Add a little colour to your lapel or necklace with a beautiful heart pendant made of resin and ink courtesy of Sydney designer Ruth Lazerson.
As her business Ruthie L. Designs went into hibernation during the Covid pandemic, Ruth Lazerson inadvertently set up a ‘Heart of Hope’ campaign: making and donating heart-shaped pendants to frontline workers and folks in need of a little kindness.
“I was at home and couldn’t work,” tells Ruth. “India and Nepal [whom she does textile business with] were in lockdown and my clients had put their projects on hold, so I started making these little hearts and giving them away to people who were having a difficult time.
Ruth put a post up on Facebook asking medical professionals if they’d like a heart and has since given over 2000 resin and ink hearts to frontline and essential workers across the country.
The initiative has escalated from there and Ruth is thrilled to now be working with some charities such as ‘Mum For Mum’ and ‘Neuroblastoma Australia’.
“I couldn’t deliver to hospitals so I was mailing them out to people and postage eventually became too expensive to continue. People absolutely loved them and really wanted to give the hearts out themselves.”
Hence, hearts became available for a nominal $5 each, so that Ruth could send even more hearts further into the community. “That meant I could continue to buy more stock, donate and mail them out to those who needed them.”
Recipients have included paramedics, nurses, doctors, healthcare workers, cleaners, post office staff, supermarket attendants and people having a generally terrible time during the unprecedented epidemic.
For more information or to order a heart yourself, visit www.ruthieldesigns.com.au and spread the love.