my irl friend rebekah is an incredible artist. her pottery alone is enough to earn her that title but recently, she has started a new line of upcycled handbags. everything about the handbag is recycled from plastic, junk mail and odd bits of wool yarn.
and if that's not enough of a reason to buy it, she is donately the money to heifer international. from her listing of soulful handbag:
"I do not live by clay alone. This line came out of a cold winter and frozen studio. So I have this idea that if I can make a line of purses 100% upcylced I can donate the profit to Heifer International. The money will go to buy livestock in a village where folks are starving and when their animals have babies they have to give the first generation to a neighbor in need a local food economy is born!!!! so all the elements os this beautiful and funky bag have come out of my recycling bin...And has these quotes from GI Gurgieff "If you help others you will be helped, perhaps tomorrow, perhaps in one hundred years, but you will be helped", Gandhi "If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to start with the children", Suzuki "In the beginners mind there are many possibilities. In the experts mind there are a few", John Wesley "Do all the good you can By all the means you can In all the places you can To all the people you can As long as you can, and the African Proverb "the world was not left to us by our parents, it was lent to us by our children"."
rebekah is such a beautiful soul. i am honored to know her and to be able to call her my friend. she and her family are the most gentle, beautiful people i have ever known.
she has incredible paintings as well. i hope she puts a few up for sale soon! in the meantime, scurry on over and check out her grumpy mugs, bowls, beautiful pregnant goddess mamas and handbags.