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FROM JUNK TO JEWELRY
Rebel Nell is a social enterprise,
that exist in Detroit Michigan.
We exist to employ, educate and empower woman,
who are transition out of homeless shelter living.
And, how we do that is we make jewelry out of graffiti,
once it crumbles off the walls.
I was living in Detroit right next door to a well-known shelter.
And I felt this, this desire to do something for my neighbors.
What if we could provide an employment as well as all of the tools they need.
They don’t end up back in the shelter.
So with that, ok, let’s make a product that’s to trade-centric then we could sell.
And then one day, I just went for a morning run.
And I saw a small little piece of what looked like paper,
that had fallen on the ground.
然后我就想 哈 挺酷的 我想知道我能用这个做些什么
Then I thought, ah, that’s kind of cool. I wonder what we could do with this.
Dress the history.
Turning trash into something beautiful.
I compare it to my life.
At one point I feel like that graffiti that was lying on the ground.
I’ve been through so many dramatic situations.
And I’ve grown to something beautiful.
Never in million years I thought I will be making jewelry.
After the graffiti has fallen off the wall.
There has to be process to review all the different colors.
We cut out different shapes and sizes, or whatever sticks to us.
Because of my creative ability,
a lot of people are carrying around a small piece of my city.
I think Rebel Nell’s impact starts with the individual,
encouraging them to believe themselves again.
We actually graduate woman to jobs,
更贴切于她们的梦想 她们的视角 她们的生涯目标
that are more lined with their dreams, their visions, their career goals.
That’s really what inspired me to do it.
And these woman are my neighbors.
You know I believe that, you know rising tide rises all boats.
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