http://beehivehandmade.com

 

We're a couple that was brought together by our love of the craft of metalsmithing, working with hand tools, and making meaningful things. This was back when we were in art school, back when the idea of trying to earn a living making our own artwork seemed practically impossible.

A few years later, while living in an old New England farmhouse we had an idea for a collection of metal kitchenware. We took our inspiration from the practical and beautiful vintage kitchenware that we found at flea markets and estate sales, and got to work designing a collection of cups, spoons, and utensils. When we took our first samples to the American Craft Council show that winter, we never could have imagined the incredible response that our collection received. Realizing that we couldn't run a metalsmithing shop out of a farmhouse, we moved our studio to a 19th century mill in Fall River, MA and partnered with a generations old silversmithing company near Providence, RI to help with production. In 2014 we changed our name from Beehive Kitchenware to Beehive Handmade to reflect the expansion of our work into baby gifts, holiday ornaments, and jewelry. In 2015 we moved our studio to the historic harbor town of Bristol, RI.

In the years since 1999 when we first began producing our work, a few things have changed; we finally finished renovating our vintage cottage and we now work in a beautiful, light-filled studio, but the things that are important to us have not - making objects with meaning that are built to last. And finding time for long bike rides, and living and working close to the cool, blue, sparkling sea.

 

http://www.bamboozlehome.com

Our Mission

Bamboozle aims to merge nature and design at your dinner table, cocktail party, and in the kitchen. Clean modern lines combined with organic shapes, sophisticated colors, and subtle texture adds to the fusion of nature and modern refinement. Our broad selection of products give customers a wide range of items to suit their tastes and lifestyle. 

Our mission is to bring a unique perspective to the market with products that are practical, affordable, and beautifully designed. Bamboozle's collection is not only fashionable, it is a sensible and convenient step towards green living. With Bamboozle you no longer have to sacrifice style for sustainability.

We are committed to delivering quality products with the least impact on the planet and its people. To meet this commitment, all of our items are made from reclaimed, renewable, and biodegradable materials.

Bamboozle is passionate about making products with a purpose. We strive to inspire others to make a positive impact by choosing to use products that respect the environment.

 

http://www.asbworkshop.com

About

Sculptor Agelio Batle carries the spirit of nature's timeless forms in this series of graphite objects. Batle's reverence for organic forms was inspired by countless hours spent in the grandeur and wisdom of nature, intimately observing and studying. Further nurtured into being through Batle's formal studies in biology and art, this vision thrived and grew. Each graphite objects was meticulously created through a unique process he invented. Carbonaceous graphite (mineral remains of prehistoric plant life) was combined with smudge-resistant compounds under intense pressure. The mass then fused into expression of nature's enduring simplicity you see before you. All their surfaces can draw and the graphite will resist smudging onto your hands. Batle envisions these objects as sculptures, as much as they are implements for inspiring your own vision.

 

http://www.bidkhome.com

About BIDKhome

It started with a Dutch etagere in 1990. René Barreveld knew he had stumbled upon something special for American buyers, and began importing the intricate scroll-work shelves. From there, a company blossomed.

Today, BIDKhome remains a family-run wholesale business. In 2014, René's sons Sebastian and Eric took the helm. They continue to hand-select unique, ever-changing designs from Europe, while also ushering in renewed energy and fresh perspectives.

BIDKhome offers both traditional and contemporary European products for home, garden, gift, and hospitality. Headquartered in Cold Spring, New York, with showrooms in Atlanta, Georgia, and Wellesley, Massachusetts, BIDKhome delights thousands of buyers with alluring design, continually updated inventory, and dedicated service.

Whether you’re a retailer, restaurant, or designer, we look forward to helping you to create beautiful spaces that inspire.

BIDKhome is a wholesale company, and sells to businesses only. However, individuals can shop with our retail partner, Florijn. Located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and online, Florijn provides the latest European designs for everyday decor, seasonal accents, and entertaining.

Online Registration Required to view images

 

https://www.bridgeforafricawholesale.org/register.asp

Bridge for Africa Wholesale

Bridge for Africa is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting self-sufficiency and the dignity of work in rural African communities.

