We Made This is a social enterprise that works with women who are newly resettled refugees in Denver to help them become skilled artisans. Through a three month training program, the women learn how to utilize a sewing machine to create a myriad of beautiful items. The items are sold for profit for the women, and at the end of the program they each receive their own sewing machine in order to continue their work. My contribution to the organization is to teach a weekly art class. The goals of this class are to provide a free-form creative space with no wrong answers, to challenge the women to learn and develop their own aesthetic styles, and to establish a safe space for risk-taking and inventive problem solving. We particularly focus on learning the printmaking methods of linocut and collagraph. I have also worked with the women on printmaking projects for special events and holidays, such as Christmas Ornaments and Valentine's Day cards. To see more of the women's work and to read their stories, visit: wemadethis.com.
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