Sweet Water crew gets crafty

One afternoon, the Sweet Water staff decided to get crafty as we pulled together our top designers and developers to create our new art influence project in Gigante, set to begin next month.   Okay, so it was just US and Bootsie Boddington, a successful jewelry maker in Crested Butte, Colorado who collaborates with Red Bench designs(http://www.facebook.com/redbenchjewelry).

We spread out all of our fabulous jewelry supplies donated by Amanda and Joe Taylor of San Diego, California and set to work on our prototypes.  We plan to make a couple different styles of earrings that the local women can make easily as well as our new leather/feather head bands engineered by Bekah, our project manager.

Kevin shows off his first hand made pair of earrings

The idea is to hold a couple classes to teach the ladies how to make them, and then begin a regular scheduled “job” in which each woman gets paid for each piece she creates, depending on difficulty.   Eventually, the ladies will be able to work from home so they can still watch their kids and make money for the family.   We will then display their hand made work in the Sweet Water store, so travelers can take a little piece of Gigante home with them, while supporting the community.  Fun stuff!

Thanks to Bootsie for your advice and to Amanda and Joe for making it all possible.

Anyone with ideas or experience in making jewelry or crafts, we are open to your suggestions!  info@sweetwaterworld.org


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