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[ HAS HEART ] project preliminary discussions


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.