In February 2018 I was the lucky second place winner of the Bookmark Raffle, conducted by the International Friends of Bookmarks (IFOB) for World Bookmark Day (WOBODA). I received many wonderful bookmarks, including these beautiful handmade bookmarks from the first place winner, Regina Mačiulytė of Vilnius, Lithuania. Thank you Regina!
I wanted to know more about these bookmarks and who made them so I contacted Regina. She told me it was a work colleague of her mother's (also called Regina), who had lovingly created these delightful bookmarks (and lots more of them). In her working life, the lady was a "kid's doctor" (Paediatrician) and Regina's mother an Allergist.
The lady was very sick with cancer at the time she made the bookmarks and expressed that while making them she didn't think or worry about her cancer at all. Her creativity enriched her and kept her mind off her illness. She made the bookmarks to gift to family members, friends and other people and this gave her much pleasure.
The bookmarks are made from colourful paper from various sources, hand cut with scissors into diverse patterns and glued on cardboard, some of it recycled cartons.
Regina and her mother have been receiving bookmarks from this lady for more then 14 years. Regina has around 80 many bookmarks from her, the earliest one having been made in 2004. Regina attributes her becoming a bookmark collector to this lady.
Regina has informed me that the creator of these bookmarks is still alive and is an active pensioner, including continuing to make and gift bookmarks. Long may it be so.
I feel blessed and honoured to have these very special and unique bookmarks in my collection.