Creating fairer and more sustainable conditions for trade in the developing world is a pressing global concern. As Global Exchange Fair Trade Store Manager Kara Roguly states, “Fair Trade provides the opportunity for conscious consumption rooted in the celebration of craftsmanship; the enforcement of workers’ rights; and the empowerment of artisans and farmers around the world. Fair Trade stores generate income for thousands of artisans and their families, offering consumers the opportunity to learn about and connect to the producers while putting their money where their values are. At the origin of every Fair Trade product is a story of preserving culture, supporting community and sustaining the planet. I was lucky to be able to experience Bells of Mindfulness. Tiffany’s installation created a space that inspires and cerebrates culture, community, and sustainability.”
Director of Indika, Farinaz Wadia, states “Indika is an idea that grew out of our love of India’s creative traditions and our interest in social welfare. We are connected with a handful of organizations around India that work to bring employment to artisans and keep traditional skills alive. These organizations are focused on ecological awareness and self-sustainability. In the face of harsh climates and natural disasters, their work pushes boundaries socially, economically, and technologically. The unique nature of their lives can be felt in the things they produce. Part of our philosophy involves buying what is offered for sale - never dictating to the artisans what should be produced for the western market. You will find that the items we offer have a distinctive quality. We feel this is due to the fact that they are created in an environment so completely different from ours - in this lies their beauty.”
Hello from the Moon
With a few of my favourite things, backyard shoot under the stars.