Bridge began in 2003 with the chance meeting of an African and an American in South Africa; they recognized that while the art emerging from Africa represents an extraordinary blend of tradition, vibrancy and the beauty of modern Africa, local markets are such that artisans are frequently not rewarded with a living wage for their work. These women from two continents then envisioned a non-profit organization committed to Building Resources to Inspire Dignity, Growth, and Empowerment (BRIDGE) through trade. Fair Trade practices – to which we adhere as a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation – offer the guarantee of fair wages, equal opportunities, safe working conditions, and long-term relationships built on mutual respect. Today, Bridge for Africa is a well-established and respected provider of fine contemporary crafts to the American market. We pay the artists a living wage, promote sustainable development in Africa, and educate consumers in the U.S. about the benefits of Fair Trade as a method to fight poverty in the developing world. Our goal is to provide consistent work and a living wage for the skilled artisans with whom we partner, enabling them to shape their own lives and thereby advancing hope for future generations.

Our Mission: Our mission is to realize the incredible potential for making a difference in African artisan communities by harnessing the outstanding artistic talent of African artisans to create marketable products for sale in the U.S.

Our products are currently located in over 300 stores across the U.S , 90 museums and 28 zoo's. 

Online Registration Required to view images

 

http://www.blackthorneforge.com/

Blackthorne Forge is owned and operated by Vermont blacksmith Steven Bronstein. He and his helpers have been creating functional and sculptural ironwork for over 25 years. At the forge you will see both the traditional and contemporary tools available to the modern blacksmith. His designs strive to blend the primitive charm of ironwork with the energy and interest of more contemporary design. Clocks, vases, bookends, floor lamps, sundials, garden sculpture and fountains are just a few of the objects for which Steven has sought to blend the functional with the sculptural. Relying on the qualities that make iron such a beautiful material, Steven’s pieces are both delicate and rugged. Blacksmiths have a three thousand year tradition that has changed and grown with the ages. This capacity to adapt and evolve with the changing designs of the day is the blacksmith’s greatest strength. Just as the hot metal twists and bends to create beauty, so does the craft of blacksmithing itself. Steven celebrates this aspect of his art and looks forward to all of its possibilities. Steven’s work is available in more than 100 galleries around the country.

 

http://www.atelierboemia.com/

ABOUT STACIE & SÉVERINE

atelier BOEMIA was first conceived in the spring of 2014 by two interior designers and great friends with a passion for travel.

séverine is Swiss and grew up between Zurich and Geneva, speaking French and (Swiss-) German at home. Extensive travels (and perhaps a tiny knack for language) made her fluent in English, Italian as well as Spanish.  Completing a degree in interior design in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2006, she worked for several years as a freelance designer until she met her partner in crime (and business) 6 years ago...

stacie is American and has lived in Switzerland since 2005 when her CFnO brought her back to his home country as a souvenir.  Stacie grew up in an entrepreneurial household and owes most of her fabulousness to her super creative mom who puts Martha Stewart to shame and her business savvy father (who can also turn quite a colorful phrase as any good Texan can).  After studying Economics and International Business, she worked in the family design build firm until going out on her own as an interior designer in 2003.

 

http://www.cathayana.com/

 

http://zoachimerum.com/

Zoa Chimerum Jewelry, a biomorphic, deceptively soft, touchable line of rubber jewelry inspired by the growth patterns of flora and fauna.

Zoa Chimerum Jewelry is a partnership between Creative Director Sue-Yee Leung and Design Director Ian Henderson. Ian has designed jewelry for twenty years. They met at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. 
Zoa Chimerum is biomorphic handmade jewelry featuring rhythmic, flowing patterns of cut rubber layered over forged aluminum. The collection conjures images of prickly sea creatures and thorny blossoms, but uses soft rubber to ensure each piece is comfortable to wear and pleasantly tactile. 
Our designs are developed intuitively and iteratively as dialogue with process and material. We set up rules for ourselves at the start of a project, and follow those rules. Each segment of rubber is cut and assembled in accordance with a predetermined procedural requirement. Rather than making and assembling the small pieces in service to a predetermined form, we make and assemble small pieces in accordance with a rule set, which ultimately generates (grows?) a form that we would not have imagined otherwise.

