new arrivals at uncovered artistry nonprofit boutique

I’ve got some excellent news! Uncovered Artistry— the nonprofit I founded with my sister five years ago that sells the work of domestic abuse survivors– has NEW ARRIVALS! They’re a while in the making, but I am so proud of the new styles we have up. Our products– all handmade items– are made by domestic abuse survivors… with the exception of these newest additions.

The new arrivals were actually made by volunteers at various events the Uncovered Artistry Project has hosted throughout the years. Participants made the designs using new and recycled jewelry pieces and graciously donated them to the online boutique. And now, I am very happy to say that many of them are up for sale online.

And keep your eye out…there’s more on the way, too!

UA New Arrivals Spring 2015 (3)Uncovered Artistry: Jewelry Handmade by Domestic Abuse Survivors #100DaysofMiaPrima Uncovered Artistry: Jewelry Handmade by Domestic Abuse Survivors #100DaysofMiaPrima Uncovered Artistry: Jewelry Handmade by Domestic Abuse Survivors #100DaysofMiaPrimaUA New Arrivals Spring 2015

So what is the Uncovered Artistry Project and boutique?

It started with a simple equation. 

Art + Entrepreneurship = Empowerment. Add a couple business-savvy ladies and a serendipitous grant from Projects for Peace, and you’ve got yourself Uncovered Artistry Boutique. We’re a little shop built on the belief that business fosters empowerment in all its flavors (financial, personal, emotional, et al.). Our little piece of this cyber world sells the creative work of domestic and sexual abuse survivors, individuals who, more than most, benefit from the uplifting effects of art and business. Our roots are planted deep in Midwest soil, yet our reach extends to all those with an Internet connection and a penchant for joyful shopping. Shop the boutique today.

Cheers!

Sarah

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camden passage, london

I’m always on the look out for great vintage finds for my vintage clothing and accessories shop, The Gibbson Girl, so “flea market” is usually one of the first things I Google when I’m planning a trip to a new city. In London, I discovered small but charming Camden Passage.

Despite a slow start to the day (most shops and stalls weren’t open until 11am and noon), my sister and I were able to discover some one-of-a-kind vintage finds, including a tiny Morris Mini Minor charm that I’m crazy about it! We also stopped in for some Kombucha tea at Appesat, and enjoyed the artistic and chic atmosphere. A few block aways, we found Fara Charity shop and Saint Espresso where a cup of filtered coffee provided a back drop for photographs of some of my day’s finds.

 Cheers!

Sarah

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vintage bangle // scotland // the gibbson girl

tot ziens!

Sarah

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the gibbson girl european photoshoot

Besides having twice as much fun, hanging out with my twin sister also gives me the opportunity to use her as my model for my vintage Etsy shop, The Gibbson Girl. Usually, I photograph myself wearing the vintage styles that I sell in the online shop, but the process is usually tedious and well, not super fun. But I love taking photos of my sister wearing the clothes. Recently, we decked her out in some of my favorite European vintage finds and conducted a photoshoot among the cobblestone streets and narrow canals of Den Bosch.

I think we got some pretty darn good shots! Now you’ll have to check to back soon for these pieces on the Etsy shop. 🙂

tot ziens!

Sarah

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vintage (scottish) bangles and beads

I am in love with the UK’s charity shops. Not only are they clean and well curated, they are also extremely common. In Glasgow, I spent a couple hours popping in and out of charity shops on the West End alone. Even in small northern England towns, I found them on nearly every block.
Scottish Vintage Jewelry #100DaysofMiaPrima Scottish Vintage Jewelry #100DaysofMiaPrima 2 Scottish Vintage Jewelry #100DaysofMiaPrima 4 Scottish Vintage Jewelry #100DaysofMiaPrima 5

I was also delighted to find quite a few excellent vintage jewelry finds at the charity shops. The vintage bangles in particular caught my eye and I bought more than a few for my vintage Etsy shop, The Gibbson Girl.

Keep an eye out for these finds in the shop soon!

