My Story - Founder Joanne Ewald
Interview with Hour Detroit -
Beginning at age 4, Ewald was sexually assaulted by a family member. This abuse continued for nine years. While she says she was always drawn to the creative process, it wasn’t until later in life that she realized art could help her discover herself. She took classes at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, and by 2007, at age 45, she was designing jewelry and selling her pieces to local art fairs and galleries. She began donating some of her proceeds to nonprofits that work with children and the homeless, and eventually, helping others offered more gratification than making the jewelry itself. By 2015, Mend on the Move launched with a fundraising event, during which Ewald publicly shared her story for the first time. “I had a lot of difficulties growing up and made a lot of poor decisions because of it. I didn’t become an addict, but I had issues that I didn’t deal with until I was an adult,” she says. “You can’t heal unless you start talking about it.”
“I can’t think of anything that’s more important,” she says. “How to use what has happened to me, something so ugly, and turn it into something so beautiful that can lift other women — that’s the ultimate goal.”
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Let's Chat! Join Me For a Virtual Coffee Date!
Join Mend on the Move founder, Joanne Ewald, on the 2nd Tuesday of each month for a virtual coffee meet up! Joanne will give current updates on Mend + our survivor Makers + all things going on with the organization.
2nd Tuesday of the Month
10 am EST
Zoom virtual meet up