Jewelry designer Nancy Anderson puts her craft to use for an organization close to her heart.
Nancy Anderson — the founder of and artist behind the Sweet Bird Studio jewelry collection, which she named after her beloved dog and best friend, Sweet Bird — pours her heart and soul into her work, crafting each of her original designs by hand, utilizing vintage scraps in which she finds beauty to reflect her love of animals, everyday objects, and the West. Now, she is channeling her creativity for a cause, introducing a collection of new designs to benefit Care for the Wild, a foundation securing rhinoceroses in protected sanctuaries across Africa to ensure the survival of the species.
As soon as I heard of the success of these Texas Rhino Dogs and Care for Wild, the largest rhino orphanage, I knew that Sweet Bird Studio had to get involved.
“Several months ago, one of our great customers wrote us an email. She was on a plane back from Africa and emphatically asked me for my help,” Anderson says. “Her husband had been contracted to bring in his Texas Scout dogs to Africa to help search out poachers and try to put an end to the illegal rhino horn trade in Kruger National Park [in South Africa]. Due to poaching, there are less than 30,000 rhinos left on the planet. As soon as I heard of the success of these Texas Rhino Dogs and Care for Wild, the largest rhino orphanage, I knew that Sweet Bird Studio had to get involved.”
When you purchase one of Anderson’s Stay Wild designs a portion of the proceeds will go directly to Care for the Wild, funding the rehabilitation of baby rhinos who have been orphaned by poachers and require supervised care before being reintroduced into the wild.
Featured in the January 2019 issue.
PHOTOGRAPHY: courtesy Nancy Anderson/Sweet Bird Studio