We are joyfully overwhelmed to see all the ways Pittsburghers are stepping up these days. “Look for the helpers” is a genuine local sentiment, and this city is chock full of helpers. We would like to showcase just 3 of the many incredible projects happening in our city. Monica and I have personal ties to these three, as their work is featured at love, Pittsburgh.
(mask)MAKERS PGH Nisha Blackwell (of Knotzland):
There are many ways to participate in making masks, and (mask)MAKERS PGH has been hard at work for weeks to help supply this crucial protective gear. We are thankful to learn of this alliance through Nisha, who helped to spearhead this effort early on. Find out how you can sign up to sew, help fund, or donate fabric, as i did last week to Firecracker. https://www.radianthall.org/maskmakerspgh
Protohaven PGH Shawn Currin (Glass etcher):
Shawn has faithfully etched our logo, shot, and pint glasses from the beginning, and has been an incredible partner to us. With 50 other people, he is also a founding member of Protohaven. They created a new design for a laser cut face shield and released it to the public. Now they are making those shields for PGH medical workers. Learn more how you can help support their efforts at https://www.protohaven.org/proto-shield
OAM project Tereneh Idia (of Idia Dega)
Tereneh creates figurative bridges in her art, often teaming with women across continents to collaborate. Now she is literally creating a Pittsburgh patchwork with her newly launched OAM: A Pittsburgh Community Fashion Project. She is asking for an approximate 4” x 4” piece of fabric to be included in her creation. Decorate, design, draw, embroider, crochet, knit, or simply cut a piece of fabric to submit your piece of Pittsburgh. More details on the OAM project can be found here: https://www.idiadega.com/oam-pgh.html