 

 

http://www.duo-duet.com/

Our Business

Our business is shaped by our clean, minimal aesthetic, our methods of approaching design through experimentation, and the overall look of our brand. We not only consider the design of each piece, but consider the way it's presented and packaged. Our pieces are defined by all the details, the materials chosen, the clasps, the mechanics, and these touches are what sets us apart. We also try to source local as much as possible. Providence and surrounding areas have such wonderful resources, thanks to the once dominate jewelry industry. Our use of AS220 community arts lab space, local casting and finding companies, and our extensive arts community friends and colleges help support and inspire our business.

 

http://www.edgewoodmade.com/

About Us

Philosophy
Edgewood Made exists within the intersection of nature and manufacturing.  Understanding the space in which these entities coexist is at the foundation of what drives our design. We utilize nature as our inspiration and manufacturing as our medium – following the rules that both set in place, but never allowing for one take over the other.

Product
Edgewood Made creates goods for every aspect of life in the home. We believe that well-made objects should be a part of our everyday lives, and that these objects should intrigue and draw in the user more and more with each use.  Our forms and proportions reference nature and its hidden geometries that dictate how natural structures grow and form shape.

Quality and Materials
Behind our products is a drive to not only bring manufacturing back to America, but also make sure that it is of the highest quality. For us this means obtaining materials at their rawest form, and maintaining close control over each step that brings them closer to functional objects. Great care is taken in each detail and step of our process, insuring that our craftsmanship is at the highest level.

 

http://www.eqpdgear.com/

From the very start I set out to make a change. In our country, in the objects we design and the way we incorporate them into our life. Formally trained at the Rhode Island School of Design and a freelance product designer for almost 20 years, I approach all design projects through the lens of Industrial Design. This foundation results in solutions that are fundamentally different than the corporate, image-driven, over featured, secretly made, copycat designs that currently fill our choices. I want to remind us of a forgotten art and make a fundamental change in the creation of everyday goods. Step 1 - get back to honest simplicity and durable construction.

In the 1970's German industrial designer Dieter Rams introduced the idea of sustainable development and articulated what is now celebrated as the "ten principles of good design". These rules, now almost 50 years old seem to be a forgotten behavior and are more appropriate today than ever. They represent the soul of Industrial Design and eqpd believes deeply in carrying this torch. 

 

http://www.kimerixon.com/

Handcafted Beaded Jewelry by Balinese Artisians

By purchasing from our handcrafted beaded jewelry collections you are helping to keep alive the fine art of Balinese handwork and the employment of the artisans that love to create this wearable art for you!

Kim’s design experience is reflected in her current glass beaded jewelry collections of wearable art. Always being a step outside the current market of mass production design, Kim Erixon and her small group of skilled Balinese artisans  have been creating uniquehandmade jewelry, tableware and handcrafted accessories together for over 20 years.

From the years 2007 through 2009 her collections were sold exclusively on the shopping channel in Japan where the demand for perfect quality became the cornerstone for the detailed excellence of the current final product.

By taking full responsibility for her artisans welfare and teaching them beading techniques new to the craftsmen there she has formed a unique business partnership.

About Kim Erixon

Kim holds a degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado in Boulder and has taken her love of cultural diversity and indigenous wearable art as an expression of cultural identity; from designing clothing collections in India, having a Folk Art gallery in San Francisco and designing textiles for production in Japan, Italy, Korea, Hong Kong, India and the United States.

 

https://www.escamastudio.com/

Escama Studio is a social enterpise based in California and Brazil. Our mission is to create innovative on-trend fashion accessories while promoting sustainable development through trade.

The word 'Escama' means 'fish scales' in Portuguese; the name was chosen because our flagship product -- crocheted accessories with post consumer pull tabs -- appear as if they're made from big metallic scales of a fish.

To achieve our unique aesthetic, the Escama Studio team adapted traditional Brazilian crochet work and imbued the handmade crafts with a modern design sense and new materials. With designs originating from both San Francisco and Brazil, the pop top bags are handmade in Brazil by artisan groups who are not just contract manufacturers, but an integral part of Escama Studio.

