The mission of Access Design Home is to provide a safe, open working environment, employing skilled Palestinian craftswomen and utilizing their unique gifts in a line of contemporary interior design products inspired by the crafts found in the region. The idea and spirit behind this new line of home furnishings is both to bring the beauty of Palestinian embroidery to the rest of the world and empower the women who craft it. This aesthetically beautiful and functional line of home products is divided into three categories: Bed, Table, and Decorative Pillows. Access Design Home challenges Palestinian women to create new designs and gives credit to the source—Palestinian craftswomen in the Occupied Territories. This home product line will promote Palestinian culture by showcasing its unique artistry and create a cradle industry that offers women fair wage opportunities. Currently artisans cannot make a living on their craft skills alone. By sourcing and selling their products and providing them with a sustainable income—a basic human need denied to most Palestinians, especially women— Palestinian craftswomen will gain greater authority to take control of their own lives.
Excellent working conditions are embedded in every aspect of the studio: social community programs are available for employees, and opportunities for the employees to grow within the company exist in managerial, design, and production capacities. The
studio provides its employees with access to pre-existing social and health programs as well as micro-finance institutions so that they can gain access to loans and grants to startup their own small, often home-based businesses. Access Design Home not only creates
beautiful products for the home, it also facilitates a thriving community for its employees to work, and grow as individuals. On a macro-level, the design and infrastructure of the sample studio sells artistic
work in the US, EU, and other regions of the Middle East. Many consumers today are drawn to and willing to pay for products that are thoughtfully created, promote positive social values, and represent a rich history and underlying story. The embroidery and history of Palestine is introduced to consumers on the Access Design website; the story is
integrated and communicated in the presentation of the product line. The idea that highend
contemporary design can be married with traditional craft is developing in a new
way, because the source of the work is credited in a way that no production facility or
source of inspiration has been credited before. Profits will be funneled back into the
program to allow for a sustainable enterprise.
Submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Masters of Arts
Corcoran College of Art + Design (Washington, D.C.)
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