Textiles

Textiles

Genish Mahal

Fair Trade Items from Nepal

After 30 years in Nepal a new chapter is just beginning. It is an exciting time not just for us but for the wonderful people we work with in Nepal. Children are growing up and taking their place in the struggle for dignity and fairness. Fair Trade is an ever increasing idea, whose merits appeal to more and more consumers. And the value of girls and women in education and the marketplace are finally being recognized.

Over the years we have also supported the “girl child education fund” which was initiated by the Association for Craft Producers, a non-profit which provides low income women with skills training and employment. A couple of years ago we were dismayed to learn that there wasn’t enough money in the fund to keep the girls in school. We promised to do what we could and the Power of 5 was born, raising enough money through donations to fund the project on an annual basis. Now 180 children are able to stay in school

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  • Hometown Nepal

Queen Bee Creations

Queen Bee began in the corner of my Olympia, WA bedroom in 1996. But long before that, I was growing up sewing & crafting with my artist Mom and filmmaker Dad. I was always making things, and started selling the clothing, accessories, and jewelry that I was creating in high school and college. I didn’t set out to start a business but when what I was doing started to catch on, I decided to quit my two other jobs and dedicate myself to working on my business, to see if it could fly. I hit the ground running and haven’t looked back since. In the many years since I started down this wild road, I’ve had the opportunity to work with and learn from so many talented people. All of us have put our energy into creating what you see here, now.

Queen Bee Creations is the original collection that started it all: waterproof faux-leather bags & wallets with graphic applique stitched details – this is the look that we are most known for. More recently we’ve expanded into using weather-resistant waxed canvas for many of our items.

Rebecca Pearcy Textiles is our newest brand and is inspired by an apprenticeship that I did at Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop in 1997. I learned how to design repeating patterns and screen print by hand on 25 yard long tables – it was true love. Ever since then, I’ve been yearning to set up my own textile printing studio, which we have now and use to design & print the fabrics for this line.

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  • Hometown Portland, Oregon

Vestiges

The inspiration behind Vestiges Inc. hearkens back to an era when life was simple and vacation memories were captured through unique keepsakes like the souvenir kitchen towel. Vestiges Inc. is reviving this beloved vintage tradition and breathing new life into these treasured tea towels.

Creators Mary Lazarus and Lucy Pellizzer met thanks to a mutual appreciation for language, travel and design. After 22 years of fun and friendship, the two embarked on another adventure together, Vestiges. Inspired by beautiful souvenir towels discovered during a trip to Europe, Vestiges was created to bring back the same kind of lovely souvenir towels to the U.S.

By designing new eye-catching towels for states, cities and landmarks around the country, they are continuing the time-honored tradition of collecting souvenir towels that began in America during the 1930s.

Vestiges has produced more than 80 unique, hand-illustrated designs in five collections, representing all 50 states, Washington D.C. and regions around the globe in partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. The towels are exclusive one-of-kind designs, and truly small pieces of art that are affordable, useful and a great addition to any kitchen no matter what state it is in.

Vestiges, by definition, means the last small traces or visible signs left by something that once existed, and that is precisely what Vestiges Inc. is aiming to do. Preserve, enhance and create the time-honored and celebrated tradition of the souvenir tea towel.

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  • Hometown Minnesota

Scatterbrain

I’ve always loved drawing, and am living the dream by being able to draw as a profession. That love of creativity is evident in the unique, screen printed neckties we make.

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  • Hometown Utah

Alchemy Good

People say that “necessity is the mother of invention,” and that’s exactly the way Alchemy Goods got started. My messenger bag got stolen and I needed another one. But the perfect messenger bag eluded me.

There were always extra inner tubes lying around my apartment, and I realized that I could probably build the perfect bag out of stuff I already had. The first prototype was born on my home sewing machine. It wasn’t perfect, but it was exactly what I needed.

Soon, my friends wanted their own. Then local bike shops caught a glimpse and expressed interest. Each bag improved over the last. Thanks to my friends, demand grew and grew, which led to the founding of Alchemy Goods.

So to whoever it was that stole my bag…you were the inspiration for my imagination. Thank you.

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  • Hometown Washington