Refugee Artisan Intiative @refugeesarts

Handmade goods and small sewing production runs by immigrant and refugee artisans.

Refugee Artisan Intiative photos and videos

2 days ago

Brittany and Mandy are at the Chomp! Sustainability festival at Marymoor today. Stop by and check out our in-house product made by our refugee and immigrant women until 3. There are a ton of other sustainably minded businesses selling their product and food, as well as great musical entertainment! #sustainablefashion #jewelry #sewngoods #smallbatch #refugeeswelcome

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4 days ago

We are honored to be invited to @kingcountychomp on Saturday August 17. We are a part of movement that the future of our product-driven world is to make new things from the old. The Upcycle Bazaar features the work of our local makers who upcycle materials to keep them in use as long as possible! That’s exactly what we do while providing jobs for refugee and immigrant women. #upcycled #upcycledfashion #bazzar #greenplanet #zerowaste

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5 days ago

Thank you volunteer Collette to help with cutting fabric on a hot summer day ready for our artisans to sew from home. #volunteer #important #getthejobdone #appreciation

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6 days ago

Training artisan Julie of Burma on new sewing project, so she can earn income working from home while taking care of her three children. #workfromhome #sewingproject #womenempowerment

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2 weeks ago

Artisan board at our new Makers Space where each artisan writes down the projects she has been working on in her native language. We celebrate diversity and talent from around the world! #artisan #projectboard #sewing #jewelrymaking #immigrantsmakeamericagreat #womenempowerment

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3 weeks ago

Teaching artisan Julie making new projects from new and old fabric while being followed by cameraman Jeff! #storytelling #cameraman #womenempowerment #zerowaste #upcycling

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4 weeks ago

We made this kitchen sewn collection all from fabric scraps would otherwise end up in landfills and @metmarket LOVE it. Now our artisans will be busy making them to be debut for the @metmarket fall kitchen sale # #event When job creation and sustainability can go together to fulfill our mission it’s a wonderful feeling! #zerowaste #handsewn #immigrants #refugees #artisans #fabric #sustainablefashion #missionaccomplished #kitchenaccessories #newcollection

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4 weeks ago

We are so lucky to have André as in intern for a couple weeks! André is a student at Seattle Central and is helping us create samples and cut fabric for our in-house line to be sold at @metmarket in the Fall. Thank you for all of your hard work André! #refugeeswelcome #sustainablefashion #sustainableart #nonprofit #madeinseattle #smallbatch #handmade

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4 weeks ago

This is this first time our artisans are able to meet and train together instead of training them individually at their homes. Our new makers space provides them nurturing environment to lean from each other and overcome social isolation common in new comers to our country. #makersmovement #makerspace #refugeeswelcome #immigrantsmakeamericagreat #jewelrymaking #training #womenhelpingwomen

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last month

Just put up first window sign at the new Makers Space: our mission is to transform the lives of refugee and immigrant women by providing sustainable employment in sewing and handcrafting products. #window #displaydesign #nonprofit #mission #makerspace #womenempowerment

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last month

‘I ❤️ TO SORT FABRIC’ Thank to our first ever volunteer Laura at our new makers space to get us organized! #sustainablefashion #upcycle #volunteer #appreciationpost #fabric #organized #repurpose #handmade #artisan #madeinseattle

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After months of planning including a setback with a minor flood and At Last...The key to Refugee Artisan Initiative Maker’s Space. HOORAY!! #grandopening #makersmovement #makerspace #makersgonnamake #training #sewing #jewelrymaking #smallbatch #ethicalfashion #refugeeswelcome #immigrantsmakeamericagreat

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Here is our sewing Project Coordinator, Brittany sorting through all of the incredible fabric we found at the CTA of Snohomish County’s annual fabric sale! All fabric will be upcycled into a line of homewares for @metmarket in the Sandpoint neighborhood. We can’t wait to show you what we come up with! #homedecor #localartisans #nonprofit #handmade #textiles #upcycle #sustainableliving

