Knowledgeable and Socially Responsible Purchasing in the Hand-woven Carpet Industry Bourbon and Beer Reception

Friday, October 12   3:30 pm

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Presentation by Nina Smith, Executive Director, GoodWeave and Andrew Neave, Artistic Director of Lapchi, LLC.

Bourbon and Beer reception to follow with Burnside Bourbon courtesy of local distillery, Eastide Distilling

This important and thought-provoking presentation will cover key aspects to consider when sourcing imported floor coverings for design projects, such as: why purchase handmade carpets and comparisons to machine made, sustainability, the social impact of product choices, responsible design as a smart business decision, plus an overview of materials and fabrication, including weaving, wool types and wool qualities, silk, and dyeing techniques.

Nina Smith will provide a short background on Goodweave, its impact and programs with incredible location photographs by Roberto Romano, plus information on the standards and certification process, the impact the organization has had in the marketplace, and how architects and designers can take a stand and make a difference.

Andrew Neave, Artistic Director for Lapchi, LLC.

Andrew Neave has spent over 30 years in the design world earning both a bachelor’s and Masters degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) where he graduated with honors, and taught in their summer student program.  He has worked as a designer and teacher in the fashion, interior, and product design fields, as well as theater production design. Andrew spent seventeen years as a senior sales and design consultant for Steven King Inc., placing himself in the forefront of custom carpet sales in the country. Andrew is the Artistic Director for Lapchi Hand Woven Carpets & co-manager of Atelier Lapchi in the Pacific Design Center, LA, CA.

Nina Smith, Executive Director, GoodWeave.org

Nina Smith launched GoodWeave’s US organization in 2000 and is the current Executive Director. Since then Nina has worked to end child servitude in the handmade carpet industry in India and Nepal and now Afghanistan. A fair trade advocate and marketing professional for over 15 years, Nina won the 2005 Skoll award for Social Entrepreneurship, acknowledging her work to employ market strategies for social change.

About Lapchi
Lapchi carpets are hand-woven works of enduring beauty, with patterns derived from centuries of Art, Design and Culture. Lapchi reliably delivers products of unsurpassed quality, utilizing a sustainable process, which respects the materials and honors the lives of the people who make them. All Lapchi carpets have been Goodweave certified since 2002.

About GoodWeave
GoodWeave works to end child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in weaving communities. The organization, which operates in rug-producing and -importing countries in Europe, North America and Asia, accomplishes this work through: Inspections & Monitoring, Rescue & Education, and a Consumer Awareness Campaign. When GoodWeave was founded, there were one million children working in the South Asian rug industry. Today child labor is down 75 percent, in large part due to GoodWeave.

GoodWeave: http://www.goodweave.org
Lapchi: http://www.lapchi.com
Eastside Distilling: http://www.eastsidedistilling.com

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