For those of you who follow me on social media will know, I have spent this last week joining in with the #amplifymelanatedvoices movement initiated by Jessica Wilson and Alishia McCullough on instagram. The cause was set up in order to 'mute' people of white privilege, and have them stop posting about themselves/their businesses, and only post information and resources regarding the BIPOC community and BIPOC in general. During this week I have been reading, watching, listening and talking with those around me on this issue, discussing the things I have learned. It truly has been an eye-opening experience, and is clearly only the beginning of a lifelong commitment of work towards an anti-racist future. As someone who is in a bi-racial relationship, and will hopefully one day bring children into this world who will also be a part of the BIPOC community, this work is incredibly important to me to continue, and to share with those around me. Now that the week is up, this is where the real work begins. A question I have been asking myself all week is 'How can I make Edie Rose Ashley an ally to BIPOC?'. Well, I'd like to show you how I am going to start taking action towards this moving forward.
Each month I am going to be choosing a different charity to focus on for the entirety of that month. Within that, I will be raising funds through online auctions where 100% of the money raised will be going to that chosen months organisation. I will also be choosing one item each month out of the Edie Rose Ashley shop to donate a percentage of sales to. This month (June 2020), I am choosing my naturally dyed ribbons. For every ribbon bundle sold, I will be donating 20% of the total cost to Black Minds Matter UK which is a charity based in the United Kingdom, and is focussed on providing black individuals and families with free mental health care. If you've been around here for a while, you may have seen me talk about the importance of mental health, and as someone who has had weekly psychotherapy for the last two and a half years, taking care of our mental health and spreading awareness is incredibly important to me.
I know you guys all love my naturally dyed ribbons, and they tend to sell out pretty quickly whenever I restock the shop, so I'm hoping that together we can help raise lots of money for this wonderfully important cause.
I'd also like to take this time to show you some of the new colours I have available that you won't have seen before too! I've finally been able to create some pale blue ribbons thanks to a new batch of pink hibiscus flower dye. Usually hibiscus dye gives me purple and grey tones - I have also created pale green shades from hibiscus too - but I never thought I'd get blue, as it can be quite a hard colour to achieve naturally.
I'm hoping to keep adding more and more colours to the shop over the course of this month, as I'd like us to raise as much money as possible! As I mentioned earlier, I will also be doing a painting auction where 100% of the bids received will go to Black Minds Matter UK, but more on that later.
Finally, I am hoping to use this month to continue spreading awareness and information of the BLM movement, especially mental health, and in doing so I will also be hosting guest speakers and interviews on this blog covering this topic later on in the month too. So stay tuned for that. In the mean time, please go and follow Black Minds Matter on instagram here, and if you'd like to make a donation to the charity directly, please click here.
If you would like to get involved, please don't hesitate to contact me, and hopefully we can work together supporting this issue.