In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, Creative Matters held a series of art and design workshops at the Textile Museum of Canada in conjunction with the exhibition of our newest works titled The XXV Collection. Our designers walked participants through a creative design process that mirrored our own Art Day workshop, which is dedicated to creativity and inspiration. During Art Day we use a series of mediums, papers and tools to create marks and images that will eventually be worked into designs for hand-made, fair trade rugs.
The marks and imagery, generated during our 25th Anniversary Art Day workshops were created as inspiration for several original rug designs, with the intention of creating a luxurious, handwoven, fair-trade rug. The design team created fifty-three initial artworks and have narrowed it down to six to be entered into our first ever XXV Art Day Competition. Now we are inviting the public to judge the creations online and entrants have a chance to win the Art Day Project rug by visiting our site and voting for their favourite design. The winning design will be hand-woven, by Creative Matters' artisans in Nepal, into a beautiful 6'x8' rug (valued at $5000) and donated to Label Step for their awareness-building and fund-raising purposes.
Label STEP is committed to improving the working and living conditions of carpet weavers and fighting abusive child labour. To achieve these goals Label STEP systematically monitors the production sites of its licensees and their suppliers, and takes measures to ensure fair working conditions. Label STEP operates at the local level in all major carpet-producing countries in Afghanistan, India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan and Turkey.
You can enter to win the Art Day Project rug by voting, online for your favourite design and although no donation is necessary, all contributions help Label STEP continue their work to make life better for the weavers and support the commitment of the dealers.
Click the link to visiting the voting site - good luck!