Little News, Little Project and Bigger than Barbie

11 years ago

A Little News:

I received the following message from Carol Sauvion, Executive Director of the PBS program CRAFT IN AMERICA:

I saw a large number of bloggers writing about the program before it aired.   I'm certain that the ratings can and should be attributed to ALL the bloggers spreading the word.  Congrats to us all!! We made a difference, it was noticed, and we shall reap the reward: More Programs!  (though a thank you in the form of a complimentary DVD would have nice... I'll take more programs!)

A belated thank you for the wonderful coverage Craft InAmerica received May 29, 2007 on BlogHer. The responsefrom your readers must be considered when we look at the ratings for the series, which were excellent.  Over 2.3 million households tuned into the first airing of the series on May 30th!

On the strength of the ratings and because they had a very positive personal reaction to the first three episodes, two of our supporters have decided to support future programs.  This is especially good news because there is still so much of the story that remains to be told.

A Little Project:

Journal Pages

Shimelle found this charming journal project and fell in love: well known scrapper Maria Grace Abuzman created a simple journal for Two Peas In a Bucket. You download the PDF, bind, play and enjoy.  Maria Grace explained:

Have you ever felt that sometimes you just need a little kick to get your creative juices flowing? Maybe in the form of a little notebook you can keep with you on-the-go? Maybe a fun, color-filled notebook with thought-provoking yet very silly exercises to put all your thoughts in?...If you're looking for such a notebook, this this is the one for you.

I've downloaded my copy. Just need a little free time to put it together.

Something Big:

beaded doll

Finally, Art Tea Life writes about MonkeyBiz in South Africa. This is the story of how one woman created a business, Monkey Biz, which employs and empowers women living in poverty, with HIV, around Cape Town. These women are given beads, and asked to create beautiful beads dolls.  MonkeyBiz then buys back the beaded work and sells it through boutiques.  "Crabapple" bought some of the art, then reported (edited for formatting only):

And after I paid for my Lovely Things the young man asked if he could take my picture.What a puzzling request !It got kind of quiet in the room...Then he explained that they take a picture of each person with the artwork they buy. The picture goes back to the Artist so that they can see the full cycle of The Work They Do.  THAT made even me smile and pose for the camera unshy.

The artists and business owners have made a documentary about the project called:  Bigger than Barbie.

Photo credits: journal pages: Two Peas in a Bucket. Bigger Than Barbie: Bigger Than Barbie.

Debra Roby blogs her art at A Stitch in Time and her life at Deb's Daily Distractions .

"Craft in America", PBS, Maria Grace Abuzman, MonkeyBiz, "Bigger Than Barbie",

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