Archive for May, 2011

Artterro’s Eileen Fisher Adventure

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

We’re back from our whirlwind New York City trip!  We couldn’t wait to share some of our favorite moments with the Eileen Fisher company and our fellow grant winners, so here’s a sneak peak of what we were up to last week–making great new friends and learning from inspiring, sustainable business role models.

From the left–our three fellow grantees Holli Harris, Esmerelda Kent and Kari Erickson-Valenzuela, Eileen Fisher herself, Forrest and Jen.

They hosted 2 mini trade shows for current and past grant winners at both the downtown design center/showroom and at corporate headquarters. Here’s Jen at the Artterro table.

Here’s Forrest telling the Artterro story at the mini trade show in the yoga room of the Manhattan design offices.

Out for lunch near the headquarters in Irvington.

Fellow grantee, Holli Harris of HadleyStilwell (maker of stylish and practical nursing clothes for working moms).

The beautiful Eileen Fisher headquarters in Irvington, NY. We've never seen so many people happy to be at work!

All in all, it was an amazing trip, and in our next post we’ll let you in on some of the insights we gained and how our Artterro momentum will build as a result.

Eco-Supplier Spotlight: Shizen Design Handmade Papers

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

If you’ve tried our Creativity, Bookmaking and/or Art Dolls Kits, you’ve probably been struck by the beautifully-designed, vibrant paper they feature.

Shizen Design Handmade Papers

Wondering where we found such unique, high-quality paper (and what exactly makes it eco-friendly)?  Here’s the secret:

Shizen Design Handmade Papers

Shizen (which means “nature” in Japanese) imports all the paper in our kits.  But this is no ordinary paper!

Shizen Design Artisan

Shizen’s paper is handmade by artisans in India and Thailand.

Paper Making

It’s entirely composed of scraps from the Indian Garment Industry, making it 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper.

Pouring Paint

The paper-making process is completely pollution-free.

Paper Making

A fantastic husband-and-wife team owns the company.  Neil and Shelly do an amazing job working with their contacts abroad to bring this paper to the US, and Shelly designs all the glorious patterns herself.

Shizen Paper

Thanks for helping to make our kits so beautiful, Shizen Design!

Bookmaking Kit