Meet the artisans who hand craft the jewlery, accessories and gifts sold in the Women's Craft Cooperative at Rosie's Place. Learn more about the WCC's 16-year history and how it has impacted the lives of women throughout the years.
Meet the Artisans
- Tracy - "I recognize that everyone has a story and that you have to give them the chance to tell it."
- Nancy - "I feel like I have grown so much as a person and learned so much as a designer."
- Frances - “Being here makes me want to do more and work harder.”
Sixteen years ago Rosie’s Place staff members Barbara Summers and Alev Danis had a vision to create a job training program where our guests could learn the skills needed to develop a positive self-image using arts and crafts. In fall of 1996 their vision became a reality, with the founding of Rosie’s Place’s Women’s Craft Cooperative (WCC) and their signature piece, the button brooch, was born.
The WCC began with a modest goal to create 200 button brooches. They debuted at the Rosie’s Place fall luncheon event and the crowd went wild for the pins created from one-of-a-kind buttons. Program Director Barbara Summers reflects, “Our appearance at the event was a great success, both financially and psychologically for the women. We knew we had a hit!”
The success of the WCC’s launch made an immediate impact on the crafters who worked there. They had found a secure, supportive work environment which allowed them to express their creativity. And seeing jewelry they had created being purchased and worn gave them a sense of pride and accomplishment they hadn’t felt in a long time. Former crafter Elizabeth once remarked “Being part of the WCC is great and has made me feel more worthwhile than I have felt in a long time. The sharing and inspiration and laughter as we create beautiful objects—and then watch other people buy and enjoy them - is wonderful!"
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