Join Clara Woods, a Teenage Artist Defying Odds, in the Upcycling Movement to Create a Sustainable Future
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ShopGoodwill.com®, the leading nonprofit e-commerce auction platform, is proud to announce the #CreateOpportunity initiative, a groundbreaking campaign aimed at raising awareness about the impact of sustainable shopping. In partnership with artists, creators, and the upcycle community, ShopGoodwill.com invites consumers to join the movement by sharing how they give items a second life. This inspiring campaign is celebrated by a network of over 2,500 Goodwill stores nationwide, inspiring millions of individuals to become sustainable shoppers. As part of the initiative, the remarkable teenage artist Clara Woods has been named the first #CreateOpportunity ShopGoodwill.com ambassador, highlighting the transformative power of online sustainable shopping and consumerism.
Clara Woods, a 17-year-old artist who has defied all odds, is set to revolutionize the modern art scene as the first ambassador of the #CreateOpportunity initiative by ShopGoodwill.com®. Clara's journey as an artist has been shaped by her experience with a perinatal stroke and extensive brain damage. Despite these challenges, she has embraced her unique perspective and found solace in art.
Clara firmly believes that her brain damage has allowed her to see the world in a different way. "I'm not my disability, but my disability is part of who I am," she says. "My art comes from my heart; it is the only place where I can be 100% myself!" Her journey as an artist has been characterized by a deep connection between her heart, her creativity, and her ability to communicate with others.
Despite facing difficulties with reading, writing, and speaking, Clara has found innovative ways to express herself and connect with her audience on platforms like TikTok and Instagram. With the support of her family, Clara manages her content and engages with her community. Her mother assists in translating her thoughts into written content, which Clara reviews and approves. Using an app to record her voice, Clara brings her own words to life in videos, interpreting her own messages. Additionally, she leverages her phone's capabilities to read text messages, notes, and articles, enabling her active participation online.
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Clara's unique approach to content creation has garnered an impressive following of over 400,000 people on TikTok and Instagram. Her audience appreciates her authenticity and admires her ability to overcome obstacles. She receives messages of support and love, which alleviate feelings of loneliness and provide a sense of acceptance.
Being chosen as the first #CreateOpportunity ShopGoodwill.com ambassador holds deep meaning for Clara. "I'm so happy to be an ambassador for ShopGoodwill.com," she exclaims. "For me, this collaboration is all about inclusion. I feel included, I feel part of something bigger than myself." Clara sees her ambassadorship as an opportunity to share her story, demonstrating that adversity and pain can be transformed into opportunities and dreams can become a reality.
Clara's vision for the platform is to raise awareness about online sustainable shopping and the potential for opportunity in adversity. She believes that sustainable shopping is not only the future but also a way to contribute to a healthier planet. Clara finds freedom in using recycled materials to create art, as it aligns with her passion for environmental conservation. Through her collaboration with ShopGoodwill.com, Clara aims to inspire others to embrace sustainable shopping practices and recognize the power of giving items a second life.
ShopGoodwill.com's #CreateOpportunity initiative, championed by Clara Woods, seeks to empower individuals and communities through sustainable shopping. By joining this movement, consumers can contribute to a world where creativity thrives, opportunities are created, and a brighter, greener future is envisioned.
For more information about ShopGoodwill.com or to join the #CreateOpportunity campaign, please visit ShopGoodwill.com/CreateOpportunity.
About Clara Woods
Clara Woods, who suffered a perinatal stroke that resulted in extensive brain damage, has defied all medical odds and found purpose in painting while revolutionizing the modern art scene to welcome a more diverse community of artists. Despite her inability to read, write and speak, Clara has captured the hearts of more than 400K people on TikTok and Instagram, and has sold 750 pieces of art all around the world. By partnering with ShopGoodwill.com, Clara is working to create awareness around online sustainable shopping and how opportunity can be created through adversity.
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