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These tool belts are made from @eileenfisherrenew garments by our artisan Julie, can be worn in kitchen, garden or workshop. They are multifunctional and gender neutral. Thank you @eileenfisherrenew for this opportunity to design sustainable ethical fashion. Soon they will be available on our website. #apron #toolbelt #upcycling #fabric #oneofakind #repurposed #handsewn #madeinseattle #genderneutral

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Thank you @eileenfisherrenew for inviting artisan Julie for in store sewing demonstration 1-3pm 6/22 and 6/23. We are debuting one-of-kind tool belts at the event as seen on the dress form. Come say ‘hi’ to Julie! #sewing #demonstration #artisan #totes #toolbelts #upcycling #circulareconomy #ethicalfashion #sustainability #sustainablefashion

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June 2019

Thank you @eileenfisherrenew for inviting artisan Julie to do sewing demonstration on Saturday 6/22 and Sunday 6/23 .yo can pick out fabric curt out from @eileenfisherrenew garment and have Julie make them into one-of-kind market tote. 10% of your purchase will be donated to @refugeesarts How cool you can support sustainable and ethical fashion all in one stop! #circulareconomy #sustainablefashion #upcycle #fabric #tote #ethicalfashion #artisan #sewimg #support #nonprofit #immigrantsmakeamericagreat #giveback

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June 2019

Emmy award-winning journalist and @king5seattle TV news anchor @lmatsukawa has spent a lifetime of giving back to Seattle community, Lori just retired from King5 after 36 years yesterday. We are very proud to honor her lifetime of community service and achievement with a special jewelry (Im )pressed collection made by our artisan Noi from Lori’s re-purposed clothing. These are limited-edition gold, silver and fabric lnecklaces. You have the opportunity to wear a fashion accessory that was once owned by Lori who has impressed the world with her service and achievement. Special thank to fiber artist @Wu lyastley for designing the origami shape to honor Lori’s Japanese American heritage and teaching Noi a new skill. Order link via bio. #necklace #handmadejewelry #fabric #journalist #handmade #impressed #jewelrymaking #limitededition #upcycled #dresses #womenempowerment #fairtrade

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June 2019

Hand written MAKER’S tags ready to welcome and celebrate makers at our ‘sold out’ Food and Fashion Makers Night event tonight! A few walk-ins are welcome! #makers #food #fashion #fundraiser #fashionshow #foodaroundtheworld #nonprofit #celebrate

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June 2019

Join us for our first Food and Fashion Makers Night, a fundraising event benefiting the immigrant and refugee communities that Food Innovation Network (FIN ) and Refugee Artisan Initiative (RAI ) serve on June 13. Enjoy small bites from cuisines from around the world made by entrepreneurs participating in FIN’s Food Business Incubator. Cuisines include Congolese, Nigerian, Kenyan, Kurdish, authentic Mexican and soul food. A fashion show will feature apparel, jewelry, and wares made by RAI’s artisans. Come and meet these incredible food and fashion makers! Ticket link in bio. #food #fashion #makers #fundraiser #nonprofit #foodaroundtheworld #fashionshow #refugeeswelcome #immigrantsmakeamericagreat

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June 2019

Thanks fiber artist @wylyastley on this beautiful Sunday to teach artisan Noi new fabric shaping technique while Noi’s children curiously looking on. We can’t for the final result to turn out!! #jewelrymaking #newskills #fiberart #demonstration #oneofakind #jewelry #workfromhome

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May 2019

When a stranger @dearsurvivor sent you this wonderful email and becomes your newest partner to provide unexpected jobs for our artisans, it feels like winning a lottery✨ #surprise #collaboration #jewelrymaking #workfromhome #refugeeswelcome #lotterywinner #businesspartner #socialentrepreneurship

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May 2019

Honored to be invited as a guest speaker to students at University of Washington Foster School of Business, on the journey of social entrepreneurship following by engaged Q&A session. One group of students came up afterward wanting to do a collaborative sewing project for their social impact project. #nonprofit #publicspeaking #socialentrepreneurship #collaboration

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May 2019

A day of deep dive into learning at WA #nonprofit #conference to be equipped with better tools, knowledge and skills to provide our program of job training and placement for our refugee artisans. #wsnc #WSNConf #philanthropy #fundraising #volunteerabroad #skillbuilding #capacitybuilding

