Michele Benjamin: Press Kit

Michele Benjamin, Artist, creates Nature Inspired, Activist Jewelry and Art in Support of Women's Empowerment & Animal Conservation. Museum Shops, Art Galleries & Cultural Institutions offer her Sustainable Sterling Silver, Gold, Brass & Bronze designs. Woman-Owned Business. Certified "Made in NY: Fashion". Arts Envoy.

 


"Art plays a significant role in social change because it raises public awareness in order to reach the community at large.  All forms of art are universally understood regardless of language, religion, or nationality."  - Michele Benjamin

 

 

Awards
Michele Benjamin, Arts Envoy: U.S Department of State: Cultural Exchange Program "Women's Empowerment" CAMBODIA - June 11, 2019
Michele Benjamin, Arts Envoy: U.S Department of State: Cultural Exchange Program - "Wildlife Conservation" LAOS - June 01, 2019
Press coverage
"I appreciate the opportunity to empower women in Cambodia....The students will move forward with their creativity. - Michele Benjamin, Arts Envoy"
Arts Envoy Jewelry Designer Michele Benjamin wrapped up a successful week-long visit to Cambodia to promote women and local artisans in business. Check out the video and enjoy your weekend! U.S. Department of State Exchange Programs - U.S. Department of State Michele Benjamin Jewelry Design
U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, Cambodia - Video - July 12, 2019
" Through this program, it is our desire to increase self-confidence, business empowerment, and decision-making, [against] conflicts and unsafe migration, and jobs that undermine women's participation. Small and Medium Business, and help them pioneer for their business."
U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh invited American jewelry designer Michele Benjamin to Cambodia to discuss women’s entrepreneurship and small business development. #Cambodia
US Embassy Cambodia ‏Verified Twitter account @USEmbPhnomPenh
"U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh invited American jewelry designer Michele Benjamin to Cambodia to discuss women’s entrepreneurship and small business development. Michele worked with local partners, such as Artisan d’Angkor, Friends International, University of Southeast Asia, Harpswell Foundation, and many other local organizations in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. #WomenEmpowerment; #Entrepreneurship #ArtsEnvoy #MicheleBenjamin Jewelry Design, U.S. Department of State Exchange Programs."
U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh invited American jewelry designer Michele Benjamin to Cambodia to discuss women’s entrepreneurship
U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh - June 26, 2019
"The women were encouraged to form their own alliances and create “Woman-owned” and “Made in Cambodia” 🇰🇭 branding. Instead of waiting to be invited to “take a seat at the table”, they were encouraged to “build their own table”"
Michele Benjamin: World Press Freedom Daily TV interview bringing awareness in Cambodia 🇰🇭 as #ArtsEnvoy teaching #WomensEmpowerment and #Entrepreneurship including marketing, presentation skills, branding and networking, to women-owned businesses, home-based workers, university and high school students.
VOD Hot News - World Press Freedom Daily: 8 Minute Talk (Television Spot) Kmer Language. Phnom Penh Cambodia - June 22, 2019
"Directors and lead coordinators from the jewelry department at "Artisans D’Angkor" Siem Reap, Cambodia, who attended my jewelry workshops. We created beads from air dry clay using locally sourced materials and mixed media. Wire metal work was done at Pouk Silk Farm. #michelebenjamin #jewelry #artisansdangkor #exchangeourworld #madeinnyfashion #cambodia #artisansdangkor "
U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh invited American jewelry designer Michele Benjamin to Cambodia to discuss women’s entrepreneurship and small business development. Michele worked with local partners, such as Artisan d’Angkor, Friends International, University of Southeast Asia, Harpswell Foundation, and many other local handicrafts organizations, paying visits to both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. #WomenEmpowerment; #Entrepreneurship #michelebenjamin #ArtsEnvoy #exchangeourworld
CPN - Cambodia Plus News - June 11, 2019
""#SavingAnimalsThroughArt Cultural Exchange Program enables Loa artists and students to become actively involved and to spread public awareness about the importance of animal conservation. This is opening up a dialogue by engaging artists and students to become socially active in their community through their art practice to affect social change and bring about awareness of animal trafficking." - Michele Benjamin"
Lao Youth Radio Interview with Michele Benjamin from the United States, who will share their knowledge of artistic experiences in wildlife protection #SavingWildlifeThroughArt
Facebook Live - Lao Youth Radio - June 03, 2019
"#SavingAnimalsThroughArt enables Loa artists and students to become actively involved and to spread public awareness about the importance of animal conservation. This is opening up a dialogue by engaging artists and students to become socially active in their community through their art practice to affect social change and bring about awareness of animal trafficking." - Michele Benjamin"
Facebook Live: American artist Michele Benjamin talk about her project using Art and Jewelry to raise awareness about Wildlife Trafficking in Laos.
US Embassy Vientiane, Laos - Facebook Live Video - June 05, 2019
