I WAS INTERVIEWED FOR AN ARTICLE ON THIS SUBJECT RECENTLY. SEE THIS LINK
When I travel I am always on the hunt for beautiful objects that I feel would enhance an interior space. Being Sri Lankan born I have always wanted to support the local artisans so was very excited to be starting on this new exploration. In Sri Lanka I came across some exquisite ranges of home wares, textiles etc. all handmade. The products range from handloom fabrics, Palmyra leaves, coconut wooden items and more. It is a wonderful opportunity for me to support the local artisans and cottage industry in small villages through contemporary design, thereby keeping heritage crafts alive and allowing artisans to lead self-sustained livelihoods.
I had the opportunity to custom design some of the products in stainless steel, brass etc. along with sourcing a wonderful local weaving style of bedding, throws, cushions etc. I am hoping that this is the start of a journey of exploration that will benefit the local artisans of not only Sri Lanka but also my interior design business, which ultimately translates to benefiting my clients. In other words, maintaining the best interest of both the client and the local artisan.
For my first shipment I have tried to keep the product ranges in groupings of colour. Wendy Bradford Interior Design will be sourcing products that are sustainable and looking to keep traditions alive with artisans. I feel that I have only just scratched the surface. I didn’t have enough time to go to the many places that I wanted to. In Sri Lanka there is an abundance of quality product that is emerging. This is a country that has been at war for the past 20 years and if I am able to empower and protect some of these communities through introducing their talents to our community to me it will be a very rewarding achievement.