May 2: Making for Change

#LadyMaker Christa Flores added a service element to the Make-HER program in her second “empathy makers” workshop. While an estimated 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters each year, only 2.7 million of those find a home. Mothers and daughters had the chance to make a difference on a local level through art and technology.

Our Make-HER girls received pictures of real pets awaiting adoption through the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. Moms and daughters placed graphite tracing paper under their photos and then learned to highlight characteristics that most reflected their pets’ personalities.

Once they had outlined their tracings with permanent marker, the mothers and daughters began painting in watercolor. As one mother described, “It was very calming to be here to have time to be creative and be with my daughter.” Another mother referred to the quiet process of making art as “cathartic.”

Using copper tape, watch batteries, and LED stickers, participants carefully planned their circuits to accent their pet portraits with light.

The finished products were amazing, and most importantly, ready for use by the local Humane Society to highlight adoptable pets. Click through the following slide show to see some of the lovingly created pet profiles. For a special success story, check out Sweet Pea. When Sweet Pea’s Make-HER artist followed up with her at the Humane Society, she learned Sweet Pea had found a home!

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