The path of making, creating and handcrafting can be a tough one. Most of our artisans at Make Good hold down other jobs, making, creating and designing in their spare time. Others do this for a living. Both tend to be anything but easy paths. So we were inspired when coming across the story of Turquoise Mountain Arts. A collective of artisans working to revive the age-old, cultural practice of arts, crafts and making in Afghanistan, these Afghan artisans face hardship that's difficult for us to fully grasp.
This video tells the story of two of Afghanistan's most promising young jewelers, Storai and Saeeda, students of the Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul.
Founded by Turquoise Mountain, a charity focused on regenerating the Old City of Kabul and reviving the Afghan crafts industry, the Turquoise Mountain Institute provides students with an intensive three year training in jewelry making, woodworking, ceramics, miniature painting & calligraphy. Successful students graduate with an internationally recognized City & Guilds accreditation, and are given support to set up craft businesses of their own.
A friend of ours who works for surfwear brand Volcom gave us a heads-up on this very cool maker based in Orange County, RESQ/CO. The company, who handcrafts some of the coolest leashes and collars we've yet seen, was started by former Volcom Art Director Genny Davilia.
Having left the fast-paced life of the action sports industry after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Genny, with her trusty dog Moose by her side, got involved with animal rescue organizations. And in one of the more inspirational making-lemonade-when-life-gives-you-lemons stories we've heard, turned to her dog and good design—along with a desire for continued independence—to begin handcrafting these cool collars and leashes for dogs.
As our travels and connections take us out into the world further, we at Make Good continue to be inspired by stories of making that, well, remind us what it means to be more fully human. We've been gathering some good stories, and look forward to bringing more your way.
In the mean time, if you've got a dog or know someone who does, point your internet self to RESQ/CO and support the good work Genny is doing. We'll all be better for it.
We've got handcrafted holiday cards by Triona & Brianna, the girls from Columbus and TuTu and Alissa. We've got some cool handmade softies by Lizette and Valerie, and amazing hand-cut glassware by Kim & Maria, made from recycled craft beer bottles. And for the wine-drinkers in your life, check out the wine-stoppers made from reclaimed wood by David Atchison. This, and much more, now in store at Make Good. Stop in and say hello!
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