last week, i had the incredible opportunity to visit a shop dedicated to the means of fair trade with one of my classes. the organization, entitled ten thousand villages, devotes their time and money to giving less fortunate artists, from around the world, a means to make money by selling their personally hand-crafted goods. from jewelry to home-ware, each piece has been made with love and incredible artistry, which makes the goods they’ve crafted that much more valuable. for these individuals, the sales end up being the only source of income they’re pulling in, and it got me thinking about the things in life we take for granted. i’ve been known to get lost in the overwhelming stresses of life, especially as a college student working hard to obtain my degree, but visiting this store has reminded me how fortunate i am. so not only do the goods help out a worthy cause, but they’re fabulously crafted as well! how cute is this wedding card from bangladesh?
until next time.
happy friday loveleighs! ahhh, my first journey through the work of interning with loveleigh, and what a journey it was! i’m a city girl, always have been and always will be, but through my short time working in philadelphia thus far, i’ve come to realize how little i’ve actually explored of the city. so i thought, what better way to kick off my weekly posts than by exploring loveleigh’s very own backyard!
along with a group of seven of the greatest friends i have, we set off to the city with no real plan. while our first stop was shake shack on sansom, a place i’ve come to frequent a lot, we took our fries to go and walked towards the seaport. the weather proved to be exceptionally lovely that day, and so we spent some time basking in the natural breeze before making our way to city hall. we were surprised to find ice skating still running in dilworth park, but decided to give it a try and laced up our skates. multiple crashes occurred, of course, but much laughter occurred as well. we started our day a little later, so the sun had begun to set at this point, but the sunset combined with the atmosphere of good friends made the day magical. we finished off our day in rittenhouse square with a box of goodies from insomnia cookies, which i, as a sweet lover, had surprisingly never had before (but will make sure to have again in the future). at this point, we couldn’t stop yawning, but what better way to rate the success of your day!
growing up in the suburbs has found me in center city numerous times before, but i don’t think i’d ever had as much fun. every trip to the city i’ve had was predetermined, so the freedom that came from this spontaneous trip was something i didn’t realize i needed. i was able to not only ignore my stressful college lifestyle for a bit with friends, and ended up seeing center city in an entirely new way! so i’m leaving you with the idea of being spontaneous, loveleighs. sometimes a good time can start with exploring your own surroundings!
until next time.
between phillies post-season, flu-season, and danielle’s own wedding season we have slacked a bit on blogging. we have so many new projects to share!
we’ve been on some inspiring field trips as well. below are some shots from our studio tour of two paper dolls
— the well-known design group, based out of wayne, pa, who specialize in custom invitations. we had the honor of hearing the oh-so-inspiring owner + creative director, vanessa, tell her story of how she got where she is today. we left there with some big dreams…
check out their amazing studio and work…
the most delicate + beautiful laser cut we’ve ever seen.
demo on their original vandercook press.
this is the end result of that demo — a little graphic design humor.