The Kyleigh Kühn School, Afghanistan:
Kyleigh works with Roots of Peace, her family's NGO, to raise the funds to support education in Afghanistan. Together, they have built 2 schools in Afghanistan from the ground up and refurbish 4 others. The school pictured here was one of the first buildings erected after the small town of Mir Bocha Kot was demolished by war.
Inlaid Afghan Jewelry:
Kyleigh collaborates with artisans in Afghanistan to create jewelry inspired by the ubiquitous and charmed "evil eye" she saw painted on the 'jingle trucks' throughout Afghanistan. The stones are inlaid lapis and quarts with 24K gold plating. They are sold at Opening Ceremony and here.
Jee Kim Carpet Collaboration:
Kyleigh teamed up with Jee Kim to transform her art into a hand woven wool carpet produced with women in Afghanistan. This carpet was woven with wool from Afghan sheep, the dyes are naturally derived from rocks and plants in the area and the work was completed by women within their homes, offering a source of income for often widowed families. The carpet sold to the Chair of the Princess Grace Foundation in 2015.
Yearbook Afghanistan creates a window into the true spirit of Afghan youth, displaying the playful and coy portraits of the students attending her schools. The yearbook layout appealed to Kyleigh as a way to bring solidarity to their new school, giving the kids a sense of pride and unity. There is a dignity captured in their portraits, portraying the students as a joyous and promising future for Afghanistan.