I have a passion for people, their purpose and the planet. I believe we all have the capacity to be creative, and have a deep desire to make a positive impact. I know God has called me to use my creativity to inspire others, and do that in a sustainable way to help our beautiful planet and those who live in it.
After studying Textiles, an Art & Design BTEC and finally a contemporary Jewellery & Accessories degree at Middlesex University, where, during a work placement I spent 5 months in Tanzania at a craft centre for differently-abled people, I found myself working up the ranks of a very well known coffee chain (of course!).
Still, with a love for art and a deep desire to do good, my husband and I took a leap of faith, straight into the hot and humid hustle and bustle of Latin American. We landed in Ecuador as volunteers for Artizan International with the brief of setting up a craft-based social enterprise that would train and equip differently-abled people in papermaking, providing them a pathway out of poverty. Those two years were the closest I have been to doing my dream job, however, being a volunteer forever is not sustainable, so we handed the project over.
Whilst living in Ecuador we met Mariuxi, who, along with her family, runs a tagua workshop. Tagua is a nut, grown sustainably, on a certain type of palm tree in South America. It can be hand-carved and coloured to create beautiful jewellery and souvenirs. Business for Mariuxi and her family has fallen over the years, as tagua is still a relatively unknown material. I want you to discover for yourself the beauty of this natural and sustainable material whilst also supporting a wonderful family business.
My goal is to grow a sustainable business, support artisans in Ecuador and donate 10% of profits to charities in Ecuador who are doing amazing work for those in need.
Makers Market From Home has pushed me to continue to pursue my call to use my creativity to inspire others, knowing that we all have something beautiful to bring to the world.
Watch Lydia’s Midday Makers Interview here.
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