If you’ve been following Carriage House Studio on Instagram, you might have seen a couple of sneak peeks from our Harriet Tubman project over the past few weeks. This incredible organization has a special place in my heart for two reasons: domestic violence is a cause near and dear to my heart, and, more importantly, it was designed in honor of my late father, Michael Hayes, who was a childhood survivor of domestic violence and taught me everything I know about giving back to the community and the importance of paying it forward.
I deeply believe that violence against women and girls is a failure to recognize the inherent equality and dignity of women. It is an issue of fundamental human rights. Unfortunately, the most dangerous place for women is in their own homes due to the alarming rates of domestic violence. A 2018 U.N. study cites that globally, six women are killed every hour by someone they know. Carriage House Studio is committed to reducing the incidence of domestic violence on a global scale by donating design services and proceeds from every design executed to combat gender-based violence and discrimination.
Tubman has been providing services for over 40 years and holds the honor of being the third domestic violence shelter in the nation. It was so exciting for me to work with them on a project that meant so much to me. The entire team is as kind as they are hardworking so I knew that I wanted to help them create a place where they could unwind, unplug, and find support; where clients can find resources, guidance, and healing in an environment that provides the promise of a safer life.
Today, we’re happy to share a little photo tour of the space. For more details on the project, make sure to connect with me.