Owner raising money for Sandy victims
Recorder/Paul Franz Darcy Rosner and her daughter Sarah Sullivan are making micro mosaic beads to sell to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief.
GREENFIELD — Darcy Rosner took it personally when Hurricane Sandy hit New York City as hard as it did, because she is a former New Yorker.
“I grew up there and still have family there,” said Rosner, a Greenfield resident who owns Sweet Bananaberry and a holiday pop-up shop on Federal Street she calls Artisan Gala.
“But, when I decided I wanted to do something, it wasn’t for my family, it was for everyone who was affected,” she said.
Rosner said she has been selling what she calls Hurricane Beads, better known as MICRO MOSAICs, with the help of jewelry designer Betsy Youngquist, and they plan to give a “good percentage” of the profits from those sales to hurricane victims in New York City.
Rosner said she gets the small, lead-free pewter spools from Youngquist and she and her volunteers add the beads. She said some volunteers walk in to her shop from off the street and ask if they can help.
“I had a family come in from Orange last week and sit down and start making beads,” said Rosner. “They had their 13-year-old son with them and he’s actually the one who asked if they could help.”
Rosner makes the beads in the back room of her shop on Federal Street, which is located between Aliber’s and People’s Pint.
“I did something similar during Katrina,” said Rosner. “Just like then, I’m getting people from around the world asking if they can buy the beads and some are sending me beads to use.”
Rosner said she is selling the smaller MICRO MOSAICs for $38 and the larger ones for $48. She said she and Youngquist are only keeping what it costs to make the beads — the rest will be going to a Massachusetts-based nonprofit, All Hands Volunteers, which is helping Sandy victims in and out of state.
“The place of my childhood is devastated,” she said. “I have to do this and it has taken on a life of its own.”
Rosner said she will continue to sell the beads and donate the profits even after the pop-up shop closes, which will probably be sometime in January.
She said it takes about a half-hour to 45 minutes to make a small bead and a little longer to make a large one.
“It’s a labor of love for me and for the people who are volunteering,” said Rosner. “Everyone should come in and make one. It’s great to give back.”
Rosner said she feels like she is not only giving to victims, but teaching a craft and giving people the opportunity to give and be charitable.
“The devastation from Hurricane Sandy is not going to be gone any time soon,” she said.
The beads will be available at Artisan Gala, 22 Federal St., through the holiday season or by contacting Rosner at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about All Hands Volunteers, visit: www.hands.org.