I try to think carefully about where I source my supplies.
The bronze disks I’m using has been sourced from a village in mexico. Laura has set up a community workshop to help the locals learn new skills and to be able to provide for their families. So the don’t become another illegal immigrant statistic to the US. Whilst researching for bronze I found Laura. And I’ve falling in love with the concept. Not only that, but Laura and the team go out of their way to help me out and even cut bronze and other materials specifically into shapes and designs for me. I’ve been so impressed with her professionalism and caring heart.
“Laura’s Jewelry Workshop is a small community workshop, deep in the heart of Mexico, focused on lifting women out of poverty. The workshop teaches jewelry making skills and sells the jewelry that is made by the students. The students are mentored by Laura and others until the student feels that she can offer her work for sale. All donations are reinvested into the workshop. This “teach a woman to fish” model can permanently lift whole communities from poverty, providing families with the resources and skills they need to be self sufficient.” More information can be found here: http://www.laurasjewelryworkshop.com/
You can also follow their story and techniques of how the work and learn new skills on their facebook page : HERE