Founders


Carol Blackmore

Carol has been a professional weaver for the past 30 years. She makes her own rugs (Crow Hill Rugs) on a loom that is 10 ft. wide with durable cotton/poly warp and environmentally friendly recycled clothing. Since childhood, she has used fabric to study the interaction of color by looking for combinations that create transparency, depth, and emotional resonance. It is this type of knowledge and experience that Carol  has been able to share with the weavers of El Ocotal. Through her they have learned not only how to create a high quality product but also how to begin expressing themselves artistically.In addition to product development Carol helps manage  the marketing, sales and outreach in the US.

Ivy Blackmore

Ivy lived in El Ocotal, Nicaragua as a Peace Corps volunteer from Nov 2007 - March 2010. Ivy's time as a volunteer exposed her to the many inefficiencies and contradictions of international aid and motivated her to gain a better understanding of  international project design, implementation and evaluation. She is currently pursuing a doctorate focused on rural socioeconomic development at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St Louis. You can read more about Ivy's research here. Ivy primarily supports the women through marketing, sales, communications and financial administration.