I am passionate about using art and creativity to make a difference.
The Canvas Peace Project
The Canvas Peace Project exhibits are a coalition of artists who paint about the beauty and plight of the women of Sudan and South Sudan. After traveling to South Sudan with my dear friend Gabriel Bol Deng, I was moved by the women of his village and the incredible courage and strength they exhibit. The Canvas Peace Project exhibits raise awareness of the history of genocide and the ongoing hardships in the region and raise money that supports organizations doing development work for women in South Sudan. Please visit www.canvaspeaceproject.org for more info.
Our Woven Community
In 2012 my passion for social causes veered me on a path back to graduate school. At The School of international Training in Brattleboro, Vermont I earned a professional certificate degree in Conflict Transformation and an MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, Management. Our Woven Community is a project I developed during my graduate work. This amazing group of refugee women who live in Bridgeport, CT have learned to sew. They now make amazing handbags, cosmetic bags, scarfs and pillows that weave the fabrics of our community and theirs together. No two items made by OWC women are alike. I will feature some in the eclectic shop. Every item you buy helps support the refugee woman who made it! OWC is a program of The Burroughs Community Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Mama Natalie Stencils
I met Mama Natalie during my coursework in Rwanda. I was so inspired by her hand batiked fabrics that I asked her if we could partner on some stencil designs. Now I created the Mama Natalie stencils. A set of 4 beautiful, African inspired designs that you can use for your own creation. 90% of the population in Rwanda sustains themselves on subsistence agriculture and 63% of the population lives on less that $1.25 a day. As a result it can be difficult for a developing artist like Mama Natalie to find a market for her work. The money from these stencils will help her to invest in marketing her business. All net profits go to Mama Natalie to help support her batiking business.