The AZTEC bangle by Jolita Jewellery. Need I say more?
I have never known what it means to experience rape, to be beaten, or abused and I am immensely thankful for this. But there are thousands, if not millions of women, who have survived this torture and abuse of their humanity right here in our own community, and all across the world.
I recently came across the experiences of a village of women in Kenya, who are part of a community called Umoja. They are Samburu women who have fled their homes because they were beaten, raped, or abused, and thus outcast. The village of Umoja is now a safe haven for women that wishes to uplift and empower anyone who seeks refuge. When I came across the stories of these women my heart cried deeply. I wanted to be able to do something to show solidarity and to bring hope, but I knew the least I could do is share their story.
Below you will find a video that better articulates the strength and experiences of the Samburu women along with ways to support their efforts such as buying a necklace, or downloading a song, and of course you too can share their story. We must care and we must speak out.
As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justive everywhere.”
A word from the artist, Izziyana Suhaimi: I am Endlessly curious. My work primarily involves the use of embroidery. I am interested in collapsing the boundaries between traditional and popular cultures and exploring the links that exist between these two. My work examines how this particular mishmash manifests itself in modern times, especially concerning modern youths. Preferring to work with craft-based techniques, I am attracted to the evidence of the hand and its time-consuming aspect, which runs counter to the instant gratification and mass-production centered age of today. My works have been exhibited in Singapore, the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan.
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Georgia O’keefe knew it. Now Natalia Grzybowski knows it too. Women are flowers both metaphorically and physically. Behold a collection of clothing that exudes beauty, a beauty that is both fragile and strong, and mesmerizing to say the least.Natalia uses digital prints to the same degree that Georgia mastered oil paints- in a fashion all her own.