Celebrate International Women's Day

For over 100 years, International Women's Day (this March 8, 2016) has been drawing attention to the value, needs, and rights of women around the world. This cause is close to our hearts, and we are doing what we can by bringing to you designs from artists' collectives and Fair Trade companies that support women abroad, as well as women-owned businesses here at home. Join us in saluting some of our favorite women designers, artisans and entrepreneurs.

For over 100 years, International Women's Day (this March 8, 2016) has been drawing attention to the value, needs, and rights of women around the world. This cause is close to our hearts, and we are doing what we can by bringing to you designs from artists' collectives and Fair Trade companies that support women abroad, as well as women-owned businesses here at home. Join us in saluting some of our favorite women designers, artisans and entrepreneurs.

  • Ellen Bartfeld

    Stained glass has been part of Ellen Bartfeld's work as an artist for over 35 years. She loves the way the glass reflects natural light and compliments interior surfaces. Her glass bowls are one-of-a-kind pieces hand-crafted to reflect the natural beauty surrounding Gravity Ranch, the home her husband and she built in the remote hills of Santa Ynez.

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  • Sarah Welch

    Sarah Welch was first introduced to ceramics through a year long apprenticeship with a traditional master potter in Vienna, Austria. After studying art in Austria and California, she earned a BFA in ceramics/sculpture. Since graduating she has shown her sculptural and functional work both nationally and internationally. Sarah enjoys making pottery, where she finds the fusing of beauty with function an inspiring challenge. The long tradition of pottery and its intimate place in daily life inform the artistic choices she makes.

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  • Michale Dancer

    Michale Dancer, a creative director and product developer, has been involved in the fashion, architectural and interior design profession for most of her life. She became an entrepreneur at an early age, when she started one of the first vintage clothing stores in New York City. Then, she developed a fashion manufacturing company, was Director of Interior Design at Macy's San Francisco and was an Architectural Consultant for DuPont.

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  • Alexandra Paliwoda

    Alexandra began working with metal in year 2000 when she was certified as a farrier by Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana forging horseshoes for various horseshoeing applications. Working with horses and in agriculture, living a subsistence lifestyle in Alaska, building her own cabin in the north country, and tending to explore the road less traveled, Alexandra feels that the important things in life, when the day is done, are the experiences.

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  • Tulianna and Alejandra Garces

    After immigrating to the US from Colombia in 1985, Tulianna Garces never forgot her home and the devastation that more than fifty years of civil war can have on an innocent population. She began teaching children from low income families everything from theater to printmaking. It was here that she was inspired to create collaborative pieces that have passed through many hands, dedicated to the idea that all citizens of the world deserve to live safely and at peace.

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  • Amy Taylor

    Amy Taylor has always been a creative soul. At a young age, she fell in love with fashion design and pursued an education and career in the field for several years before needing a change. When she starting working for an online women’s magazine, she discovered her love of writing and graphic design.

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  • Heather Swanepoel

    Heather Swanepoel was in desperate need of a creative outlet -- a hobby. It all started in 2002 when she couldn't knit. She was working on the Supercross Circuit and traveling across the country almost every week. She'd taught herself to knit, but couldn't really knit anything other than squares and rectangles. Heather then transferred her creative energy to soap making by taking a class with her crafty mom. Once their concoctions were uncovered, Heather's soap was perfect and, ironically enough, her mom's soap did not turn out. Since then, Heather and her husband have created a soap-making family business.

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  • Britta Ambauen

    Britta Ambauen's jewelry balances simplicity and intricacy, sophistication and youthfulness. Her designs feature clean lines, delicate details, and unique forms. She believes that thoughts shape the world. The thoughts we revisit hour after hour, day after day, and year after year become our reality. Those silent musings shape our words, actions, outlook, and interactions. We are powerful beyond measure. She strives to infuse the ideas she contemplates most into her jewelry, and hope that the pieces her customers wear will help remind them of the thoughts they wish to manifest.

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  • Valerie Carmet

    As a mosaic design artist, Valerie introduces groundbreaking techniques to modernize the centuries old mosaic art to the level of contemporary interior and exterior designs. She uses traditional mosaic tiles, stained glass, dishes and mixed media as well as recycled materials such as seashells, toys and others mixed with modern supplies and innovative ideas to appeal to her sophisticated clients for all their interior design needs. In the past 15 years she has designed piece of art for kitchens, bathrooms, floors, walls, pools as well as decorative objects, fine art and much more.

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  • Jacie Anderson-Coovert

    After 8 years as a Textile Designer for a large retailer, Jacie took the leap to pursue her growing (pun intended?) side-business full time. Terrariums allow her to combine her love of hand-making, gardening, surface design, and pop culture into one business. Jacie's favorite thing about design is its ability to be an emotional connector between the creator and the viewer - it's pretty much magic. Quality is also very important to her - she believes in investing in great materials while keeping retail prices as affordable as she can, so everyone can enjoy.

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  • Emilie Shapiro

    Emilie Shapiro is a traditionally trained metalsmith who uses contemporary techniques and experimentation to guide her through her work. Working mainly in recycled silver, bronze, nickel-free brass & copper, she also uses gemstones for their transcendant qualities.

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  • Heather Kelly

    Heather Kelly is a suburban Chicago native who currently lives with her husband and four boys. A former Executive Assistant, she was driven to the confectionery market out of pure curiosity and the desire to make extra money for her busy family. With a couple of ingredients, she began experimenting with hard candy concepts and ways to make them unique and creative. Candy-making is an old process dating back to the 1800s. She uses an old process along with modern-day technology and innovative concepts to transform ordinary lollipops into the extraordinary.

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