I always want to use art to make a positive impact on the world, to raise the vibration, and to bring inspiration or awareness to a cause. I do this across all of my passions, from my eco-friendly fashion brand Maya’s Ideas that I started in 2008, to my animation, including in 2016 during the Obama administration when I was asked to animate the opening of the first ever digital report presented to Congress and the report was created to get an American museum of women’s history built in Washington. Everything I do and take on is creative and makes a positive difference.
"A big way I express love is uplifting other people’s passions. People’s passions and dreams are always safe with me. I always want to encourage their love of what they care about because what the care about is who they are."
Maya Penn: Activist l CEO l Desginer
Maya was born and raised in Georgia and it is where her studio is currently based. In addition to starting her fashion brand, Maya’s Ideas, at the age of 8 years old, she is also 3 time TED Speaker, global activist, social entrepreneur, filmmaker, philanthropist and writer and author. She has been hand chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her youngest Supersoul 100 entrepreneur, change maker, and thought leader. She also does consultation for major fashion brands on how to shift into/incorporate eco-friendly fashion and sustainable company practices. Maya published a book with Simon & Schuster called “You Got This!” about her journey as a young artist, activist, and entrepreneur and her book is now being used in schools as curriculum to teach youth entrepreneurship and giving back through their passion.
Our artisan partners are entrepreneurs and agents of change. Each piece helps MAG (Mines Advisory Group) clear some of the 80 million unexploded bombs from their land.