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  • Publisher: Thrums Books
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 18 September 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9780999051788
  • Stock: 27 in stock
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 205
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP Price: £24.99
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Rug Money


How a Group of Maya Women Changed Their Lives through Art and Innovation by Mary Anne Wise & Cheryl Conway-Daly

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Book Description

An motivational story of a rug-hooking artist cooperative in Guatemala, Rug Money will inspire textile enthusiasts, rug-hooking artists, teachers and designers.

Authors Mary Anne Wise and Cheryl Conway-Daly detail the creation and the triumph of Multicolores, a rug-hooking cooperative in Guatemala. Rug Hooking serves as a template for how to start a non-profit business while working hand in hand with traditional artisans in developing nations. Through a compelling narrative, the authors describe how they built a business framework from within the local culture and created successful teaching strategies that encouraged both artistic advancement as well as personal growth - all the while establishing and maintaining their enterprise as a force in the global marketplace.

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About Mary Anne Wise

Mary Anne Wise is a nationally recognised weaver, rug hooker, design teacher and curator. During multiple trips to Guatemala, she was moved by the relentless poverty and lack of opportunity for Maya women. In response, Mary Anne volunteered to teach a how-to rug-hooking workshop as a possible new income source for indigenous women. This single workshop eventually led to co-founding Multicolores, a non-profit rug-hooking cooperative in Guatemala.

About Cheryl Conway-Daly

Cheryl Conway-Daly spent nearly twenty years as an academic researcher at universities in Northern Ireland and England, focusing on economic development and gender and equality. Her interest in working with grassroots organisations that focused on women's empowerment prompted her departure from academia, leading her to Guatemala in 2009. Cheryl joined the rug-hooking project in 2013. Her ongoing commitment to helping the rug-hooking artists improve the quality of their lives and her skilled and creative management of the project have been crucial to its success.

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