06 May 10

The Purse-onal Is Political

I’d intended to publish this on May 1st, but due to some still unfinished research, I hadn’t. Then, the gloriousness that is Anne Elizabeth Moore prodded me so I’m posting.

Thanks to the fantastic customers that I’m lucky to have here at Poise.cc, I am going to be able to make a donation to Harpswell Foundation in the amount of $100. My generous employer will be matching that to make it $200, and the even more generous Pritzkers will be matching that to make it $400. Based on the information available on their website, this means that my selling a handful of bags means that one woman in Cambodia has a year’s worth of tuition and a portion of her meals paid for.

I’m generally a pretty humble person and rarely pat myself on the back, but I gotta say that this is amazingly fantastic. And I do mean AMAZING. I get to do something I enjoy (making cool bags with pretty fabrics), other people find the things I make useful and attractive so they buy them, and in turn I get to donate money to an organization like Harpswell so they can have a marked influence on one person’s life. Who will have an influence on 4 people’s lives, who will have an influence on 4 people’s lives. You dig? That Pay It Forward theory seriously works, people.

So, craft matters people. Seriously. Craft is feminist. And if you don’t believe that craft can suck the verve out of the patriarchy stitch-by-stitch, then I dare you to go to a dormitory in Cambodia and tell that to a young woman next year.

And I haven’t announced my organization for May, because I haven’t found one. I want to donate money to an organization that will be assisting with the cleanup efforts in the Gulf area but haven’t found the one that I feel most connected to. If you have any suggestions, feel free to send them my way. If I don’t find an organization soon, then I’ll just make any May purchases benefit Harpswell. I will be announcing another organization for June. I’m pretty excited about them. I’ve wanted to give money to them for years and they’re excited to have me announce who they are. But May is up in the air for now.


  1. Love it. I give 10 % of all profits to www.kiva.org so that I too can help empower entrepreneurs in developing countries through poverty alleviation. We CAN make the world a better place, one person at a time.

    Fiona K (Feesk on etsy) on May 10, 05:38 pm

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