Creating for a Cause

Now you can order Creating for a Cause products online at Shop to Shelter for Lila Mae’s House (external website, shoptoshelter.com).

I developed this special collection of products, featuring images from my artwork, to promote awareness and to raise money for organizations working against human trafficking (link is to information from the National Human Trafficking Hotline). Proceeds from the sale of items on this page currently go to Lila Mae’s House, a project led by Franciscan Sister Shirley Fineran with the goal of creating a “place of healing” for trafficking survivors (link is to a Sioux City Journal article; note the “Ways to help” and “Signs of human trafficking” in the left-hand column).

You can order Creating for a Cause products online at Shop to Shelter for Lila Mae’s House (external website, shoptoshelter.com).


Notecards

Page showing designs of notecards with 8 different photos of Canticle sculpture by Jo Myers-Walker

Canticle of Creation
card designs and messages
(click image to view larger;
PDF, approx. 726 KB, rev. 24 Aug 2019)

Page showing designs of Abundant Homes notecards with images from watercolor paintings by Jo Myers-Walker

Abundant Homes
card designs and messages
(click image to view larger;
PDF, approx. 640 KB, rev. 24 Aug 2019)

Notecards with envelopes, bundled in a hand-painted pouch (pouches painted by me or by my able assistants!). Each card has a message on the back for contemplation and is blank inside for your writing.

  • Canticle of Creation, set of 8 notecards:  Each card highlights a symbol from the three-dimensional Canticle of Creation acrylic sculpture I made in 2017 for the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque (inspired by St. Francis’s well-known Canticle and the stories told of his life). Bundled in a pouch representing the Portiuncula chapel restored by St. Francis.
  • See:  Cards for contemplation (blog post)
       
  • Abundant Homes, set of 9 notecards:  Each card has an image from one of my watercolor paintings on the front. Bundled in a house-shaped pouch.
  • See:  An abundance of notecards (blog post)

Greeting card with photo of Canticle of Creation sculpture by Jo Myers-Walker

Sample Canticle of Creation notecard
opened flat to show front and back
(click image to view larger)

Sample Abundant Homes notecard back and front, with watercolor design by Jo Myers-Walker

Sample back and front of an
Abundant Homes notecard
(click image to view larger)

You can order Creating for a Cause products online at Shop to Shelter for Lila Mae’s House (external website, shoptoshelter.com). Proceeds from the sale of these cards currently go to the Lila Mae’s House project with the goal of creating a “place of healing” for trafficking survivors.

See Help us “Create for a Cause!” farther down on this page if you’re interested in helping make the colorful pouches to package the card sets (ages 12 to adult).

Examples of house-shaped pouches made from watercolor paper and decorated by painting and stamping

Examples of decorated pouches holding Canticle of
Creation (left) and Abundant Homes (right) notecards.
Decoration styles vary and each pouch is unique.

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Scarves

Polyester Crêpe de Chine scarves, approx. 17″ x 72″, digitally printed with images from the Abundant Homes paintings or the Canticle of Creation sculpture. An image is mirrored and repeated along the fabric, with the starting point of the design varying from scarf to scarf. The edges are finished with serging done by volunteer faithful believers in the Lila Mae’s House project. The scarves are modeled below by artists from my watercolor class — click for a closer look at a style! Many thanks to photographer Susan H.

You can order Creating for a Cause products online at Shop to Shelter for Lila Mae’s House (external website, shoptoshelter.com). Proceeds from the sale of these scarves currently go to the Lila Mae’s House project with the goal of creating a “place of healing” for trafficking survivors..

Model wearing scarf printed with watercolor painting Backyard Chickens by Jo Myers-Walker

Backyard Chickens
(click image to view larger)

Model wearing scarf printed with watercolor painting Breakfast by Jo Myers-Walker

Breakfast
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Model wearing scarf printed with image of Canticle of Creation sculpture by Jo Myers-Walker

Canticle of Creation
(click image to view larger)

Model wearing scarf printed with detail of St. Clare from Canticle of Creation sculpture by Jo Myers-Walker

Clare, Sun, Falcon, Rooster
(click image to view larger)

Model wearing scarf printed with watercolor painting by Jo Myers-Walker of flowers on table with Englert Theater visible through a window

The Englert
(click image to view larger)

Model wearing scarf printed with watercolor painting Laundry Day by Jo Myers-Walker

Laundry Day
(click image to view larger)

