Oh, the time went by soooo quickly! I have a lot to tell you all about my trip to Bahia de Banderas, Mexico. Lot's of great, hopeful and inspring stories, and of course, some rantings of social injustices and the like....all which fuel the little Art and Philanthropy engine.
First, we'll start with the women's co-op. PEACE opened a retail store in Punta de Mita, where the co-op handicraft items are for sale to the tourist population. There was already a kiosk in the Puerto Vallarta airport, and let me tell you, I felt pretty special seeing my artwork images plastered all over the women's products in the international airport!
So, this is the shop, with all the great handcraft items make by Manos Unidas por la Mujer women's cooperative. A phenomenal group of women, to say the least.
Here are some recycled tote bags the ladies created using feed bags...and my Guadalupe and Sirena images.
Beautiful altars with my Milagros, and recycled newspaper baskets made by hand, of course.
The ladies even created baby bibs out of my designs. I was thoroughly impressed!
So, that was so great to see the development of the women's products and their overall organization. They have really come a long way! In the upcoming days, I will post about my experience seeing a Recycled Park first hand, the partnership Print Pattern Paper will be taking on with PEACE to implement the project and other tidbits of valuable info!!!