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Creatively Empowered Women
 
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ANKA

Crocheter

I contribute a wild array of one-of-a-kind crocheted jewelry items to CEW's inventory.

WHERE DID YOU IMMIGRATE FROM?

I immigrated to Chicago from Montenegro.

WHY DO YOU KNIT/CROCHET?

Crocheting makes me "feel full." The process of making helps me stay centered and it takes my mind off certain pains such as missing my family.

 
 

Bàhra

KNITTER & Crocheter

WHERE DID YOU IMMIGRATE FROM?

I did not immigrate to Chicago willingly but came as a Bosnian refugee 17 years ago.

WHY DO YOU KNIT/CROCHET?

I have a passion for creating things with my hands. Crocheting and knitting is what relaxes me and has always been a part of my everyday life. And it’s a way that helps me cope with the horrors of war I experienced.

 
 

DŽemila

KNITTER, Crocheter, & stone jewelry maker

WHERE DID YOU IMMIGRATE FROM?

I am second-generation. My mother and grandmother have lived in Chicago for the last 20 years.

WHY DO YOU KNIT/CROCHET?

I first learned the art of knitting from my mother during my youth. Ever since then, I had a passion for knitting hats, scarves and sweaters. I consider myself an expert in creating clothing for children. And now, I find great satisfaction knitting for my own children and grandchildren. For me, knitting is a way to take a break and calm down. All four of my children know how to knit, even my son. Lastly, I make stone jewelry when I can.

 
 

Emina

KNITTER

WHERE DID YOU IMMIGRATE FROM?

I came to Chicago as a Bosnian refugee 17 years ago.

WHY DO YOU KNIT/CROCHET?

I love to knit, especially with my friends at CEW Design Studio! I take refuge in my handiwork as a way of coping with my depression and PTSD due to witnessing violence and trauma as a result from the Bosnian war.

 
 

Hajrija

KNITTER & crocheter

WHERE DID YOU IMMIGRATE FROM?

I immigrated to Chicago from Bosnia.

WHY DO YOU KNIT/CROCHET?

Knitting and crocheting have always inspired me. These processes excite me due to the fact I am able to create functional things. It also helps pass the time and fill a space in my life.

 
 

Safija

knitter

WHERE DID YOU IMMIGRATE FROM?

I immigrated from Bosnia 22 years ago to Chicago. I stayed first in North Carolina but I did not like the weather. Chicago feels like home away from my homeland.

WHY DO YOU KNIT/CROCHET?

I like to knit sweaters, hats, and gloves with my friends at CEW. It helps me relax when life feels hectic.

 
 

Vera

Eclectic KNITTER & crocheter

WHERE DID YOU IMMIGRATE FROM?

I was a teacher before I moved from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Chicago with the help of a war relief organization 17 years ago. Afterwards, I worked at the Drake hotel for 13 years in the housekeeping department.

WHY DO YOU KNIT/CROCHET?

I love making things with my hands. I can knit and crochet hats, scarves, blouses and jackets. These creative making methods have always been the best therapy for me.