Wednesday, February 9, 2011

12 small things by HAND/EYE

Have you heard of 12 small things by HAND/EYE?  If not, take a moment to learn about this amazing organization:

12 Small Things by HAND/EYE offers high quality, handmade, artisan goods from around the globe. Our collections support craftspeople working to improve the lives of their families and communities in some of the most challenging situations on the planet. Their stories are those of strength, hope, and beauty, and each of our products reflects these qualities in their design and craftsmanship. 12 Small Things by HAND/EYE strives to assist these communities and artisans through commerce.

I am likely posting this a little too late for gift purposes, but take a look at just a few of the items from the Valentine's Day collection, which support struggling communities:

hand woven jeweled clutch ~ Pakistan

glass shell necklace ~ Ghana

wood heart bowl ~ Haiti

tagua nut bracelets ~ Colombia

It's crazy how things work... I stumbled upon this organization yesterday, wrote up this post, and then decided to go to West Elm's site to see if they had any new lamps. I got the chills when I saw this:

Hearts for Haiti:  
Have a heart. Our ongoing collaboration with the nonprofit HAND/EYE Fund and HAND/EYE Magazine led us to these beautiful and unique papier-mâché pieces. Handcrafted by the artisans of Caribbean Craft, an artisan’s collaborative in Port au Prince, Haiti, these whimsical ornaments make a bright, festive statement suspended in multiples in a window or displayed in a bowl. Best of all, 10% of the proceeds of each sale goes back to the HAND/EYE Fund to benefit the artisans behind the hearts.

So weird to see this the same day...but amazing!  I hope you are having a great week!


Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Great link, I'm bookmarking it for sure. And great picks!

SaharG said...

What beautiful items from a terrific organization! Thank you for sharing! Sahar

Val said...

Very cool!! I love buying things that have a cause! The necklace is gorgeous.

Jennifer D. said...

I love this, Suzie. Your great cause posts give me that warm fuzzy feeling! :o) Thank you for sharing! to check out the site!


PS...sorry about the Steelers. :) Chris is still angry about it! Ha ha

Torrie said...

I always love your gift picks, and this does sound like a great organization. I'm saving it for future gift-shopping. :)

Torrie said...

And how cool that it came up again via West Elm... love it when those types of moments occur.

Sarah@Designmarc said...

Fantastic! You have such a big heart to be posting all of these wonderful causes. Thanks so much for sharing!