All posts tagged: TRAFFICKED Designs

Freedom Keys, Dottie Laster

Keys to Freedom Art Projects Benefit Human Trafficking Victims

Finding exceptional ways for funding the aftercare of victims of human trafficking can be challenging. The aftercare needs of survivors are quite extensive and include physical, mental, and emotional assistance, sometimes for several years. Dottie Laster created TRAFFICKED Designs a few years ago, a company which teaches survivors how to make jewelry pieces which they design, make and sell for profit. Using acquired skills of the survivors to design and create jewelry, art, and other products, the company assists rescued victims to better assimilate back into society by learning skills to re-enter the job market successfully. Laster recently added a new product line to TRAFFICKED Designs, her original paintings and prints. The “Keys to Freedom” collection uses the theme for the visualization of those who are unlocking the keys to bondage and setting those ensnared in trafficking on their way to freedom. Laster’s first original painting sold promptly leading her to see there was a market for her works. She has since made prints and other products available using the designs from her original paintings. Using mixed media and …

TRAFFICKED Designs, Dottie Laster, jewelry workshop

TRAFFICKED Designs: Company Created to Employ Survivors of Human Trafficking

TRAFFICKED Designs is a New Braunfels, Texas start up company founded by Dottie Laster to employ survivors of human trafficking. Laster has been involved in the rescue and restoration of hundreds of victims across the country, and through the Bernardo Kohler Center she is accredited to practice immigration law. Using acquired skills of the survivors to design and create jewelry, art and other products, the company assists rescued victims to better assimilate back into society by learning skills to re-enter the job market successfully. The difficulty for victims needing a fresh start lies in a job market where background and credit checks limit the availability of meaningful employment. Resources for rescued victims are inadequate throughout the United States, clearly an area of need among every community whose budgets are at a minimum. Trafficking victims must have specialized care, safety from the traffickers, mental health treatment, and basics like food and shelter; then they need to be able to join the workforce and become self-sufficient. “SOS: Save One Soul” by TRAFFICKED Designs TRAFFICKED Designs introduced a line of handmade jewelry …

TRAFFICKED Designs, Dottie Laster, jewelry workshop

TRAFFICKED Designs Jewelry Workshop May 19

NEW DESIGN by Lynda Medore and TRAFFICKED DESIGNS MAKE ONE, DONATE ONE   Another great design by Lynda Medore for TRAFFICKED Designs! On Monday, May 5th, class #1 will begin a copper and sterling silver chain for a heart pendant which will be completed at class #2 on Monday, May 19th. Both classes begin at 1:30 PM Central time. The chain will include hammering, drilling, and oxidizing. The pendant will require drilling, riveting, and oxidizing.  These projects will require a riveting hammer, planishing hammer (or ball peen), two flat nose pliers, round-nose pliers, a steel bench block, #1000 steel wool, an old cloth because the aging solution can get messy. Bring another cloth or scrap of leather to put under the bench block would help deaden the noise. Each class is $15 which includes studio fee for the gallery New Braunfels Art League at 239 W San Antonio St., New Braunfels, Texas on Monday, May 5 and 19th, from 1-3:30pm. To enroll in the class, please call Lynda Medore at (830) 358-0186. Dottie Laster of Laster Global Consulting and Bernardo Kohler Center …

TRAFFICKED Designs earrings

TRAFFICKED Designs: Turning Over New Leaves Jewelry Making Workshop

NEW DESIGN by Lynda Medore and TRAFFICKED DESIGNS MAKE ONE, DONATE ONE     This is a “Make & Donate” class. The cost of the materials and studio time is $15. The students make one for themselves and donate one to the victims of human trafficking, so that others may have a chance at freedom. “Turning Over New Leaves.” The earrings are designed by New Braunfels artist Lynda Medore for Dottie Laster’s anti-Human Trafficking group. They are handcrafted of copper and embellished with a broken handcuff and sterling silver ear wires. The student will begin with a sheet of copper and will cut a leaf design with metal snips or a jeweler’s saw. The rest is filing, doming (or dapping), and putting it all together. Students will have the option of metal texturing and/or color patination. Students may want to bring disposable gloves and q-tips for using color. All other tools and supplies will be provided. Class fee of $15.00 includes studio fee for the gallery. New Braunfels Art League at 239 W San Antonio St., …

TRAFFICKED Designs

TRAFFICKED Designs Jewelry Making Workshop Introduces NEW Design

NEW DESIGN in HAMMERED COPPER MAKE ONE, DONATE ONE Monday, February 24 This is a “Make & Donate” class. The cost of the materials for the two bracelets is $15. The students make one bracelet for themselves and donate one to the victims of human trafficking, so that others may have a chance at freedom. We’ve had a great time making some simple chain and leather bracelets, but it’s time to step-it-up into some beginning metal-smithing. We’ll get to bang our hammers for metal forming and texturing, and we’ll get an introduction to patinas and riveting. Please bring a ball ball peen and a medium weight hammer (or raw-hide hammer), and a riveting hammer, q-tips, steelwool, any small pliers that you have, and a steel bench block. All of these items can be purchased locally at Hobby Lobby. Cost of class materials for 2 bracelets, $15.  New Braunfels Art League at 239 W San Antonio St., New Braunfels, Texas on Monday, February 24, from 1-3:30pm. To enroll in the class, please call Lynda Medore at (830) 358-0186. Dottie Laster of Laster Global Consulting and Bernardo Kohler Center heads up …