Maker Reflections

We are stories. We strongly believe in the power of personal storytelling.  Read our perspective of our work and share our stories far & wide...the world is waiting to hear.



Lodi - Project Coordinator (Arabic speaking)

All my life I have studied. The first thing I studied was engineering and then law and now language - Turkish and English. Being around English speakers I am able to practice my language, discuss ideas, and learn more words. Working with this project feels like living as a family, as part of the community center. It feels like we are all working for two families, one inside and one outside of our homes. We are able to meet people from other communities and we can learn from each other. In coordinating the group, first, I have to feel love for every woman and understand her, and have to have an open mind to learn and work with many people.

My dream for the future of this project is to be more organised, more like an official company. I dream that every woman in the team has some basic level of Turkish and English and that they all know more about each stage of the work... and I hope we have more customers!


Rose - The packaging’s calligraphy Artist & Maker

The most positive thing about the project is that I can explore making something; before I never imagined I can make something creative with my hands. We have to communicate a lot with each other to do the work, to make sure we know exactly what the order is and how we can make the earring well. When working together, communication and teamwork are key. We must love each other in this, to be producing good quality work. 

We hope that when we are more organised we can work better and this will mean we can get more income. This is my hope; to be a successful brand.


Doreen - Frame-making Expert & Quality Control

Reflecting on our development, the earrings we made on the first day were so different to the ones we make now. The styles have evolved and changed so much. We are more organised now. Before, we would make the earrings upon receiving each order and the customers would have to wait too long. Now we can send the orders on the same day that we get them. The work felt really hard at first, but now I can make the earrings really quickly and the designs are all within my ability, giving me space for creativity and to master the skill. 

I wish for the customers to know that the earrings are not easy to make. We need to use much energy and time and focus to finish each pair. It’s all by hand, our eyes, our concentration, and our love.