Escama Studio is a green company, a fair trade company and an ongoing experiment in sustainability. We measure our success by the strength of our partnerships with producers in underprivileged communities and by the sense of wonder that our products bring to our fans worldwide. We are all sincerely grateful for every customer who loves these handbags and supports this venture.

 

http://www.faiforlife.com/

ABOUT

Patty Nulph has been presenting collections to the wholesale marketplace since 1983. She began by importing and selling one of a kind jewelry, beads, and textiles. Surrounded by beautiful art, ethnic culture and influenced by her travels she set up a design studio in Tacoma, Washington and created her first sterling silver group in 1993. A trip through Japan with her mother in 1997 led to the creation of the "Temple Series" which has served as the building block for the contemporary feel of FAI today.

Her work is sold throughout the United States in Museum stores, galleries and gift shops and fine women’s clothiers and has been sold internationally in Canada, Central America, Europe and Japan.

 

http://globalgoodspartners.org/collections/jewelry?gclid=CKiZtafGvM4CFY88gQodHssOWQ

OUR FOUNDERS' STORY
 

As professionals in the international development field, Catherine Lieber Shimony and Joan Shifrin traveled to impoverished areas around the globe to support community-based economic initiatives. Time and time again, they met dynamic women that were producing beautiful, handmade goods, yet lacked access to sustainable markets in which to sell their products. Catherine and Joan saw first-hand how women in marginalized communities throughout Asia, Africa, and the Americas were able to advance their families’ well-being only after their income was stabilized. In 2005, Catherine and Joan were inspired to found Global Goods Partners to create effective income-generation opportunities for women and their communities through access to the consumer market for handmade, fair trade products.

 

http://www.focuscorp.us/

ABOUT US

Focus America Corporation was established in August 2012 with a single purpose – to bring ‘Made in Japan’ craftsmanship, quality and design to the world.

We collaborate with manufacturers to select and develop items suited for the discerning US consumer. By forging partnerships with manufacturers and craftsmen, Focus America is able to deliver innovative and beautiful products for home, kitchen, and lifestyle use.

We offer a wide range of products from traditional Japanese to simple, modern designs. Our goal is to source the unique and hard-to-find, exposing new consumers to the best Japan has to offer.

 

http://www.gleena.com/

Founded in 2005, gleena studio is located in Pawtucket, RI. All gleena tableware pieces are porcelain and are hand poured and crafted in small batches. We mix our own porcelain slip and glazes using food-safe clays and minerals.

"gleena" means "clay" in Russian. Our organic shapes, soft sugary colors, and imagery are inspired by childhood summers spent at grandma’s country house outside of St. Petersburg, Russia. Surrounded by carefully tended gardens and apple trees, the country house was a gathering place for family and friends. Evocative of those leisurely days, the gleena line is meant to be used on a daily basis.

gleena porcelain is dishwasher safe, but we do not recommend it for the microwave.

 

http://www.kevinharristextile.com/

 

http://www.harshitadesigns.com/

ABOUT US

Inspired by her grandmother in Kolkata, India, Harshita Lohia took to craft and arts at the early age of ten. Belonging to the sixth generation of the Chamong tea family, business skills came naturally to Harshita. Her early interest was making and selling cards and envelopes for weddings. At age thirteen her father gave her a set of paint brushes and a wide variety of paints and from that moment Harshita developed her serious interest in fine arts. At age fifteen she held her first solo exhibition in Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata followed by a solo exhibition in Singapore at seventeen. In 1997, Harshita traveled to Chicago for summer school at the Art Institute of Chicago and a year later enrolled into Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. After finishing her BFA in textile design she went on to finish her Masters in Digital Printing from Philadelphia University. Harshita created Harshita Designs to carry on her mission of creating wearable art and original accessories. Her collections represent her rich heritage and her sensitive way of blending east and west.

At Harshita Designs you will find uniquely designed wearable art for women and men,including scarves, shawls, handbags, jewelry, tunics and jackets. Each creation starts with thoughtfully created designs. Carefully chosen colors and final designs are then printed or embroidered to enhance the wearable piece of art. The inspiration for Harshita's designs and colors comes from elements of nature, man made structures, symbols of Indian culture and simple geometrical figures and her choice of high quality material includes chiffon, crepe, georgette and charmeuse silk.

