GET CREATIVE WITH TIRZAH
How Can You Use Your Artistic Abilities to Help Marginalized Women and Girls?
God has given each person their own unique combination of talents and passions. It is such a joy to see the creative ways God uses individuals to advocate for women and girls through Tirzah!
PAINTING • DESIGN • COOKIE DECORATING • WATERCOLOR • FILM • PHOTOGRAPHY • QUILTING • CARD MAKING
Minnemie saw a photo of three graduates of Tirzah's Burundi sewing program and just had to paint them!
A transplant from South Africa, Minnemie now lives in South Carolina with her husband and their six boys. She says, "I am Queen incognito living in a jungle of boys, books, captured snakes, tail-shedding lizards, random rusty treasures, and various dirt samples. My day job is very complicated and specialized indeed: I oversee the hunt for those unfortunate tailless lizards that make it into the house "by accident," I feed growling tummies, and I pour words of wisdom (or just words...) into those ears not stopped up with dirt."
When Minnemie was asked why she painted these graduates from the Burundi sewing program, she replied, "Well, I just had to paint them for they grabbed me as a beautiful, colorful trio exuding joy and representing a tender community. Isn't it amazing that all of this shone through their faces, their postures, their interaction with each other, their movements of excitement - without me knowing the details of their story? I guess it was ultimately the wonder and beauty of redemption, portrayed through them, that drew me in."
Carol Leiby traveled with Tirzah to Burundi and came back creatively inspired! Carol sewed these gorgeous note cards using material made in Burundi and sold them to raise funds for widows and orphans supported through Tirzah.
Caitlin used her graphic design skills to special graphics for Tirzah. Why does Caitlin volunteer her awesome graphic design skills?
"I volunteer with Tirzah because the women who drive this organization are so inspiring! I love seeing women all over the world plow through roadblocks, lead change, and model love in their communities. If my graphic design work can make their fight just a little bit easier or share their efforts with just a few more people, then my time has been well spent!"
Annie Calvano-Gaunder, a professional quilter, traveled to Burundi with Tirzah and had a blast training women in the sewing class in advanced quilt-making techniques. After Annie came home, she made these gorgeous placemats with African material in honor of her time with the women there.
David Frame, one of Tirzah's board members and a passionate advocate for women around the world, has volunteered his time to film, edit and produce several beautiful documentaries on Tirzah's work in Burundi and Kenya. View more at Tirzah's YouTube channel!
Winsome Zinkievich, an art student, was team photographer on a trip to Burundi and took beautiful portraits of the women in the program. She used these photos for an exhibit at her university to raise awareness. Winsome's portraits of the women in Tirzah's sewing program in Burundi were also used on the cover of Jane Crane's book, "Half a Piece of Cloth."
Kelly Sparks traveled with Tirzah to Burundi and was the team photographer. As a professional photographer, Kelly took lots of fantastic photos that we have since used on this website, on our Facebook page, and in our mailings.