Looking for unique home decor and a way to help others? We've got the perfect solution: Buy a one-of-a-kind creation from CraftedSystems, a stunning new collection of hand-woven floor mats, table runners and vessels that help employ the women of Portland, Oregon's YWCA shelter.
CraftedSystems was founded last June, when former industrial designer Aurelie Tu decided to get back to the art of building by hand. Rather than outsource her labor (as many hand-made businesses do), she employs homeless women from her local Y--up to 10 shelter-residents per project--ensuring that her crafts are made locally and responsibly, while also helping women in need get back on their feet.
All items in the CraftedSystems collection are assembled without the use of sewing machines or special equipment (Tu has taught all the women she employs to hand-weave). We love the interlocked, felt floor mats ($3,150) and Audrey bowls ($120 to $185), which are great for storing anything from jewelry to magazines.
For each creation, the women of the Portland YWCA make $20 to $60, and take part in an empowering, collaborative process. That's a cause we're more than happy to support.