Volcano Relief

- HOW YOU CAN HELP -

This past week, we met with Irma (our fabulous tailor) to check in after our trip and to go over orders and plans for Casa Flor. We asked about her family and she told us about her cousins who were effected by the volcano.

They were living in San Miguel Los Lotes (https://wapo.st/2sOqnhC) which was one of the towns completely wiped out from the eruption. 11 family members made it out alive and 9 are living with Irma's Aunt in Cuidad Vieja, just 4 blocks from Irma's house.

Here are the 9 family members living with the 2 abuelos (Irma's Aunt + Uncle), the other two family members are currently in Guatemala City.

Grandparents: 
Joaquína (80 years) & Eustaquio (82 years) 
Their daughter: 
Cristina (53 years) Cristina was badly burned on her arms and legs by lava and is currently in a private hospital in Guatemala city. She lost her husband and two of her children in the eruption.
Cristina has 4 living children:
- Rudy (28 years)- Rudy is currently with his mom in the City, taking care of her while she's in the hospital.
- Norma (33 years)- Norma lost her two children in the eruption
- Magaly (20 years)- Magaly has a husband and 3 children (4 year old, 2 year old and 2 months old)
- Dina (31 years)- Dina has 2 children (11 year old, 14 year old)

On Saturday, we went to Walmart and bought the essentials (outlined below) but when we dropped off the supplies, we saw that it barely scratched the surface of their needs. As we talked with the family members, Irma’s sister, Alicia, beautifully said, “right now we’re hurting, but we’re here for each other and we’re not alone.” 

When we met the family on Saturday we asked what their most most immediate needs were and we've outline the items below:

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These are just the basics for the family, so that they can begin to heal and adjust to their new circumstance. Averie and I (Rachel) are extremely dedicated to this family. We are working on connecting them to local resources for jobs, rebuilding and long term solutions. But in the meantime we need your help to meet their needs and support them in any way possible.

If you feel moved to help, any donation is absolutely appreciated and every donation will go directly to the family.

You can donate via Paypal here: 

Creating beauty from waste // Scrap Collection 2017

When we first visited Creamos Futuros, we toured the project and heard the history of Safe Passage which led to the inception of Creamos. We passed through the different classrooms, jewelry shop, art therapy rooms and finally were lead to the back door which had an overview of the Guatemala City dump. The smell burnt our eyes and seeing the layers and layers of waste baking under the Guatemalan sun was overwhelming. But what kept catching our eye was the visible about of clothing scattered throughout the piles of trash. Americans will throw out about 81 pounds of clothing every year, which amounts to about 26 billion pounds of clothing every year will end up in landfills. This is a leading cause of why the apparel industry is the #1 polluter in the world.

 Photo Credit: Care + Co // Kelsey Rae Photography

Photo Credit: Care + Co // Kelsey Rae Photography

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After completing 2 large collections for Spring/Summer of this past year, we were overwhelmed with the amount of scraps of fabric we had left over. Usually these pieces would be thrown away, but we saw an opportunity to create something beautiful with the pieces of artisan-crafted fabrics. We are very excited to launch our scrap collection because it fulfills the three main pillars of our company:

Respect for the Makers
Our main priority is to pay dignified wages to the makers we work with in Guatemala. This year we focused strongly on developing our partnership with Creamos. Since our first meeting, Creamos has been a crucial part of Casa Flor. Averie serves as the coordinator of the sewing program and Rachel designs their jewelry and sewing products. The Scrap Collection provides two opportunities for the women who are a part of Creamos:

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1. Each purchase provides an opportunity for fairly paid work and to diversify the skill set of the women participating in the sewing program.

2. When you purchase the 1 for 1 Tote Bag, Casa Flor Designs will donate a tote bag full of fresh produce in partnership with Garden of Hope, to a woman participating in Creamos.

What we appreciate about Creamos, is that they have a holistic approach to assisting the women which goes beyond vocational training. Each week the women are invited to participate in a cooking class where they learn to make healthy, low budget meals for their families. With our 1 to 1 Tote Bag, we aim to support a healthy diet for the Women and their families!

Respect for Guatemala
Our partnership with Creamos hits a deeper mission than just vocational training for women. Not only do we want to honor the indigenous weavers of Guatemala, we also want to create an impact with the communities living in Zone 3 of Guatemala City. These communities are directly impacted by the pollution created by the fast fashion industry, and this collection represents our effort to reduce our waste as apparel producers.

Respect for the Customer
We saw an opportunity in our Scrap Collection to also provide a lower price item to all our customers who love our textiles and want to purchase ethically, no matter their personal budget. Our goal is to create ethical clothing that is more accessible to a larger customer base, which begins with this scrap collection. Also with the holiday season approaching we saw an opportunity to create gift options that go against the highly consumptive season. These gifts provide jobs and give back to the community of Zone 3. 

Shop our Scrap Collection now!

P I E A Z A S · G R Á F I C A S

Artwork and Writing by: Maria Jose Gomez
{In Spanish and English}

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· I L U S I Ó N ·

{Español}
Todo empieza por su nombre, Ilusión; una fantasía, una idea precisa de que todo estará bien. Y aun con la incertidumbre de no saber qué pasará después, ella aparece y no aflige. Con la sensación misma de la duda y la espera, de la imprecisión y la no nitidez, nace esta primera pieza, una que florece, que vive dentro de lo que parece estar sin vida, que resalta entre lo no preciso, entre lo que no se distingue. Y es que así es ella (Ilusión), desprovista de toda pretensión, llena de verdad y de vida. 

{English}
Everything starts with the name, Illusion; a fantasy, a distinct idea that everything will be fine. And even with the uncertainty of not knowing what will happen next, she appears and does not waver. Even with the feeling of doubt and expectation, imprecision and lack of definition, this first piece is born, one that blooms, that lives within what seems to be lifeless, that stands out between the imprecise and the undistinguished. And that is how Illusion is, devoid of all pretension, full of truth and life.

See more of Maria Jose's pieces on our instagram.