involved in lecturing at various levels in Further and Higher Education; together with developing a range of Community Art based projects. She is presently working as a Development Officer within the Creative Learning Team of the WEA (Workers' Educational Association). Carole lives in Portglenone, Co Antrim.

Carole Kane may be contacted at carolekane@studio62.fsnet.co.uk