NOVICA.com was founded twelve years ago as an online, fair-trade marketplace based in Los Angeles, with offices in eight developing nations. