Sunday, August 15, 2010

Artisans with Awareness: Uncovered Artistry

This is the first feature in a new series "Artisans with Awareness" featuring artisans that support awareness and/or causes by selling awareness items or donating a portion of their sales.  If you would like to be featured, please send me a 2 to 3 sentence bio and I will send you the interview questions.

Uncovered Artistry is a new online store started by Angie and Sarah that sells the work of domestic abuse survivors. This is their story:

Sarah and AngieUncovered Artistry Boutique started with one idea in mind: Peace.

During our winter break between the first and second semesters of our sophomore year of college, Sarah and I heard about an organization called Projects for Peace, which gave grants to college students to create peace-promoting projects. We began throwing around ideas for a project that would promote peace and in some capacity we wanted to empower women.
We knew how to make jewelry and we knew how to sell online. About a year prior, we had begun a small online Etsy store, selling jewelry and hairpieces. We decided to start an online boutique that sold the work of disadvantaged American women.

We discussed the subject with friends and family trying to decide who to help and how to help them. A professor at our college suggested that we help domestic abuse victims. Sarah and I knew very little about domestic abuse, but once we did our research we realized how many Americans were affected. 

According to the American Bar Association, approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States. Survivors often have to leave their homes and possessions to escape from a violent partner. They often feel worthless and insecure because of the verbal abuse of someone who claims to love them.
Yarn Hairpiece sold by artisan Nigatsubebe
Yarn Hairpiece

Domestic abuse is a problem that needs to be exposed, while its victims need to be empowered. 

Uncovered Artistry Boutique sells the work of domestic abuse survivors of all genders, races, nationalities, and incomes. We strive to help domestic abuse survivors discover their "inner entrepreneur," empowering them both emotionally and financially. From this, we hope to promote peace in the lives of the artisans and our customers.

Today, Sarah and I hold meetings at our dining room table, enlist our little sisters as volunteers, and draft marketing campaigns while driving to work. Hopefully, we are making a difference in the lives of our artisans and in turn our customers, who can feel confident that their purchases have helped spread peace in America.

You can support Uncovered Artistry by following these links:
Uncovered Artistry
Shop Here

Yarn Hairpiece is sold by artisan Nigatsubebe.  You can see more of Nigatsubebe's work here:

"Healing" is a sculpture by Etsy artist The Midnight Orange.
You can see more of The Midnight Orange's work here:
and in her Etsy Shop The Midnight Orange

1 comment:

Uncovered Artistry Boutique said...

Thanks so much! This is wonderful :)