• Wills Porter

The Meaning of the Leaf

Updated: Apr 13, 2021

When I decided to start this blog project, I wasn't sure if I wanted to create a logo. After some thought, I decided to create a logo. When I sat down to start brainstorming a logo design, I knew I wanted to incorporate an aspect of nature into my design. At first, I thought about using a mountain as my logo. I have hiked in the entire Georgia stretch of the Appalachian Trail and have also hiked up mountains in New Mexico. While I thought this would be a good idea, I thought I could do better. After scratching the mountain idea, I thought about using a tree. Ever since I was 7, I have been involved with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Camp Independence. Camp Independence is a camp for children and teens who have had or are awaiting a life-saving organ transplant. The logo for this amazing camp is a tree. While I thought this would be a fitting logo idea to use a different tree design for my logo, I wanted my logo to be original. After getting rid of the tree idea, I hit a road block. I didn’t know what to do. Finally, I settled on the leaf.

The leaf’s significance is rooted in Camp Independence tradition. Every year at Camp Independence, there is a memorial ceremony for campers and staff members who have passed away. The memorial service also honors those who were under the care of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s transplant department but were never able to come to camp. When this tradition started, a piece of felt would be cut in the shape of a blade of grass. When a fleet piece was cut, someone would write the name of the individual they wanted to honor . Over time, the tapestry grew so much that there was no longer room for grass. At this point, felt pieces were used to create a tree. Eventually, the felt tree grew larger in size. Over time branches were added until it came time to place leaves on the branches. I have personally placed 4 leaves on this tapestry. To me, the leaf symbolizes my organ donor and my three camp friends who I have lost throughout the years of came. I believe that the leaf is the best logo for my blog because it is a symbol of honor and remembrance of those who are no longer here.

For more information about camp independence, see the link below.

To hear the podcast about the meaning of the leaf and camp Independence see the link below.

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