Free your art, a name full of meaning!
January 30, 2017
Nancy and Marion’s work is a living example that you can always mix passion with sustainability.
Make a difference when buying your kids clothing, your own accessories or holiday souvenirs. Come visit Nancy & Marion’s ‘Free Your Art’ shop at King’s Road Siem Reap, 1 minute walk from the Old Market.
Their Story ….
Nancy and Marion are best friends since childhood, two artists, two eternal travellers who decided by chance to settle in Cambodia. Marion is a photographer who is also passionate about drawing. Nancy is a painter, captivated by the landscapes and the art of Asia. Both came to the conclusion that paintings are usually inaccessible and overpriced, so an idea came to their minds: why not put their own art on everyday life items such as clothing?
Free Your Art was born from that idea, combining art and utility, offering a large range of products from clothes to notebooks and also pillows and bags.
The Soulcial Element…
While doing what they love, Nancy and Marion decided to make a difference at the same time. To print their materials, they have an eco-friendly partner in the United States which sends them the merchandise to Cambodia; for the clothes and fabric production and sewing, they work closely with the NGO Life & Hope Sewing Center, which aims to train professional sewers and give them job security for the future.
The goal of the Life & Hope Association (LHA) is to “Bring HOPE into LIFE through EDUCATION”, they want to change the story of poor families by educating the youngest on different projects, the Sewing Training School is one of them. They developed the sewing center, to give young Cambodians a professional training and a job after school. This center mainly produces work uniforms but can realize any types of clothing or accessories such as Nancy and Marion’s clothes. (Read more about LHA on our next article 🙂 )
Their partner in the US, Spoon Flowers, uses sustainable raw materials, and have a sustainable and ethical business model. Nancy and Marion chose this company for the quality of their printings and for their eco-friendly attitude: Spoon-flower uses water-based pigment inks and dyes, with very little waste, they also use recyclable packages and focus on small companies to create a community. You can learn more about their impact on their website: http://grow.spoonflower.com/sustainability