B I O G R A P H Y
Kyleigh has created projects in war torn countries for over a decade. In 1997, her family founded Roots of Peace, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming minefields into bountiful farmland--replacing the seeds of destruction with seeds of hope to transform "mines to vines".
In 2003, Kyleigh collaborated with Roots of Peace to construct new schools and soccer fields for Afghan students--a project that has since yielded six refurbished and newly constructed schools.
On her first visit to Afghanistan, she instantly fell in love with the bold lapis jewelry and vibrant carpets adorning the nomadic villagers and rural homes.
After graduating from UC Berkeley in Peace and Conflict Studies, Kyleigh commissioned local Afghan artisans to craft an evil eye necklace based on the illustrated eye adorning her copy of Brave New World. She produced her jewelry line based on this pendant with a clear purpose to employ a business model that provides economic stability for the people of rural and war-torn Afghan villages, while sharing the artistic talent and heritage of Afghanistan on a global scale.
Kyleigh splits time between New York City and Marin County. She and her partner, R.C. Brown built a houseboat in Sausalito and started a creative studio, The Clementina. They're currently building a premium spice company supporting Central Vietnamese farmers still recovering from the war.