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Improving Handmade Jewelry Production is the Maine Goal

One of things I find so rewarding about working with Made By Survivors is the opportunity to witness the many wonderful attributes of the human spirit.  Not only do I see unbelievable changes in the exploited women who create our handmade jewelry, but I get to see incredible acts of generosity from people who support [...]

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Reunited with Kolkata and Boisar: Milestones

I can only attempt describe how wonderful it is to be reunited with the survivors in our jewelry programs in both, Kolkata and Boisar, India. There is inspirational evolution with both the survivors, and, the program itself, and there are milestones being reached at both studio locations. It’s always such a pleasure for me to [...]

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Living in India: Working with Made By Survivors

In February 2009, my life changed forever.  After opening my small jewelry business,  I received an email from a old friend saying a not-for-profit organization whose work she followed on Facebook, was looking for a metalsmith to teach a metalsmithing class to survivors of human trafficking in Kolkata, India.  I contacted the organization, Made By [...]

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Teenagers are people, too.

The start of the Made By Survivors jewelry program at the Women’s Interlink Foundation’s Child Care Home (CCH), brought a small degree of anxiety for me with regards to teaching. I was a little concerned about the fragility of the slavery survivors and if they would like learning to metalsmith. After a week of being [...]

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In a Kolkata State of Mind

After 4 days in Kolkata I am already keeping time to a different tune. Kolkata’s music is almost deafening; like speed heavy metal; incessant honking as all vehicles from cars to rickshaws to bicycles have horns, Hindu temple bells, the security guard who announces his presence to all potential thugs at 2 a.m. Throw out [...]

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Metal Scrapbooking

One of the reasons I love jewelry is because I’m a sentimental. Jewelry is very often a sentimental gift or purchase and a journey around someone’s jewelry box will reveal all kinds of experiences. When I look around mine it is a trip down memory lane, a metal scrapbook, and although I don’t wear all [...]

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Dianna Badalament, Artisan Goldsmith

Growing up in Long Island, New York provided Dianna with the unique experience to be inspired by the bounties of nature and the bounties of an urban, cultural mecca. Beachcombing and making talismans from the ocean’s treasures are some of her earliest memories, as are thrill-seeking adventures to the various havens and haunts of New [...]

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