I first found myself in Rwanda in 2007. It was a beautiful land rebuilding itself after unimaginable horrors. But all I could see was joy everywhere I turned. The people, the culture and the land opened my eyes to beauty I had never seen before in my life. And I could never get Rwanda off my mind.
Many prayers later (2009) I began working full time for an NGO in Rwanda advocating for children & families. Spending at least three months a year in Rwanda since that time, my heart and spirit soaked the country & culture into my soul forever.
My creative & artistic spirit started to soar through photography, art, and design. My eye was drawn to a strong neutral palette with pops of color. Best described, "Out of Africa" meets Bohemia.
And then one day in 2011 I met my friend, Abraham. We discussed design, art, culture and God. I knew we had a strong connection that would turn into a beautiful friendship. On my next trip he had made me the most gorgeous necklace from bone and brass. He intended me to take notice, and that I did. Our conversations began about a collaboration in the fall of 2012 and RwandaMade launched in the spring of 2014. My beautiful son arrived in between.
Together we collaborate on design & Abraham and his employees (& friends) hand-make unique pieces of jewelry and baskets in Rwanda from materials indigenous to Africa.
I also make photographs.
Everything you will find in this shop is a snapshot of my soul. There is a story behind each product and its name. As my Rwandan friends say as you enter their homes, churches, workshops and store fronts: YOU ARE WELCOME HERE.