 

http://www.gogojewelry.com/

Gogo Jewelry has been transforming nature into wearable art for over 30 years…

 

It all begins with a daily journey through an old maritime forest to the beach, something glistens, uncovered by the tide, awaiting to be transformed into timeless jewelry. This is the routine of jewelry designer Janet 'Gogo' Ferguson. Cumberland is the southernmost of the Georgia barrier islands, home of the Carnegie family for seven generations.

 

Island matriarchs Lucy Carnegie and granddaughter Lucy Ferguson instilled their wisdom and passion for the natural beauty of the island in generations to follow. Growing up on Cumberland has gifted Gogo with an insatiable sense of wonder and respect for her surroundings; a legacy that is a constant in their transformations of the natural world into their designs.

 

In her extensive travels she has recognized the foundation that nature provides in design throughout all cultures - from adornment to functional art and sculptures.

 

Because every intricate detail of the original form is perfectly retained, holding a piece of Gogo jewelry in your hands feels like you are truly entwined with the spirit of the creature or plant that inspired it.

 

Gogo designed for the Atlanta Olympics, the G8 Summit Meeting held on St Simons Island at the Cloister, and has been featured in films as well as collected by many celebrities and dignitaries around the world.

 

In 2013 The High Museum in Atlanta Ga. honored Gogo with an eight month installation, Gogo: Nature Transformed, presenting the evolution of her creativity. Her most famous pieces were on display alongside exclusive designs created especially for the exhibit, as well as some of her first natural bone designs and pieces donated by celebrity clients. The exhibition then moved to the Montgomery Museum Of Fine Arts and is looking to move to New York City in 2015.

 

Most recently Gogo was featured on CBS Sunday Morning’s ‘Where Nature Feels Large’, where Gogo talks about life on Cumberland Island and the inspiration for her unique designs.

 

Look out for Gogo Jewelry in the upcoming science fiction movie 'Tommorowland', directed by Brad Bird, Featuring George Clooney. 

 

http://hippyfly.com/index.html

Hippyfly

   Hippyfly is wild about sharing our love of nature with you! We know that insects are mostly overlooked and often misunderstood but they are a crucial part of our fragile ecosystem. Our hope is that you too will see the tiny wildlife through a Hippyfly lens, and see just how beautiful a bug can be.
   Our 100% far-out cotton tees are made using eco-friendly water based inks. We are proud to make environmentally conscious choices in our company.    

 

http://www.tabbathahenry.com/

About Tabbatha Henry

I have been working in clay since I was a little thing and made my first sculpture, an ice cream sundae, only to be followed by a pair of owls on a log.  

I studied ceramics in earnest during college, then spent the next 10 or so years honing my technical skills during studio exchanges and work studies in private and community studios.  Finally, after learning what I could through sheer trial and error, yet still yearning for serious feedback and aesthetic criticism, I went back to graduate school.  I received my MFA from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005.  Ready to take on the world, I moved back to Vermont soon after, and in 2008 launched Tabbatha Henry Designs.   

 

The process of ceramics has fascinated me since my Intro to Ceramics class in college (or, if you ask my mom, even longer than that).  When working in clay, the first thing one might notice is a dialogue that emerges between themselves and the clay.  Whether trying something for the first time, or making something for the 100th time, there must exist an understanding between maker and material.  Really, it is the maker who must come to understand the material, but through doing so, the material becomes limitless.  My challenge, and perhaps everyone's who has ever worked in clay, has been to find the sweet spot between my needs and the capabilities of the material.  If the clay does not abide, then I, my approach, or my attitude, must work around it.  The process can be humbling and challenging, and keeps me on my toes.  Once I find that place though, the only limit is my imagination and willingness, or not, to succumb to the material.

I am of course inspired by the winter landscape here in Vermont.  The ever-changing subtleties of light and shadows and the resulting shapes and patterns are a constant source of awe.  Hiking through the woods and noticing the intricacies of the moss, the composition of leaves fallen on the ground now covered with frost, dark branches against the grey sky as they splay out from the trees, or the path of the half frozen river…though I have seen these things a million times, somehowit is always new and magical, as if for the first time. 