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May 2019

Welcome @mojendyk as our Jewelry Project Coordinator. Mandy has MBA in sustainability, extensive experience in non-profits working with immigrants and refugees and jewelry design background. Our position is perfect match for her skills and passion in social justice. She is looking forward to training our artisans and creating new jewelry designs. #perfectmatch #socialjustice #jewelrydesigner #jewelrymaking #trainer #nonprofit #empoweringwomen #workfromhome #refugeeswelcome

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May 2019

Thank you notes all written and ready to be sent to over 40 donors for #givebig on May 8 2029, one day online donations to Seattle area non-profits. Our donor’s commitments empower refugee and immigrant women a pathway to become self sufficient artisans. #thankyou #gratitude #donations #nonprofit #capacitybuilding

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May 2019

On Mother’s Day we salute to our mom artisans. Thank you for taking on every new sometimes challenging projects while taking good care of your family. #mothersday #appreciation #workfromhome #refugeeswelcome #womenempowerment #gratitude

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May 2019

We are looking forward to working with @refugeewomensalliance to provide refugee and immigrant women with limited resources to become self sufficient artisans through training and job placement. #refugeeswelcome #workfromhome #sewing #jewelrymaking #fairtrade #partnership #nonprofit

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May 2019

So proud of Seattle as the forefront of sustainability and ethical manufacturing. Great panel discussion at @mohaiseattle We can be kind to Mother Earth by repurposing used fabric/ garment while creating fair manufacturing wages. This is exactly what we embrace! #circulareconomy #ethicalfashion #ethicalclothing #greenplanet #reuse #garment #sustainablefashion #madeinseattle #ecofriendly

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May 2019

Special thanks to @Raelene Judnich, @Ting Tong Chan, @Kiko Eisner-Waters, @Brittany Mehl, @Lisa Hanna and @Brittany Forney. These GiveBIG Ambassadors are helping Refugee Arts raise more funds and find new friends to support our efforts to raise $10,000 for our new “Maker’s Space”, a collaborative workplace where REFUGEE ARTS artisans, volunteers, and clients come together to create beautiful handcrafted products. Join our ambassadors and make your donation for Give Big today by click link on our bio! Thank you for your support! #GiveBig2019 #GiveBIG #GiveBIGWA #GiveBIGtoRAI #supportnonprofits #refugeeswelcome #socialentrepreneurship #handcrafted #employment #training

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May 2019

Today during GiveBIG, REFUGEE ARTS has Big News! We will be moving into a space of our very own! We are calling our new home our “Maker’s Space”, a collaborative workplace where REFUGEE ARTS artisans, volunteers, and clients come together to create beautiful handcrafted products. Our goal of $10,000 will support the move to the new space and secure needed equipment including industrial sewing machines, sergers, a large cutting table, and a jewelry making station. Special thanks to community partner @Wells Fargo who has provided gently used office furniture for this effort. Make your donation for GiveBIG 2019 today!Thank you for your support! #GiveBig2019 #GiveBIG #GiveBIGWA #GiveBIGtoRAI #nonprofit #fundraiser #socialentrepreneurship #sewingmachine #tools #training #support #artisan #newspace

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May 2019

When REFUGEE ARTS started two years ago, we had just two artisans and one jewelry line. As news of our mission spread, we cultivated new partnerships that enabled us to hire more artisans and expand our product lines. This year during Give Big on May 8, REFUGEE ARTS has Big News! In partnership with Children’s Home Society of Washington, we will be moving into a space of our very own! We are calling our new home our “Maker’s Space”, a collaborative workplace where REFUGEE ARTS artisans, volunteers, and clients come together to create beautiful handcrafted products. Your donation to Give Big will make a big impact, supporting Refugee Arts, donation link on bio. All donors on Give Big day will be invited to the grand opening of our new “Maker’s Space”, where they will receive a commemorative gift! #GiveBIGG2019 #GiveBIG #GiveBIGWA #GiveBIGtoRA #socialentrepreneurship #dreamcometrue #jewelrymaking #sewing #workspace #nonprofit #immigrantsmakeamericagreat

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