Total loan: $5,000


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Berkeley, CA, United States / Arts

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A loan helped grow my business in an ethical and quality-driven manner. Most importantly, it will permit me to do what I love, work hard, and have the emotional reserves to live and parent fully.

Jess's story

I'm a textile artist, Mama, and Art Therapist. Two months ago, I made a big change in my life. I transitioned from a 15 year career working as a children's therapist for hospice to full time work on my handwoven textiles. The daughter to a mechanic and an artist, I was raised with a deep understanding and reverence for the power that lies within one's own hands. From a very young age, I found magic in making things. My other love -- helping people -- was discovered when I began volunteering as a candy striper in the local hospital. I found great joy in helping others. This intersection of making art and helping others led to my pursuing a graduate degree and career in Art Therapy. I spent one and a half decades working with kids and families impacted by illness and loss. After becoming a mother 5 years ago, I started to notice the emotional wear that working around death and dying had on my spirit. It started to deplete my energy, whereas for years, this work nurtured me. It was around the same time that I discovered weaving and used my work on my loom as a way to decompress and integrate the loss that I encountered through work on a daily basis. Weaving was the medicine I needed to cope with the huge changes that come with being a first time Mom while working an emotionally and spiritually demanding job. As my art business grew, I started to envision a new story for myself. A year ago, I made a vow to pursue my art full time and to honor MY heart. In my textile work, I carry the hearts and stories of many children whom I have supported over the years.