Would be nice if some students or participants in recent workshops would read this and get involved with us. Looks like fun.
We received an interesting email this morning from a group described below.
[HAS HEART] is a Michigan-based, registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2011 as “Fashion Has Heart” by 8-year U.S. Veteran, Michael Hyacinthe and artist/designer, Tyler Way. Originally united over a cup of coffee in 2010, they quickly discovered the disconnect between their two worlds.
They realized the power of the creative process once Michael met a local quadriplegic Marine who loved t-shirts and asked Tyler to co-create a design that shared his story. Since then, the HERO[series] has continued to pair Veterans with designers for the shared mission to tell their story through the mediums of art, design, and fashion.
Typically, they go through a local AIGA chapter, but there isn't one in Delaware. Actually, I think this might be the first time I've thought of that as a positive. Searching the web for a likely connection, they discovered Lead Graffiti. We only got our new website up about 2 weeks ago so it appears to be working just fine.
Once the 18-month journey is complete, the 50+ designs and their stories will be compiled and published into a coffee table book, curated into a traveling art museum exhibit, and produced into a collection of American-made consumer products whose proceeds will benefit the Veterans who co-designed them.
We readily agreed to be involved and it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.