Yesterday, the same day the story in Cooking with Paula Deen hit the newsstand, I found studio neighbor Chicago Lost and Found's Mitch Pennell and a crew of stitchers and pinners hard at work on tree skirts, creating heirloom quality, incredibly cool holiday tree skirts. Proceeds of the $1,200 tree skirts (which doesn't nearly reflect the labor, quality and design work that goes into each hand sewn, individually designed skirt) go to support the mission of the non-profit organization Chicago Lost and Found:
Chicago Lost and Found is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creative transformation. We are committed to rescuing the discarded and unwanted. Through re-purposing, we create value which in turn provides creative opportunities to build and support the community.
There's just something so cool about their mission--recycling 'junk,' utilizing and supporting a working community of artist, and then using the proceeds to create creative and educational opportunities in the community. So every purchase is a contribution that supports the environment, the artist community and art education--a three way donation with every check. Way cool.
Below is the article (featuring my portrait of Mitch) in Cooking with Paula Deen. Pick one up to read more about Mitch and Chicago Lost and Found. Or click here to the website and information on how to order a tree skirt. Your tree will look awesome with a new skirt and you'll get a warm feeling from giving back to the community in such a unique way.