“You can use anything to make a living, and you can be as creative as much as you want.” -Bridget Davis, 2018.
What a beautiful message of inspiration Bridget Davis tells us!
I’m really excited to share the work of Bridget. She is an entrepreneur and artist in Freeport, Bahamas. I had the opportunity to meet and interview Bridget in June. Thanks to my role model Lenore Hosier who also introduced to me to Bridget, invited me to come see the beautiful Bahamas, and let me be part of these relationships in Freeport.
During my interview with Bridget she stated she had the opportunity to start a small business when hurricanes happened in 2004. She said many were out of work. Her sister Gina did a course in coconut jewelry making. Gina started the business at home. She then got the opportunity to bring the business to Port Lucaya. Now Bridget and Gina have locations in Garden of the Groves and Port Lucaya in Freeport. They sell to visitors and locals.
Bridget and her sister Gina make beautiful jewelry from coconuts.
Bridget said she wished more people knew they can use nature to make beautiful things and make a living. In her shop in Garden of the Groves she sells work from other artists in the Bahamas as well. She has traveled to one of the family islands and bought hand woven baskets from women on a family island. She sells these in her shop as well as a piece of educational material about the family islands. She is creating sustainability on the islands with honoring the artwork from other women. She is passionate about lifting the voices of other artists and supporting communities on other islands.
I asked Bridget, "If you could help Bahamian women in any way, what would that be?" She said, "We want to encourage Bahamian women to understand they are hard workers and deserve to say that their piece of work is valuable." She is part of a sustainable tourism committee in Freeport and passionate about helping Bahamian women market their product and skill sets!
Thank you Bridget for being an inspiration!
Pictures above: Bridget with good friend Lenore and Bridget with Kacie after the interview.