Today's Heartmade artist is special because it's a GROUP of artists and people who are working to make a better future for Houston's women. The Community Cloth is a microenterprise initiative empowering refugee women in Houston. It targets economic, educational and social goals through the provision of seed grants, training, and peer support, and by expanding market opportunities for refugee women artisans. It supports them in creating and selling handmade, indigenous arts and crafts such as woven scarves, knitted scarves, household items, children's hats, and more. Through producing and selling their wares, the women have an opportunity to express their culture and heritage, learn new skills that will assist them in transitioning to life in the US, and obtain much-needed supplemental income. All of the proceeds go directly to the artisans and the program. Most of the women involved to date are mothers; some are widows or are the only working member of their families.
What's your favorite thing about being an artist in Houston?
The love and support in Houston is real. We love partnering and collaborating with fellow Houstonians. We are so fortunate to have been included, supported and encouraged by customers, donors and community stakeholders. We have sold over $230,000 worth of handmade product where proceeds go directly to the refugee artisans and the program.
What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?
We have artisan training meetings on Sundays once a month. It is the easiest day to gather for the artisans. Family is home to help with childcare and transportation is a bit easier. Training Sundays are our favorite.
What's your favorite piece of public art in Houston?
Tolerance sculptures along Allen Parkway.
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