This month our assignment for MATS (Make Art that Sells) Bootcamp was to design a teacup or mug with an image from Ellis Island. We are given trend boards with color themes, ideas to collect references and quotes. Have I mentioned how much I am loving Bootcamp? While looking through reference photos, I was inspired by the images of children who were sent to America during the World Wars. Parents sent Jewish children and others to try to get them away from the attacks in Europe. Some children went with siblings. Others traveled in large groups of other children. Just imagine for a moment, sending your child across the world. The trip on the ship was at least a week. Imagine being one of these children, just old enough to go off to school on their own and being sent across the sea. Some photos show children smiling from ear to ear. Others show somber faces. It was quite interesting. One photo that I know will stick in my heart for a long time showed three little ones maybe three years old. They were examining the tag around their necks. These were their id tags. They looked like cardboard tags, like Paddington's tag. My heart broke for these families. I created an image of a teacup and teapot set that stacks. It's meant to be a souvenir to remember these brave children of Ellis Island. I posted the image on this site, too.