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Serivce-learning through printmaking in the Roaring Fork Valley, CO since 2015.

Donkey Rescue Fundraiser

Service Project for Equitarian Initative

The Equitarian Initiative non-profit supports humans and working equines, through veterinary aid and education. Their team treats, trains, and transforms the lives of horses, mules, and donkeys in remote areas.

Donkeys are beasts of burden we don’t always treat well. The Roaring Fork Valley prospered, thanks in great part to donkeys working the silver mines. But now it’s not easy to find a property where they are welcome. Horses are beautiful and fancy and aristocratic; donkeys are the plebeian underdogs. After a year during which healthcare workers have put their own lives on the line for all of us, scrubs should be haute-couture. Whether you have decided to live in pajama pants from now on or have a friend who’s a vet tech or nurse or dentist or doctor, thank you for considering purchasing something. We all want to leave the Corona virus behind, but let’s not forget all those people whose lives have been and continue to be severely affected by it. As of this writing, almost five million people, including over 700,000 Americans, have lost their lives.

The Covid-19 pandemic has magnified the ways in which we are all interconnected and the importance of the essential worker. Community service has never been more crucial. Let’s celebrate the essential worker who has helped you or someone you love, animal or human.  

Shop Donkey Print Goods

Artist designed and printed. All proceeds benefit the  Equitarian Initative

Short Sleeve Unisex Shirt

Tea Towel/Furoshiki

Long Sleeve Women’s Shirt

Featured Artist and Donkey Resucer
Natascha Hildebrandt loves to solve problems and to make things.  For the last few years she has been working in functional ceramics.  As a lover of architecture and food, animals and flowers, she has been working on vases and trying to capture the beautiful Colorado sky.   Home and rescue animals are main themes in her life and she is working towards her forever home with rescued donkeys.
The beautiful Molly Brown at Longhopes Donkey Shelter in Bennett, Colorado, September 2020
Words from the Artist
The Carbondale clay community has been incredibly supportive and welcoming to me as I explore ideas of home, vases, and animals in ceramics. Chasing my vision of how to make a glaze of the Colorado sky led me to meet Jay Mirriam and Lucy. Living here has made it clear that I want to give a home to donkeys. My parents recognized and encouraged my love for animals early on; I still have the book My Donkey Benjamin.
It had been a long time since I made a woodcut, but I wanted to collaborate with Reina on a project of donkey scrubs and give back to this and our larger community. As with all challenges, there was a moment of feeling like I’d hit the wall, but with her encouragement, we kept going.