Since the beginning of the year, jeweler Carrie Nunes has committed herself to making a ring a day—365 in all—to benefit the Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists’ Emergency Resources (CERF+). The rings vary greatly in style and price; some go for as little as $1. So far, Nunes has raised $1,200 for the organization, and she still has many more rings to go.
The cause hit even closer to home for Nunes after floods hit her hometown, Nashville, Tenn., this spring. “This project is more personal than ever as CERF+ is now helping artists right here in Tennessee who were affected by the flood,” she says. Luckily, Nunes’ studio and home were spared.
For the past 25 years, CERF+ (the plus was recently added to reflect the organization’s expanded role in helping artists) has offered grants, loans and other assistance to craft artists suffering career-threatening emergencies. Programs like its new website, www.studioprotector.org, launched May 1, aim to help artists prepare for disasters before they occur.
To purchase one of Nunes’ Ring-a-Day rings, visit her Etsy shop.