Shop apron made from
Sandscapes marble fabric #20475M98
I met Deborah Edwards at the National Stationery Show in May 2013. The booth was decked out in Sustain & Heal fair trade marble paper from Bangladesh, but Deborah had other things on her mind. Three weeks prior a garment factory collapsed in Dhaka, killing 1,129 people. Over half of the victims were women, with their children in nursery care, who were ordered to return to work after structural damages had been detected. We talked about the difference in working conditions that Prokritee provides for their artisans. Deborah is a fabric designer for Northcott in Canada. Little did I know that 18 months later our conversation would amount to a line of marble fabrics called Artisan Spirit Sandscapes in 60 colors! The artisans will profit from every yard sold. Deborah wrote to me on Oct 28, 2014:
“ I just returned from Quilt Market in Houston. The Sandscapes collection was featured and was the hit of the show! Our sales reps were so moved by the story behind the collection, and the shops just loved the collection. I think the organization [Prokritee] will be very happy with the royalty checks that result from the sales.”
Below are photos from Houston. Featured in the display are photos of the artisans by Amanda Valloza Hlavaty. Thank you Deborah, Amanda, and Northcott!