Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Ojai Artisans Working to Establish Sister Co-op in Musoma, Tanzania

 Musoma, Tanzania is a city of over 100,000 and is wracked by ignorance, poverty, malnutrition and disease. Most people live on less than $2 a day and struggle to provide the next meal for their families.  Their  water comes from a contaminated lake as does the main industry, fish.  There are few paved roads and little electricity.  Women typically cook over a few pieces of charcoal if they can afford it.

     In March 2010, Ojai Artisan, Peggie Williamson visited Musoma and found  few working artists  and that many of the traditional arts are no longer practiced.  Williamson met  three basket makers  trying to support large extended families, and bought everything they had made.  There is no market for art in Musoma, due to the extreme poverty.   She presented their stories and baskets at the monthly meeting of Made in Ojai and the idea of a sister co-op was born.

    Ojai Artisans now support the basket makers by selling their work in the store.  If successful, the sister co-op will  include other artists in Musoma.  Not only will this make a transformative difference for  people who desperately need food, water and shelter,  but will help re-establish some lost arts.
      Stop by  Made in Ojai  at 323 E. Matilija  St. to see baskets from across the world and learn more about how you can participate in this new project.  Store hours are daily from 10:00 a.m.-6:00p.m.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mom's Day Felted Flowers

I just finished some of these fun, funky, bright and happy cards and placed them in the store. The flowers are pins that can be removed and worn on a lapel, sweater, hat, or anywhere your mom needs a bit of funk and fun.

Also available are some felt flower magnets to create a spring garden in your kitchen:


Lori Z

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Happy Birthday To Us!

Made In Ojai Artisans and Mercantile turns ONE! We had an awesome party with photos to prove it! Thanks to everyone who planned and schemed and thanks to everyone who came and made it a great party!


Richard Brown Jr. signs books!


Party People!

Mary Ann and Evergreen


Lori and Evergreen

Roberta and Fluffy

See you at the next party!