Since their launch earlier this spring, Anchor House bracelets have become a favorite as they come in multiple colors, are simple, elegant and subsequently sell out quickly. They also serve the purpose to raise funds for Restore One’s first shelter for trafficked males, The Anchor House, and start conversations about human trafficking. Bracelet designer, Angela Medlin is from Greenville, NC, also the founding place of Restore One. Despite not attending art school, Medlin has a love for art in its many mediums: painting, photography, ceramics and of course, jewelry making.
“I went to high school with Chris (Restore One President) and he contacted me about making and designing the Anchor House bracelet. I knew about the Restore One organization and wanted to help,” Medlin said.
Medlin knows her purpose in life is to bring healing through art. Currently a Psychology major at East Carolina University, Medlin knows that pursuing Art Therapy is in her near future.
Part of her desire to heal through art came from her high school days, when Medlin was first introduced to eating disorders and shortly thereafter became bulimic. Medlin stopped and concluded she wanted to help those that were suffering with eating disorders.
“I did some research and found out about Art Therapy and it was an awakening moment that I will never forget,” Medlin said.
After finishing her studies at East Carolina University, Medlin plans to attend Appalachian State University for Clinical Mental Health Counseling specializing in Body Centered Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy. Medlin will always do art on the side even after finishing all her studies and fulfilling her calling.
The Anchor House bracelet is the result of brainstorming with the Restore One team and examples of anchor charms Medlin studied. Not too long ago, Anchor House bracelets were introduced in bronze and expanded its color selection. Now, Medlin is designing Anchor bracelet designs for men.
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