Join Us! Gallery Talk, Trunk Show, Reception & Refreshments
Sunday, October 13, 1pm
Miranda Talbott-Pope on Creando Mi Futuro (“Creating my Future”)
Starting a new life, fashion business and children’s non-profit in Guatemala…in her 70’s!
Meet Miranda Talbott-Pope, who retired in her 70’s to Guatemala and then proceeded to build a house, found a non-profit educating the poorest children in her town, and began designing fashion based on the beauty of handwoven Guatemalan fabrics. Miranda will be speaking on her fulfilling “retirement” in Guatemala, her education program in San Pedro la Laguna, and the inspiration of her clothing designs, a number of which will be available for purchase.
Atitlan Clothing Designs is unique handmade clothing made from recycled traditional Guatemalan fabric, with respect and admiration for the beauty of the material and expertise of its originator. The handmade fabric is purchased at a local market where women sell their skirts for extra income. This fabric is then crafted with an intention to keep the beauty and “ethnic” look, while adapting to modern needs. Three local tailors are employed – thus assisting their families (14 members) in this town of low employment.
All proceeds above these costs go to the Creando Mi Futuro (“Creating my Future”) children’s art, education and nutrition project in San Pedro la Laguna, Guatemala, run by Miranda. Her purpose for the project: “Art opens minds, good nutrition promotes better learning, and education creates vision and possibilities. These all come together in this program, which is improving the lives of 35 children in San Pedro la Laguna, Guatemala, enhancing their ability for a better life in their own country.”