The one thing all Wisteria employees have in common is their piles. Call those piles a source of creativity, research resources, or future purchases, they are everywhere. Walking from office to office, you might discover anything from stacks of books to a stockpile of toys. But it’s always amazing to see a pile start as a source of inspiration and turn into a Wisteria product.
All items for June, 2009
We view our artisans as partners and look for like-minded organizations that are just as committed to their employees, community, and the environment as they are dedicated to great quality and interesting design. The company below lives up to our expectations and makes some of our favorite felt items including the Raggamuffin House, the Felt Animal Set, and the Egg Cups and Covers.
Located in Jaipur, India, this company’s vision was born from the desire to strengthen the artisan community in India by promoting traditional crafts, particularly the art of making felt. Only a few communities in rural India still practice this ancient tradition and the craft was on the verge of becoming obsolete. This company employees more than 150 women felt makers or “pinjaras”. Because they have families to care for, most of the women would not be able to work outside their homes. In collaboration with a UNICEF supported program, this vendor provides skill-building jobs and allows the artisans to care for their children and households while working in their homes. The opening, dyeing, cutting, and stitching of wool is done by these talented women.
Did you know? Jaipur was planned according to principles of Hindu architectural theory. It is one of the best-organized cities in Asia. When the Prince of Wales visited Jaipur in 1853, the whole city was painted pink. It is known as the Pink City because of its distinctive look and the fact that many streets, parks, and buildings are still painted pink today.
One of the most bizarre and wonderful things about what we do is the constant juggling of current catalogs and upcoming catalogs. On the one hand, most of us are constantly confused about what month we’re actually in. But on the other hand, we’re always looking forward to something new. You might receive the April catalog, and we’re already in the preplanning stages of our holiday catalog.
We just finished photographing our August and September catalogs, so we thought we’d share a glimpse into our crazy, ever-changing world. Behind every photo is a story; here’s a bit of our story.
Each year Southern Living features beautiful homes and interior design through its Idea Houses. In 2008, they featured several pieces of furniture and accessories from Wisteria in the Fort Worth Idea House (in Fort Worth, Texas). Since the house was within driving distance for us, many of the Wisteria employees were able to visit the house and see our products featured in a completely new environment. That relationship with Southern Living worked out so well that they decided to feature us in both of their Idea Houses this year! It’s so great to know others appreciate our products, and we love seeing their ideas for using them. Below are some pictures from the Southern Living Idea House in Mustang Island, Texas. You can see our products in the Dahlonega, Georgia Idea House as well the Mustang Island one. We always enjoying seeing our products styled in a fresh way, and we’d love to see your ideas. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with images of Wisteria products in your home. We’ll feature some of the pictures in an upcoming blog post.
The Fisher House program is a private-public partnership that supports America’s military families in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation builds and donates “comfort homes,” on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times, during hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.
At least one Fisher House is located at every major military medical center and at many VA medical centers to assist families in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Annually, the Fisher House program serves about 10,000 families, and has made available nearly 3 million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990. No family pays to stay at any Fisher House.
In addition to constructing new houses, Fisher House Foundation continues to support existing Fisher Houses and help individual military families in need. By contributing to Fisher House Foundation or any individual Fisher House facility, you can make a difference in the lives of America’s service members, retirees, veterans and their families when they need help the most.
For more information, go to www.fisherhouse.org.