Model wearing scarf printed with greyscale version of watercolor painting Laundry Day by Jo Myers-Walker

Laundry Day — Greyscale
(click image to view larger)

Model wearing scarf printed with watercolor painting Michaela's House by Jo Myers'Walker

Michaela’s House
(click image to view larger)

Model wearing scarf printed with images of watercolor painting Nikki's House by Jo Myers-Walker

Nikki’s House
(click image to view larger)

Model wearing scarf printed with images from watercolor painting Painting Class by Jo Myers-Walker

Painting Class
(click image to view larger)

Model wearing scarf printed with images from Purple Porch watercolor painting by Jo Myers-Walker

Purple Porch
(click image to view larger)

Model wearing scarf printed with images from Red Barn watercolor painting by Jo Myers-Walker

Red Barn
(click image to view larger)

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Bags

Polyester tote bags, approx. 18″ x 18″, digitally printed with images from the Abundant Homes paintings or the Canticle of Creation sculpture. Both sides of each bag have the same image.

You can order Creating for a Cause products online at Shop to Shelter for Lila Mae’s House (external website, shoptoshelter.com). Proceeds from the sale of these bags currently go to the Lila Mae’s House project with the goal of creating a “place of healing” for trafficking survivors.

Fabric tote bag digitally printed with image of Backyard Chickens watercolor painting by Jo Myers-Walker

Backyard Chickens

Fabric tote bag digitally printed with image of Breakfast watercolor painting by Jo Myers-Walker

Breakfast

Fabric tote bag digitally printed with image of the Canitcle of Creation sculpture by Jo Myers-Walker

Canticle of Creation

Fabric tote bag digitally printed with image of detail from the Canticle of Creation sculpture by Jo Myers-Walker

Clare, Sun, Falcon, Rooster

Fabric tote bag digitally printed with image of detail from the Canticle of Creation sculpture by Jo Myers-Walker

Sister Moon

Fabric tote bag digitally printed with image of Laundry Day watercolor painting by Jo Myers-Walker

Laundry Day

Fabric tote bag digitally printed with image of Michaela's House watercolor painting by Jo Myers-Walker

Michaela’s House

Fabric tote bag digitally printed with image of Painting Class watercolor painting  by Jo Myers-Walker

Painting Class

Fabric tote bag digitally printed with image of Purple Porch watercolor painting by Jo Myers-Walker

Purple Porch

Fabric tote bag digitally printed with image of Red Barn painting by Jo Myers-Walker

Red Barn

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Help us “Create for a Cause!”

Collage showing the steps involved in making a pouch to hold notecards

(click image to view larger)

Along with offering products for sale, I’ve been holding workshops with various groups to create the colorful pouches that bundle each set of notecards. At the workshops I demonstrate some basic watercolor techniques. As we create in a contemplative environment, we pray for the survivors of human trafficking, and learn from resources like a podcast (River to River episode from Iowa Public Radio) or short documentary video (“Any Kid, Anywhere”).

The photo at right illustrates some of the activities you might choose during a pouch-making workshop:
  • Cutting out the pouch
  • Folding notecards and attaching envelopes
  • Decorating pouch by stamping or painting
  • Folding the pouches

Please contact me (email jomyerswalker@gmail.com) if you’re interested in joining us (ages 12 to adult).

Two different groups of people watercolor painting at tables full of supplies and painted papers

Watercolor painting for a cause

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How I got involved

Franciscans strive to live out the social justice values of the dignity of all people, care of creation, peace and justice. Through my involvement as a Franciscan Associate and with other organizations concerned with social justice, I have been learning about the growing problem of human trafficking. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline,

    “Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will.”

I felt moved to find ways to work against this injustice, and created this special collection featuring images from my artwork to promote awareness and to raise money for organizations working against human trafficking.

You can order Creating for a Cause products online at Shop to Shelter for Lila Mae’s House (external website, shoptoshelter.com). Proceeds from the sale of items on this page currently go to Lila Mae’s House, a project led by Franciscan Sister Shirley Fineran with the goal of creating a “place of healing” for trafficking survivors.
  • Sioux City Journal article about Lila Mae’s House (note the “Ways to help” and “Signs of human trafficking” in the left-hand column)
  • River to River episode about human trafficking from Iowa Public Radio (article and podcast). Sister Shirley Fineran, founder of Lila Mae’s House, is one of the guests, along with a survivor of human trafficking and a former investigator.

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