Marleni Gutierrez, artist behind Hippie’s Urban Art, shares her story. See her products in our marketplace! Scroll down to see some of her work.

What do you sell?

I sell handmade jewelry and religious wood paintings. 

I make the jewelry by utilizing a variety of different materials like copper, gold field, macramé,  stones, seeds, corals, etc. The reason I started to make these products because of passion and later on I opened a store in Venezuela to sell to the public back in 2005. In Pittsburgh, I started the business through a foundation that helps immigrant and refugees, All for All.  

What does immigrating to the USA and to Pittsburgh mean to you? How do you feel about it?

Pittsburgh is a very nice city and I appreciate that they appreciate handmade things.

Does Pittsburgh make you feel welcome? Tell us more about it if you can.

Yes,  I was looking for a place to feel secure and Pittsburgh provides this to me. Also, Pittsburgh has given me happiness, peace, and personal and entrepreneurial growth.