The influence of nature in this way, along with my love for the simple clean lines of Scandinavian design inspires me to make beautiful objects that even the most discerning animal would have in its den.

Mission

It is our goal to create inspiring designs infused with nature, crafted with integrity.

Each piece is made by hand in our Vermont studio.  Assisted by Greg Socinski and Jenn Anthony, I cast, decorate, fire, and ship from an old grist mill, overlooking an ever-changing river in Northern Vermont.   We do our best to create unique and inspiring works of art to be enjoyed for generations to come. 

 

http://www.italianissimoinc.com/

ABOUT US

Ciao !

ITALIANISSIMO® is a superlative that translates to very Italian, and is the essence of what we represent.

ITALIANISSIMO Inc. was founded in 1986 by Diane and Mauro Gennaretti (an "americana" from Boston and "italiano" from Roma), with the intent of introducing the U.S. market to a unique collection of contemporary design products of “very Italian” quality, style, and craftsmanship, never before seen in the USA.  

As the exclusive importer and wholesale distributor of products that ranged from hand-painted collectibles, to modern Murano glass vases, to designer kitchenware, to amazing wavy photo frames and avant-garde clocks, ITALIANISSIMO Inc. proudly represented numerous exciting and emerging Italian designers throughout the USA for well over 25 years.

As market trends and currencies made dramatic changes worldwide, in mid 2012, Diane and Mauro decided to take their many years of expertise to design and launch their very own brand of unique fashion jewelry called TUBINO, which is the Italian word for the legendary "little black dress", and literally translates to "little tube". 

True to its origins, TUBINO linkable jewelry by ITALIANISSIMO® is Made in Italy with "very Italian" quality, style, and craftsmanship.

Creative, colorful, versatile, and chic, TUBINO is a fresh, easy to wear, modern collection of luxurious soft Italian rubber bracelets and necklaces that link together with an array of beads that include industrial nickel-free metal, elegant handmade murano glass, and sparkling Swarovski crystals.

TUBINO offers unlimited creativity...endless combinations of colors and styles...from simple to elaborate...YOU design...any way...any wear!

We believe that TUBINO is as fun as it is fabulous, as creative as it is affordable, will never go unnoticed, and should always make you smile.

To this day, driven by our passion for modern Italian design, we continue our travels throughout Italy, meeting with artists, designers, and manufacturers, to discover creative and innovative new design products and ideas for our ever-evolving ITALIANISSIMO® collection.

GRAZIE...THANK YOU for your interest in finding out more about us.  We hope you enjoy discovering TUBINO as much as we have.

 

http://www.beimpressedbynature.com/

story

 

process

 

 

design

IMPRESSED by nature evolved organically from a desire to preserve the beauty of nature in a wearable form. An elementary teacher by trade, Kyla has been creating pressed flower jewelry since the summer of 2011. She has always loved creating things with her hands, including a thriving vegetable and flower garden in her backyard in Oakland, CA. Kyla has had a deep love for flowers from a very young age and she finds immeasurable joy in working with plants each day.  Like snowflakes, no two petals are alike, making her work inevitably one-of-a-kind and her job interesting.

IMPRESSED by nature's goal is to preserve the brief, wondrous life of a plant, in a simple and stylish way that allows botanical sublimity to speak for itself.

When Kyla began making floral jewelry in 2011 using the traditional pressing technique, she was inspired by the unique character of each petal and was determined to find a way to highlight those botanical details. Using alternative materials (lightweight plastic and earthy copper), IMPRESSED by nature's designs have an effortless feel, which allows the flowers to take center stage. Each piece of jewelry begins on a locally grown plant--sometimes even from my own garden! Once harvested, the plant materials are preserved in large wooden presses for four weeks. They are then sealed in a thin plastic, making them durable and lightweight, and cut by hand to ensure their integrity. The jewelry is created using copper findings to complement the natural tones in the petals and leaves. With every piece of jewelry we hope to connect individuals with nature in a beautiful, wearable form. 