"Michele Benjamin is a jewelry designer that showcased her innovative designs in the Fall 18 fashion show. Her trademark is a bee which was inspired by the beehives [on the rooftop at] the Whitney Museum. Aside from bees, her jewelry is also inspired by nature and floral scenery. Michele’s jewelry can be seen on numerous models throughout the Fall 18 fashion show. All her pieces are made from sustainable sterling silver and crafted in Queens, New York. Michele is best known for her liberty [pin] that represents woman’s rights...[she designed for] the National Women History Museum. Editorial Article and Photos by Monifa Payne"
Recap: Super Chic New York Fashion Week Show – Pics + Details Here! ( Part 2 )
Floss Magazine - September 09, 2018
"Her jewelry collection is inspired by an appreciation for fine art and nature. Her “Bees” are in the Whitney Museum Shop. Her artistic designs are certified “Made in New York” of sustainable sterling silver. She earned a BA in Art History from Arizona State University with post-graduate studies at Parsons School of Design. "
Interviewing Michele Benjamin
Artistar - Milan Fashion Week - February 22, 2018
"A public reminder to save the Garment Center. Gale A Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, Rep Carolyn Maloney NY Congresswoman and NYC Designers"
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Gets a Public Reminder to Save the Garment Center From Designers and Supporters - WWD Article By Rosemary Feitelberg on Sept. 10, 2017
WWD - September 09, 2017
Testimonials
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"U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh invited American jewelry designer Michele Benjamin to Cambodia to discuss Women’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development. #Cambodia #womenempowerment #michelebenjamin #ArtsEnvoy Check out http://tinyurl.com/yybkmzrm "
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"Cultural Programs Division @CultureAtState Twitter U.S. Embassy Vientiane, Laos Jewelry designer, @michelebenjamin, is an Arts Envoy in @usembassyvte working on wildlife trafficking and women's economic empowerment! See the full video here: https://bit.ly/2XupeJp #ExchangeOurWorld #michelebenjamin #ArtsEnvoy"
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"Came just as described. Very well packaged. 18K Rose Gold Plated London Blue Topaz Lucky Elephant Necklace 16" Hunter S., Hunswa_22 - Ebay Feedback Reviews"
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"Her jewelry is equisitly handcrafted and beautiful ! I am the proud owner af the Sterling Silver Dragonfly Charm Necklace and I love it ! 5 Stars - Google Reviews"
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"I had the pleasure of meeting Michele first hand. For me, the pin represents our meeting as well as something else that is more personal to me. In Silicon Valley, where my office is located, formal wear is rarely worn, so I have been keeping the pin on my backpack instead of a lapel; I will be wearing it instead of a tie next time I wear something more formal though - its simplicity is part of its elegance. For me, the pin has come to represent the idea that I am contributing to something bigger than myself the way a bee contributes to the betterment of the hive for the sake of the colony. So thank you for this beautiful and humbling reminder. 5 Stars - Google Reviews"
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"I love her stuff! Amazing quality, designs and prompt service. The jewelry is so well crafted and artistic. I have one of her Hummingbird necklaces and get compliments on it every time I wear it. Just bought an adorable Dragonfly Charm for a friend. Was very pleased with the quick service, it arrived in perfect time for her birthday. She was thrilled! 5 Stars - Google Reviews"
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"Love love love her jewelry! I love that it's nature inspired! Michele is lovely and very talented. 5 Stars - Yelp Reviews"
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"It was an honor to be able to showcase your work. Many thanks again for joining us and for the amazing work that you do! It was wonderful to feature the products and services you provide right here in New York... they are inspiring. the Good Stuff team."
Videos
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Partners
WBE Certification
This certification will remain in effect for three years or until April 30, 2021.
"WOSB" CERTIFICATION: Women Owned Small Business Certification
"WOSB" CERTIFICATION: Women Owned Small Business Certification
Certification, Sponsor, Mentor, Mark of Distinction
Made in NY allows qualifying businesses to use the Made in NY mark on their website and in promotional material to indicate support of the program. Use of the Made in NY mark allows fashion designers to illustrate their commitment to local production and the aims of the City’s program, not to brand specific apparel or accessories items.
Certification, Sponsor, Mentor
MiQ (formerly Made in Queens) is a curated collection of locally made, quality products that are sold online, in select locations, and at pop-up shops. Since opening our doors in June 2016 we have been going strong, being featured in numerous exciting opportunities throughout the New York City area. We originally only worked with products made in the borough of Queens, but we have since expanded to include all of New York State. We are always on the lookout for the best products and the best places to introduce these products to consumers. MiQ‘s mission is to sell small batch, originally manufactured local products. The goal is to promote local makers and manufacturers, share their stories, and provide an opportunity for new and existing local businesses to grow and flourish.
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