Sharables by Shara
I am always eager to introduce our readers to artists who support my cause: Helping victims of domestic violence, raising awareness and education so we can put an end to DV, and rallying community heroes to speak out against abuse and bullying. This month, I want to introduce you to Sharables by Shara. A small jewelry company based out of Arizona, run by a young mother who is also passionate about putting an end to domestic violence.
Shara contacted me and wanted to help our campaign by donating all the proceeds of her special edition 'Purple Reign' bracelet. The proceeds will go directly to victims in need of basic living supplies during their transition of escaping abusive homes and getting on their own feet. If you are in need of Christmas gifts for any of the women in your life, then I highly recommend checking out Shara's lovely jewelry which will also help someone survive domestic abuse. The jewelry can be custom ordered and is priced very affordably. Shara recommends using it to decorate as household accessories in addition to wearing them as jewelry. I asked Shara to share a little about why she wanted to help and also about her background as an artist and mother.
-What inspired or motivated you to contribute towards this particular cause and raise awareness about domestic violence and abuse?
I have seen the affects and damage that domestic violence and abuse can cause a person. There are so many different ways to help these victims. The Purple Reign Campaign stands out in my eyes because they go above and beyond basic fundraising. This campaign goes out on the streets and to events - to the people, face to face - to raise awareness that is needed in order to help these victims. You just can't ignore a Super Hero with a cause if you tried! They inspire me to use my art to help support the victims and to raise awareness.
-If you could share one message with your customers about domestic violence, what would that be?
Domestic violence can happen to anyone and in many different forms. Just because you cannot always see the bruises, does not mean that a person isn't experiencing domestic violence. Please do not be afraid to ask someone if they need help if you suspect they might be a victim. It might just save their life. Be bold, take a stand and pay attention to your loved ones.
-What is your jewelry making/art background and experience? What are your future goals in these areas?
Art has been my passion as long as I can remember. Drawing, painting, crafts, sewing, jewelry making, anything I can create using my hands is just my thing! I started making jewelry many years ago to give to others and have never stopped since. Just in the past year I have taken the steps to start selling my jewelry, it has been such a learning experience that I have grown from. I have also found that I can also help others through my business. In the future I hope to continue to take part in the PRC and other organizations that can change people's lives for the better.
-As a mom, how do you involve your children in your art, business, and causes that are important to you?
I am a mother of an eight year old boy and 4 year old girl, they are my life. Teaching my children the importance of art in their lives has been such a blessing. Leading by example, I strive to show them the importance of giving and helpful others by using the talents you have. I make jewelry because I love creating something that is going to bring pleasure to somebody else, it makes me happy to make others happy!
Please check her out her other beautiful bracelets and necklaces on her website. Consider making a purchase to support an artist, mother, small business, and victims of domestic violence.
T-shirts promoting The Purple Reign Campaign ~ 'Everyday Heroes Against Domestic Abuse' are currently unavailable but will be back online soon.
Proceeds benefit local organizations like Penny's Place or NW Family Life, a local non-profit organization that has been helping victims of domestic violence for almost 20 years. 1 out of every 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime - this could be your mom, brother, sister, cousin, close friends or other loved ones...anyone can be a victim!!
These are the only official Phoenix Jones, Purple Reign, and Rain City Superhero Movement merchandise out on the market. When you order a Purple Reign Campaign or Phoenix Jones & Purple Reign 'Everyday Heroes' T-shirt you will help make a difference in the life of someone who has been abused, please follow this link!
Phoenix and Purple rocking their t-shirts before hitting the streets of Seattle for patrol.
Image by Luke Molver, winner of the Phoenix Jones Everyday Heroes comic contest