She stood at the kitchen counter, just a few years into life, her tiny fists clutching those buckets like her life depended on it. She dropped one pail and a boy almost twice her size snatched it up…Read More
For these Mosul kids, the world is a little more accessible. Before the war, it definitely wasn’t easy for those with mobility issues to easily get around. But under ISIS and the fall of Mosul in 2014, the lives of those with disabilities were deemed worthless, a burden to society…Read More
Darkness, holding toys close to his face, feeling his way around a room—this is Dilgash’s normal. Steadily fading eyesight hasn’t been easy, but he is used to it. In fact, he didn’t seem to realize it was unusual until his younger brother started school. Dilgash stayed home.Read More
Failure wasn’t an option for Hanaa. Even if she made mistakes along the way, her children needed clothes, and she needed to make them. She didn’t let the fear of failure stop her, not ever.Read More
Hiyam was expected to get married and stay home, but war changed everything. Growing up, her father did not allow her to work or attend college.
Her husband became disabled in war in 1996, unable to walk. He could no longer work. Hiyam took up seam-stressing, but when she had the chance to learn candle-making, she jumped at the opportunity.Read More
Suhad leads a pre-school for children and orphans in Fallujah. She's created a beautiful space where kids can be kids again and reimagine a future of hope and safety. On a wall of handprints, students write what they wish to be when they grow up. Some wish to be doctors and teachers. One student wishes "for all people to be good."Read More
When I asked what they hope most for Malak, grandma didn’t miss a beat: “Malak lost her parents. She doesn’t have older siblings to look after her. I won’t be around forever, after all. She’ll grow up someday. I hope to see her future secure.”Read More
The Blessing Shop. That’s what Sabeha named her store in Iraq. You see the sign as you approach the building:
The Blessing Shop: Clothes for Women and Children, Purses, Perfumes, Cosmetics, ShoesRead More
Marwa doesn't have much hope left for Syria, where she experienced loss after loss. She’s heard the first-hand horrors from her uncles and cousins, while bombs scattered the ground, they clung to hope in the basement of a Ghouta shelterRead More
Although ISIS took everything from Gozê and her sisters, forcing them to flee, they are more than refugees. They are more than what others have done to them. They deserve better than handouts…Read More
Dignity and Humanity are not a function of geography or nationality. And your worth is not based on where you breathe in this world. - Ann VoskampRead More
"No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark you only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well"…Read More
A few of the regular questions we receive regarding jewelry: 'how do I care for my handmade jewelry?', 'will it turn my skin?', and 'will my jewelry change color or darken?'.
We wanted to include the topic as a journal post, shedding light on the jewelry tarnish conundrum and make the easy solution accessible for everyone...Read More
[giveaway now closed] GUYS... We've teamed up with some of our favorite fellow artisans to give you one of the best giveaways of the year. All in celebration of The Art of Hair book, written + styled by hairstylist, Rubi Jones. Our Helios hairpins are both available along with other hair pins + hair combs by the talented designers: Tiro Tiro, Seaworthy and Katie Armour...Read More
We're so honored to have been curated by the Etsy team. Etsy recently interviewed us and featured our shop on the blog as one of their featured shops of the week. Talk about an exciting, yet humbling feature!
The ever talented photography duo, Brett + Jessica drove out to snap shots in the studio while we were working. Those two are so incredibly talented. Here's a few chosen for the feature...Read More
So many of you have asked us for a step by step, how to's and styling inspiration for our hair pins + hair sticks. So, here it is! A peek into how we love to wear hairpins and hair sticks. Form + function matter to us, we're utilitarians at heart so we're thrilled to have designed a small series that actually do what they're designed to do; hold your locks all day. For those of you with thick, long hair... this is for you too!Read More