Words from the Founder:
Metalsmiths for Change was created overnight, yet has always been a dream; a dream to see the masses acknowledging and taking action against the bias and racism aimed at the Black community. I want to sincerely thank the artists who dedicated time and materials to recognize and honor the precious Black lives lost to police brutality. The initiative it took to kick off the first set of Solidarity auctions in such a short time frame was remarkable, and I couldn't be more proud of these artists for joining forces to help benefit the Black community. The power of a creative collective is nothing less than extraordinary!
I'd like Metalsmiths for Change, LLC supporters to understand that this platform was truly created (by me) overnight and is a work in progress. Life has moved extremely fast since its existence in June of 2020. I have a entire life outside of Metalsmiths for Change, including a jewelry business, Solid Treasures, but I am devoted to this work alongside many artists who have expressed their equal devotion.
Last year, I was going through my own self-love journey of sorts, and I made pieces of solidarity to represent me & my community and scheduled to release them on June 1st. I never made many sales, so I had not thought to make a limit on how many made-to-orders I would offer. At max, I predicted I’d sell no more than around 7. After the brutal murder of Breonna Taylor & George Floyd, it caused the world to awaken a bit, and believe this is why I was able to sell over 500 BLM pins.
After receiving an overwhelming amount of support for my jewelry business, I received an equally overwhelming support from metalsmiths who offered their labor free of charge to help fulfil orders. Amazing, right? I wanted to turn the support I was receiving from metalsmiths into something that would help raise awareness through artwork, which is why I had artists create pieces with the names of Black people who were killed in the hands of police.
I hope my message gets across that while the name Metalsmiths for Change was clearly made to indicate how amazing the metalsmithing community is and how Metalsmiths for Change was founded, this platform was built through the passion I have for advocating for what I believe in. Assumptions have been increasingly stressful when folks do not understand that it is just me and a safe space where you'll see my thoughts when I feel driven to express them. The Black woman's voice is too often silenced about important societal issues, and I refuse to let that happen here because people misunderstand this platform.
Thank you for your understanding.
- Kendria -