IMPRESSED by nature offers a unique medium for wearing real floral jewelry. Pressed flower jewelry is typically made using glass or resin, which can be heavy, environmentally toxic, and distort the organic shape of the plant. Alternatively, using a thin, durable plastic sealant provides a very lightweight and natural looking product—as we can cut to the exact form of the petals—while also maintaining durability. From the earthy copper metal findings to the natural beads used to complement the flowers, the priority is highlighting nature. Many customers love to make a connection to the gifts they are buying; whether the rose petal earrings remind them of their grandmother’s garden or the sunflowers are their favorite flower, the focus on nature allows them to connect with the jewelry.

sustainability

IMPRESSED by nature is committed to building a sustainable organization using locally hand-harvested plant materials.  All preserving is done naturally using handmade wooden flower presses, which are energy-free, and as little plastic material as possible.  All packaging is made from recycled or salvaged materials.  In a world where much of fashion utilizes synthetic materials, IMPRESSED by nature jewelry aims to bring consciousness of plant life and the natural world to the forefront.

Click to read more about sustainability.

 

http://www.jacarandaliving.com/

 Jacaranda Living is a privately held company founded by Cathy and Martin Deale in 2004. It is headquartered in Wellesley, Massachusetts (a suburb of Boston). Cathy and Martin were born on the Kwa Zulu Natal coastline of South Africa and grew up there until 1997 when they moved with their two young children to live in Boston, Massachusetts. Cathy has always had a passionate interest in fine linens and enjoyed doing her own needlework. Jacaranda Living has enabled Cathy to convert her passion into a thriving North American business that also helps support producers whose personal circumstances are less fortunate than ours. 

It all started with Cathy’s admiration for the high quality of workmanship produced by talented local Zulu women along the South African coastline. She became determined to try and help them expand their market horizons beyond South Africa. Jacaranda Living (named after a beautiful lilac flowering tree that is prolific in South Africa) was established to support these many wonderful people and their families, who suffer daily with financial hardship and live in an environment that is further compromised by crime and AIDS.

On a trip back to South Africa, Cathy suggested to some embroiderers that she show their beautiful linens to some shops in North America. Of course they were delighted. So, armed with her basket of samples, Cathy walked in and out of gift stores on Newbury St in Boston and nearby Wellesley in Massachusetts. The first orders brought “whoops” of delight, and even more so when those shops reordered after selling out of their towels in only a few weeks.

From those humble beginnings, the company has been able to expand its product mix and introduce other items made by different groups of African women living under similar circumstances. More recently, new items made by women in other countries have been added. All our products are made of natural fabrics - pure cotton, linen, bamboo and silk. Our look is classic European – beautiful embroidery both by hand and machine, whispers of cotton lace, applique or simply unembroidered. In every case we strive to remain true to our mission – to produce beautiful, high quality linens and gifts in a socially responsible environment.

Cathy, Martin and the Jacaranda Living team are committed to supporting their customers with outstanding service. Martin handles business development, marketing, strategic organization and direction. Cathy's tireless energy focuses on the fun part of client interaction and product development. "It's a happy, exciting and fun place to work because our clients have become our best ambassadors" says Cathy.

We hope our products bring a little joy to your home; we know your support will enrich the lives of the women who made them.

Cathy and Martin Deale

 

http://www.judyjacksonstoneware.com/

I studied at Smith College, New York University Graduate School, Corcoran School of Art, Penland and Greenwich House Pottery. I am a founder of Tribeca Potters, a studio in New York, just outside Manhattan in Long Island City, shared by several other studio potters. The space is bright and very well equipped – we welcome visitors any time.

 

I am married with two grown children. My husband shares my love of beautiful hand crafted objects and a 6 month sabbatical was spent in a small 15th century village in Wiltshire, England, where I worked at Lacock Pottery and he studied cabinet making.

 

We live in a rambling Upper West Side apartment and I subway weekdays to my studio. We have built a house and studio in Litchfield County, Connecticut, and every weekend I can work in the country with a break now and then to take my two springer spaniels, Marley and Sam, on hikes. We are surrounded in both our homes with all manner of wood and ceramic treasures – collected from travels, shows and friends.