About Me

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Hello! Now that I’ve introduced my vision and inspiration for the project, maybe I should introduce myself. My name is Jamie Howell. I am an art teacher, artist, mom, and UT football fan (originally from east TN). I am an enthusiastic lover of nature, art and anything creative, Starbucks lattes, my boxer puppy and this crazy thing called life. I’m certainly no one special, never considered a community leader or radical but I have an idea that could possibly be “something”, but only with your help.

I’m inviting anyone who has lost a beloved woman to cancer to participate in a community arts project where we creatively transform a PURSE into a memorial art form. All of our voices together can create a new conversation around the topic of cancer and bring awareness to the lasting impact of just one woman lost to cancer. We can transform the story of cancer beyond the suffering and loss and into a beautiful legacy of how women shape our families, community and world. As a granddaughter, I do know about losing my grandmother to cancer and as an artist/art teacher, I have seen healing come from art making. This project is a platform for your story to become part of OUR story of beautiful, powerful women who were truly alive and continue to influence this world through their abiding legacy.
Please JOIN The Purses Project by creating a purse, sharing your purse with the project and spreading the word about The Purses Project to others.
Looking forward to a healing creative journey together,
Jamie Howell



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