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Women Without Borders

Down on 183 King, there is a movement of women around the world growing into economic self-sufficiency through the art of their hands. Ibu, which on the islands of Indonesia mean a woman of respect, is a studio and showroom that collaborates with women in 79 cooperatives that are changing the world of fashion. Susan Hull Walker, founder and creative director of Ibu, travels around the world and meets women who have traditional textile skills such as spinning, dyeing, weaving. She meets these women and sees their culture and stories being told through the clothes and textile they produce.

Ali Macgraw, who you might remember from the movies Love Story and Goodbye, Columbus, is now an activist and IBU extraordinaire, collaborated with longtime friend Susan, to design a collection that celebrates the craftsmanship of women from around the world. The collection includes clothing, shawls, shoes, bags, and jewelry that are now available to shop at Ibu. The collection is a definition of powerful women who practice traditional age old textile methods that have been passed down from generations.

After a year of designing and traveling around the world, this past Wednesday, Ali and Susan presented the collection to a group of 400 people. Guest got the chance to watch the collection as it made its make debut and shop the collection. BEAU was there to give you a peek of the inspiring event.

Clothing is the cultural language and Ibu is making each piece statement from the group of people who inspired and produced it.Join the movement. Wear the Change. Shop the Ali4Ibu collection and to learn more at

Photo’s by Cristian Diaz

Story by Jonatan Guerrero Ramirez

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Spoken Word Charleston

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”  -Robert Frost

Here in Charleston, the poetry spoken word movement is making its mark on the Lowcountry. Spoken word has been around for many years and is performed by people of all walks of life: Poets, musicians, alchemists, cosmonauts, artists, wordsmiths, free spirits, robots.

In our LGBTQ community, spoken words are demonstrated to express one’s self and share a thought or experience with others. TyQuan Morton of Charleston began writing poetry in the 5th grade, but it wasn’t until recently that he started taking it more seriously. Two years ago, he hit the spoken word stage of Charleston and has been going to open mics around the city to let his voice be heard. Last week, he hit the stage at Fabulon, an LGBTQ friendly art gallery with an art school space where people can collect and create art while inspiring other students. This was the first of more to come “Fabulous Nights” presented by The Unspoken Word and We Are Family. Fabulous Nights begins a series of events in this creative space where all queer and trans folks are welcomed and everyone can perform and enjoy poetry, music, stand-up comedy, and more.

The night was alive with heart felt art as people performed and shared poetry. TyQuan’s poetry was personal and he let his audience feel the emotions of the words through music. “Spoken word is for everyone,” TyQuan says, “You find your voice, but also realize finding your voice takes time. And no matter what it is, someone will fall in love with it.”

I surrender my body to your circadian rhythm and dance, to these words I am unfamiliar with and do not have time to examine…

On Venus, I can open this painted Pandora box in my chest, so you can leave your carbon footprint…

Earth’s gravity has denied this sonnet from my lips”

-TyQuan Morton

To join the Spoke Word movement, submit poetry to

To stay up-to-date with open mics and slams, follow The Unspoken Word on Facebook @UnspokenWordsmiths

Photo’s and Words by Jonatan Guerrero Ramirez