Designer to speak about clothing business benefiting Guatemalan children


Miranda Talbott-Pope and some of the Guatemalan children who are benefiting from Creando Mi Futuro’s educational program

PHILADELPHIA – On Sunday, October 13, Material Culture in Philadelphia will host a gallery talk and trunk show with guest speaker Miranda Talbott-Pope. Talbott-Pope operates a nonprofit fashion business in Guatemala called Creando Mi Futuro (Creating My Future).

About Miranda Talbott-Pope

Miranda Talbott-Pope retired in her 70s to Guatemala, where she proceeded to build a house and establish a nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for the poorest children in her town. She began designing fashions based on the beauty of handwoven Guatemalan fabrics. Talbott-Pope will be speaking on her fulfilling “retirement” in Guatemala, her education program in San Pedro la Laguna, and the inspiration of her clothing designs, a number of which will be available for purchase.

Atitlan Clothing Designs is the brand Talbott-Pope chose for unique handmade clothing made from recycled traditional Guatemalan fabric, with respect and admiration for the beauty of the material and expertise of its originator. The handmade fabric is purchased at a local market where women sell their skirts for extra income. This fabric is then re-purposed with the intention of retaining the beauty and “ethnic” look, while adapting it to modern needs. Three local tailors are employed, thus assisting their families (14 members) in a town of low employment.

All proceeds above these production costs go to the Creando Mi Futuro children’s art, education and nutrition project. Talbott-Pope explained the purpose for the project: “Art opens minds, good nutrition promotes better learning, and education creates vision and possibilities. These all come together in this program, which is improving the lives of 35 children in San Pedro la Laguna, Guatemala, enhancing their ability for a better life in their own country.”

The October 13 gallery talk and trunk show will start at 1 p.m. local time. A reception and refreshments will follow.

Material Culture’s gallery is located at 4700 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144. Click to view additional information and specific information about free parking online.

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