Are you familiar with NOVICA, the on line retailer of artisan wares? Until recently I was not, but after being contacted by a NOVICA representative and reading a few articles around the internet, I can now tell you how impressed I am not only with the products available on the website, but with the mission of the organization:
We want to give artists and artisans around the world a global platform to express their true artistic talents and to spur their creativity. And, we want to provide you with access to unique, hard-to-find items at great values that only the Internet infrastructure can allow.
At the deepest essence of our philosophy, we want to create a bridge between you and the many talented artisans across the globe.
We want you to know about who you're buying from. We want you to feel that attachment to the product and to the hands that created it.
In the spirit of the Internet, let us bring you together.
NOVICA. The World is Your Market.
I have always believed in the idea that traditional arts and crafts are incredibly important to the survival of cultures around the world, but also to the well being and livelihood of individuals and families within those cultures. The premise that these people have another opportunity to sell their products in a more global way through their affiliation with NOVICA, while allowing the purchaser to know about the artist, is fantastic. The artist is able to display their products on the NOVICA site for free and the company makes money only when a product sells. In an NPR interview, here is what NOVICA's Catherine Ryan (aptly named "The Wander Woman") says about the connection between the artist and buyer:
"If you go to a chain store world-art mart, you can buy a gorgeous piece of decor for your home, but it's just a pretty piece – whereas if you buy a piece from Novica, you know about that particular item, you know who made it, where they made it, how they made it. You've actually seen pictures, usually of their workshop, and certainly pictures of the artist. And you’ve read something they've written about – their dreams, their hopes, their goals, their history, their family."
The NOVICA site offers an amazing array of wares for the home and individual from scarves to jewelry, rugs to champagne flutes. Unique and intriguing pieces not found elseware. Here is a sampling of the home decor pieces I am smitten with, items which will add a Global Style to any room:
Click on the icons below to go to the link on the NOVICA site:
Amazing right? Well today is your lucky day, because I have a wonderful GIVEAWAY for you!!!
After you have gone on NOVICA's site to see what inspires you, I want you to come back here for a chance to win a
$75 gift card to NOVICA.
Here is how to enter:
1) Leave a comment below about what you love on the NOVICA site.
2) Become a follower of Room Rx
for additional entries:
3) like Cathy Wall Designs on Facebook
4) like NOVICA on Facebook
5) Follow Cathy Wall @ Room Rx on Pinterest
6) Follow NOVICA on Twitter
7) Follow catwdes on Instagram
Come back and comment to let me know you have done each of these!
The giveway will be open until midnight on Thursday, November 29th and I will announce the winner in a post on Friday November 30th, just in time to get some holiday shopping done on the NOVICA site!