Sad Angel Piccinini is an Italian non-profit organization dedicated in helping children who have experienced sexual abuse, rape, or trafficking. The organization also aims to prevent violence against children through education, advocacy and providing practical solutions. The name Marzbuna is a variation of the term Marzbanie, which is another slang for sexual abuse. When translated to English, it literally means “joyous angel.”
According to Italian speaking websites, marzibuns are people who are sad while having fun. They get upset drawing funny faces and singing happy birthday music. This group of non-profit organization believed that innocent children were at risk for abuse and that by coloring their faces in different ways, they would be able to inform other kids about the dangers of violence.
The organization's activities mostly include a fund-raising campaign that runs in conjunction with the “gonzo foundation's” fundraising event. Its goal is to give kids hope by giving them a happy angel picture calendar featuring happy cartoon angels. The group's main goal was to provide education for the community and increase funds for community organizations. The so called “gonzo foundation” is run by the film director, Mario Moretti. The foundation gives $40 million dollars annually to charities, primarily to groups fighting poverty and hunger.
The sad angel picture calendar was launched during the First Sunday of Santeria, an ancient religious observance in Italy. The artist, Stefano Gabbana, conceptualized the event and has received numerous awards for his artistic talents. The Italian designer has designed several high profile Hollywood movies including the X-Men series and The Godfather. Gabbana has also received several honors for his design of the Virgin Mary jewelry line. Many people consider him to be a minimalist artist, best known for his visionary artwork and cutting edge style. Others praise his conceptual designs and his eye for color.
The “angel got upset drawing” project was born out of Stefano Gabbana's desire to create an affordable children's book based on the story of an angel who fell from heaven and the people's need to find her a new home. According to the artist, the angel got upset with humanity for its insensitivity toward her plight. She began to send down pictures from heaven of her beauty and misery. This journey became part of Gabbana's art career and has gone on to appear in galleries and advertising campaigns all over the world.
The “angel got upset drawing” calendar is a beautiful and unique children's book that tells the sad story of an angel who couldn't find a new home. It has a colorful border with beautiful watercolor renderings of houses and farm animals. The inside of each page features a different character telling us little stories about their lives. The book's layout features four panels that rotate. Each panel is split down the middle into four quadrants which contain different characters. We see the happy family of “Happy Harry” living in their house, “Mr. Squigly” with his pet rabbits, “Dora” with her dog, “Pip” with her cat, and lastly the sad figure of the angel.
Each quarter of a page revolves around one of the four elements of nature. On one of the quadrants of the cover we see the rainbow, water, the wind, and earth. The element of water represents spring, which is when new plants are growing and trees begin to burst open. Earth is symbolic of summer, which is when the fruits of our labor start to ripen and vegetables can be harvested. Wind symbolizes growth and a time when the leaves begin to change color. And finally the center of the cover is filled with “Glow” which is a symbol for friendship, joy, peace, and harmony.
As you can see the design and concept for this children's book is very well thought out. The colors work together in an intricate way that evokes images of happiness. I think this book is an example of a superb example of an artist creating something with his or her hands – something most people will never be able to do. If you enjoy happy, joyful pictures, then this book is definitely a must-read for your collection.