Accountability: FY 2020 Reflections 2.0

An odd little driftwood split-branch weaving with felted wool beads hanging from the arm of an old, weathered Adirondack chair

(The blog this post is in reference to can be found here, if you’re so inclined)

We’ve all been on this same pandemic rollercoaster together for over a year, at this point. India is in crisis, and the US has surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 related fatalities. Racial violence has rocked the world, hitting home for those of us in the US in a way that many of us have been blind to until fairly recently. Economic imbalance is pulling our communities apart at the seams.

Last August, I committed 10% of my small business income to BIPOC-run or BIPOC community supporting organizations. I had minimal income last year, and the impact I was able to make was smaller than I’d have liked, but I chose to donate to Stop AAPI Hate in honor of my dear friend, Thao Trang. The donation method I selected allowed me to double my impact through a donation match. So thank you all for enabling me to support this organization.

I committed to listening to BIPOC voices, and have expanded my podcast library to include artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds.

Today, I renew my commitments to continue learning, to seek out marginalized voices, to buy raw materials and other items from small, BIPOC led businesses, and women-owned businesses whenever possible. I commit to ensuring a diverse model pool for my wearable work.

But most of all, I thank you for your support, because I couldn’t do any of this without you.

I formally opened Mia's Handwovens to share weaving with the world in an accessible way.