Craft gives back: an auction for justice

Craft Gives Back artist grid
Back in June, I shared my thoughts about the values that guide MGG Studio . At its heart, MGG Studio is about beautiful things made in an ethical way, meaning that we not only honor the value of the planet but we honor the value of our fellow human beings.  

I'm so thrilled to share that, with my colleague and friend Jenny Fong (from Modern Shibori), I put these values into action with the Craft Gives Back Auction for Justice. Our goal with this auction was to shine a light on the work of local BIPOC artists and to raise money to give back to our local community via a non-profit called Planting Justice in Oakland. This amazing organization has built over 450 edible permaculture gardens in the San Francisco Bay Area, worked with five high schools to develop a food justice curriculum and created 40 green jobs in the food justice movement for folks transitioning from incarceration.
We had an amazing roster of artists that participated in the auction, including:
Lindsay Knox of Ladha jewelry
Fiber artist and author Windy Chien
Dominique Tutwiler of Oaksmith Furniture
Kristina McConnico of Lacson Ravello
Shujan Bertrand of Aplat
Cristina Guizar of Centinelle
Geanna Sieburger of GDS Cloth Goods
Melanie Abrantes of Melanie Abrantes Designs
Vanessa and Joshua of The Crafted Prints

We raised over $1000 in just three days! 100% of these funds were donated directly to Planting Justice. We were thrilled with the outcome and so pleased to see our auction featured on on Berkeleyside's blog as a Sit List weekend experience ,the Sustainable Fashion Alliance's social media feeds, and Bay Area Made
Jenny and I are already talking about our next fundraising endeavor. Stay tuned here and watch @craftgivesback for an announcement!

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