By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
A little secret never hurt anybody. That’s what Eden Flora kept telling herself as she waited to tell people that her design was going to be the face of the 21st Double Decker Arts Festival. <>Flora admitted that it was tough to keep her everything under wraps, even for a few weeks.
“When you’re excited about something, sometimes you don’t think it’s happened until you have told somebody about it,” said Flora, who looks a lot younger than her age of 31. “I did tell my husband. I cheated there, but they told me I could. They said I could tell my family.”
Those that organize the annual festival did break the silence in January in that Eden’s name was circulated. But the actually look only became public this past Tuesday at the press conference held at Visit Oxford.
“I didn’t even have a picture of the artwork, so I’ve almost forgotten what it looked like,” Flora said before talking about the ceremony. “It was fun to see it celebrated. It was exciting and very professional. I am someone who prefers to be in the back, so it’s a lot for me to have my name mentioned in front of people and unveil the artwork. It’s important to be willing to be celebrated and celebrate with other people about your skills. It was fun to get to be a part of and see what a big deal Double Decker is. It’s more fun to be a part of it.”
The design that Flora went with will be made up several thousands T-shirts that are sold all through the festival. She was hoping that people enjoyed the colorful design.
“It’s fun that my personality is going to represent Oxford for this event,” she said. “I’m excited to share that with people and they will be able to take a little part of Double Decker with them by buying the various merchandise with this picture on it.”
Flora spends part of her working career as an art therapist. She also owns an art business and the logo was her idea of what Double Decker stands for to her.
“It represents Oxford and this creative environment that is here in this small town,” Flora said. “I’m new town having moved here from Boston in July. My husband has talked Oxford up for a long time. I think it’s great. It’s fun to live in this place that he has loved for so long. It’s exciting to move to a place and immediately get to use my gifts and celebrate the community.”
The art design was submitted through Visit Oxford’s website. Of course anything was possible, as long as the Double Decker bus was included.
“I thought about it for a few days and did a few sketches and this is what worked out,” Flora said. “I dropped it off here, and I waited about a month or two.”
And the rest, as they say, is now a part of history.