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The adage " think globally, act locally " has become
an inspiring foundation for creative professionals.
It's a philosophy that's likely here to stay but,
international artisans need the support of the design
trade to thrive as well. The writers for this issue
tackle these two avenues to artisan goods in their
stories and share their own thoughts on keeping
craft alive. - Linda K. Monroe

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1. Diana Mosher, Global Citizens
Even before conducting her research and
interviews for her article on global design (p. 26),
Diana believed it was important for the design
trade to support artisans and craftspeople.
She explains, " New entrepreneurs need sales in
order to thrive. When we source products made
using ancient methods in distant lands, we can
help a whole community thrive. It's a win-win,
because design clients are craving man-made
products, especially in these technology-driven
times. Savvy designers who can procure unique
products with a compelling story bring great
value to their clients. " Most appealing to
Diana during her interviews was the work
Tucker Robbins had done with fossilized wood
in Sri Lanka to create bespoke siding for a
residential home in the Hamptons. " I also was
interested to hear his plans to work with artisans
in Puerto Rico, so they can create something good
from the millions of dead standing trees on their
island, " she adds. Personally, Diana is setting
her sights on the launch of her new blog-writing
coaching service for " interior designers who have
fallen behind on their blog posts, " or for those
who " wish they had a blog but are not sure how
to get started-2021 is the year to make that
goal a reality, " she says. However, she thinks
design's biggest challenge in the coming year
" may be uncertainty, and the biggest strength-
resiliency-will be understanding that there are
no absolutes, " she says. " Keeping a flexible point
of view will be key as designers watch trends
when pronouncements are made and learn to read
between the lines in order to fi nd opportunities
that others may be missing. "

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2. Jessica Goldbogen Harlan,
The Art & Craft of Surviving 2020
When describing her experience of writing
her article on artisan trade associations (p. 42),
Jessica says she appreciated learning about
some of the special projects and initiatives that
trade groups have created to support the artisan
community. " Hearing about all the virtual
studio tours and online shops has inspired me
to seek out some of these artists for gift
shopping-especially Canadian craft artists,
with whom I am not as familiar, " she states.
Jessica encourages the design community to follow
suit. " From jewelry makers in New Mexico,
to potters in North Carolina, to furniture makers
in Pennsylvania, there are traditional materialsbased artists who are carrying on legacies
dating back generations. If these artists are not
supported, then some of these traditions might
be lost forever, " she says. " What's more, I feel
that fi nding unique, handmade items can add an
element of authenticity to any project and make
it truly inimitable. " In 2021, she anticipates the
design industry will need to continue to navigate
new ways of doing business and sourcing materials
and ideas. " We've seen this with how markets like
High Point pivoted to provide a safe environment,
and I think we'll continue to see designers and
manufacturers thinking outside the box to get
things accomplished, " she suggests. For herself,
Jessica has many personal goals for the coming
year: " I want to compete in a figure skating
competition, do more kayaking and hiking, make
headway on a cookbook I'm writing, and be more
creative in my free time by painting and knitting, "
she says. " It'll be a busy year! "

3. Anna Zappia, Local Pride
As a freelancer, Anna has worked at home for
years, but she admits this year-with even more
time indoors-was arduous. " I had to rethink
my schedule and office space to be comfortable
and productive, " she admits. " Although I have
stayed in touch digitally, I am looking forward
to connecting with designers in person again to
share ideas and see what's new because that's
my favorite part of what I do. " In the new year,
Anna imagines designers will need to reassess
how they conduct business in the post-pandemic
landscape. " When we begin to meet again, we'll
need to balance health and safety, while still
making meaningful connections that are vital
in our arena, " she notes. " People are anxious to
resume travel, but they want to see products in
person, because nothing can replace selecting
colors or touching a fabric in real time. It will
be interesting to see how trade shows will evolve
and what other avenues will be used to sell-
from pop-ups to smaller-scale showcases. "
While working on her article on local design
(p. 34), Anna was fascinated to learn how
many interior designers are collaborating with
craftspeople to create pieces. " They are selecting
work from artisans who are under the radar, so
we, in turn, get to see things that are unexpected.
As we return to hospitality spaces, in particular,
I think these unique artworks and products will
enhance our experiences even more, " she predicts.
" Whether it is jewelry or textiles, handmade items
are a refreshing change from mass-produced,
lower-quality goods. ... When designers purchase
these goods, they are not only helping to create
beautiful environments where we live and work,
but they also are supporting local economies
in a way that makes a lasting impact. "

Image 1: Rashidah De Vore/Image 2: Erin Brauer/Image 3: Anna Zappia

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