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SPECIAL COMMISSION: Starfish for Soledad O’Brien Foundation

Mignon partnered with renowned journalist Soledad O’Brien on a design for the young women graduates of the Soledad O’Brien + Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation. starfish on ribbon_1_2The foundation provides the help and guidance that a select group of hardworking young women scholars need to succeed.  Mignon’s design is inspired by the starfish story that guides Soledad’s cause:

Countless starfish have washed ashore on a beach and are dying off. A little boy is picking up starfish on the beach and tossing them back into the ocean in hopes they will survive. A man walks by and asks him why he is doing something so futile.

“There are hundreds,” he points out, “What difference will it make?”

The boy then picks up a starfish, throws it into the sea and says, “It will make a difference to that one.”

The sterling silver Starfish Pendant is accented with a deep blue crystal and strung on a silk ribbon.  The design is dedicated to the gifted young ladies who participate in and excel under the Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond Foundation’s plan.  Mignon Faget donated the necklaces to the foundation.

The Starfish Necklaces were gifted to this year’s graduating class of the scholarship and mentorship program during a New Orleans inspired gala held at Donna Karen’s Stephen Weiss Studios in Greenwich Village. Titled “New Orleans to New York City”, the event featured Creole cuisine and authentic New Orleans jazz. You can follow the foundation on Twitter, @SoledadFdn.

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Mignon Faget Awards and Honors

 MIGNON FAGET Awards + Honors

Artist and designer Mignon Faget has been recognized throughout her career for her philanthropic efforts.  She has created exclusive designs for fundraising purposes to aid various organizations such as the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Orleans Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Ballet Association, Newcomb College, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and Arts Council of New Orleans.  She donated the building that housed her gallery on Dublin Street and has  created a series of wearable ornaments to benefit the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans.  Faget collaborated with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to aid in the rebuilding of the historic New Canal Lighthouse.  Currently some of her designs benefit Woodlands Trail and Park and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana to help save Louisiana’s wetlands.

In addition, she has received many outstanding awards and honors.

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Mignon Faget Exhibits



2011           Mignon Faget: A Life in Art and Design

Louisiana State Museum on Capitol Park, Baton Rouge, LA


2010           Mignon Faget: A Life in Art and Design

                   The Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans

     Women Artists in Louisiana, 1965-2010

                    New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans

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