Pay It Forward
HOW DOES PAY IT FORWARD WORK?YOU: Buys a pair of Pay It Forward earrings in the shop
ME: Gives that pair of earrings away for free to anyone Black
HOW DID IT START?
Pay It Forward started in the summer of 2020 as we experienced a (continued) pandemic of police violence on top of the emerging coronavirus pandemic. I had a lot of White folks who were interested in showing their support for Black lives by buying earrings in styles that said BLM or ACAB.
Because jewelry is a decorative form of self-expression, it’s important to me that folks who wear my earrings are using my work to express their own lived experiences (rather that supporting the lived experiences of others).
A friend (thanks Brit!) gave me the idea to ask non-Black folks who wanted to purchase BLM earrings if they’d like to pay for the pair and I would redistribute the earrings to someone Black who wanted them free of charge. Anyone can buy a Pay it Forward pair and we’ve gifted 50+ pairs and counting!
Earrings are silly! AND earrings are mutual aid because our LIVES are mutual aid. The world is weird, but we are building the world we want to live in every day. Here’s one teeny way I hope to help steward our new world into being.
*form closes automatically when all available pairs have been gifted*