Cheers,

Sarah

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hidden (vintage) treasures in europe

It feels like just yesterday that I opened my Etsy vintage clothing shop, The Gibbson Girl. But today, the shop boasts over fifty items for sale! And I haven’t stopped my search for unique vintage pieces while I’m in Europe. In fact, I’ve had some amazing opportunities to discover truly one-of-a-kind vintage items from unique locales. Here’s a sneak peek of what will be popping up on my shop from my European adventures:

Vintage Metal Cuff from Amsterdam #100DaysofMiaPrima

vintage metal cuff // amsterdam

Vintage Key Chains from Paris Flea Market #100DaysofMiaPrima

vintage key chains // paris

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flea market // paris

Amsterdam Flea Market #100DaysofMiaPrima

flea market // amsterdam

Vintage Cuff Bracelet from Paris Flea Market #100DaysofMiaPrimacolorful wooden cuff // paris

New items are added to the shop weekly, so be sure to check back often!

Cheers!

Sarah

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Well, not that much. But I do love this (Jonathan Johnson) ring I found at the IJ-Hallen flea market this weekend in Amsterdam.

Jonathan Johnson Ring, Amsterdam Flea Market

Jonathan Johnson Ring, Amsterdam Flea Market

More details (and photos!) to follow…

Tot ziens!

Sarah

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pearls, crystals, gems: handmade by abuse survivors

I spent one afternoon a couple weekends ago snapping shots of beautiful handmade jewelry for the nonprofit The Uncovered Artistry Project (i.e. the nonprofit I founded five years ago with my sister!). The nonprofit, which boasts an online boutique, sells the artisan work of domestic and sexual abuse survivors. Because we believe art and entrepreneurship are pretty darn empowering.

Below are some of my favorite shots of some of the stunning jewelry we are currently selling in the boutique.

Jewelry Handmade by Abuse Survivors: Uncovered Artistry #uncoveredartistrySwarovski pearl earrings…our bestseller

Jewelry Handmade by Abuse Survivors: Uncovered Artistry #uncoveredartistrySwarovski pearl drop necklace…this one always reminds me of Jane from Pride and Prejudice.

Jewelry Handmade by Abuse Survivors: Uncovered Artistry #uncoveredartistry

domestic violence awareness bracelet…my personal favorite- it’s such a pretty touch to every outfit!

Jewelry Handmade by Abuse Survivors: Uncovered Artistry #uncoveredartistry

true blue rhinestone earrings…are you feeling like royalty today?

Jewelry Handmade by Abuse Survivors: Uncovered Artistry #uncoveredartistry

Don’t forget to shop the boutique and support the nonprofit at uncoveredartistry.com.

Cheers!

Sarah

 

fork + spoon

+ a new tattoo

fork + spoon rings #miaprimacasa

{ring 1} apple orchard in Mt.Horeb, Wisconsin

{ring 2} Madison Farmer’s Market (the best in the world)

fork + spoon rings #miaprimacasaaudere" tattoo: "be bold" in Latin

“be bold”

 

 

Wearing Strength & Courage

For some reason, I don’t wear the jewelry we sell at Uncovered Artistry as much as you’d expect. Maybe it’s because I spend so much time photographing it, describing it, and otherwise trying to convince my family and friends to buy it, that I just sort of forget to don the pieces myself. But this week, I made an extra effort to pull out some of my favorite Uncovered Artistry pieces.

Handcrafted jewelry made by survivors of domestic and sexual abuse #uncoveredartistry uncovered artistry.com

The bright spring colors of this neon flower necklace made for a breath of fresh springtime spirit to my otherwise (still) sweater-filled outfits.

Handcrafted jewelry made by survivors of domestic and sexual abuse #uncoveredartistry uncovered artistry.comHandcrafted jewelry made by survivors of domestic and sexual abuse #uncoveredartistry uncovered artistry.com

And this purple ribbon bracelet, which I wore just about everyday this week, reminded me of the Uncovered Artistry Project and amazing women behind our jewelry every time I glanced at my watch. To me, wearing one of our pieces is like, in some small way, wearing the strength and courage of our artisans, who battled through (and survived fearlessly) domestic and sexual abuse.

That’s some pretty powerful jewelry.

Cheers!

Sarah

The Uncovered Artistry Project and boutique is a non-profit that sells the art of domestic and sexual abuse survivors. Learn more about us at our website: www.uncoveredartistry.com.