I asked and we received! Below, Lori Anderson tells us about the jewelry she makes for special causes, how she got started and what it means to her. You can find the jewelry featured here in the "Awareness" section of her jewelry website, Lori Anderson Designs.
I started my awareness section with:
- ovarian cancer awareness jewelry (the teal color is the awareness color for this scary, silent cancer). I had been asked by the Central Maryland division of ovarian.org to participate in their annual event, Rejuvenate, and to make some special awareness jewelry for them. Later, I made combination ovarian/breast cancer bracelet and earrings because these two cancers often appear together.
|"Free Spirit" by Lori Anderson|
- From there, I was asked to participate with the Breast Cancer Survivor's Tea, which was an event held for breast cancer survivors who had participated in the Race for the Cure. I made jewelry for sale, but I also made jewelry for auction and giveaway.
- I started making diabetes awareness jewelry (gray is the ribbon color) because it runs in my family. I've found a lot of diabetics didn't even know they HAD a ribbon or a color for this disease, and some of my more glitzy and glamorous-style diabetes awareness jewelry has been popular with them.
- I have IH/Pseudotumor Cerebri, a debilitating condition that right now has no cure and presents with horrible migraines in the eyes, optic nerve damage, and possible blindness. The color for this is dark green and dark blue, and a couple of my best customers bought my first pieces in honor of me -- I can't tell you what that means to me.
- I make Pet Adoption Awareness jewelry (purple ribbon) because I volunteer at a shelter and have rescue kitties. I strongly believe in adopting cats and dogs and stopping puppy and kitty mills.
- Finally, I make Celiac Awareness bracelets (light green ribbon) because a friend of mine has a daughter with celiac disease.
I make awareness jewelry for causes I either am involved with or because friends of mine are directly affected. I also like to make awareness jewelry that doesn't look like what you normally see out in the marketplace. I like to use crystal, gemstones, handmade glass, and all kinds of different styles. My heart goes into each piece, and a lot of hope, too.____________________________________Our special thanks to Lori for sharing this entry with us, and for allowing us a closeup view of her lovely jewelry too!(Please note that the emphasis added with colors and bold lettering was added by me as I prepared the text for the blog.)I encourage anyone who would like to submit their own "CHALLENGE Response" on the topic of "Designing Jewelry for Special Audiences." There is still time to share your own projects, ideas, and/or questions on the topic prior to Sept. 28. Thanks to all who have already participated with special entries or comments! --Sharyl Sharyl's Jewelry