Your Brass Purchases Support Artist Education in Ghana

Rahway, NJ, August 19, 2007 --( If you enjoy decorating, quilting, crafting or sewing with African flair, your purchases can now also improve the lives of artists in Ghana. Cultured Expressions, Inc. has announced the start of an education fund based on the sales of the popular brass pieces it imports from artists in Ghana. The company specializes in do-it-yourself decorating, quilting and crafts, promoting African fabrics through shows and workshops and online at

One of its newer offerings is a collection of hand-cast brass adinkra symbol embellishments and buttons, used for jewelry, clothing and accents on creative projects. Cultured Expressions will donate a portion of the sales from this collection to the education of one of its main brass suppliers named Daniel, who has expressed an interest in attending computer school in Accra, Ghana.

Company president Lisa Shepard Stewart explains, "Daniel is an integral part of our growing embellishment business, and because we appreciate his hard work, determination and friendship, we wanted to contribute in a tangible way toward the achievement of his goals as well." The total will reflect a percentage of the company's brass sales through the end of 2007.

She views this as the beginning of a larger, ongoing effort to help artists in Ghana to further their businesses and enhance their lives. The line features hand-cast adinkra symbols in 2' and 1" sizes, along with adinkra buttons and newer novelty designs to be added through the year. Individuals and organizations interested in making an additional donation or a matching contribution are invited to contact or call 1-866-MUDCLOTH.

To view the collection, plus fabrics, quilting and craft kits, creative project books by Lisa and more, visit

Cultured Expressions, Inc.
Lisa Shepard Stewart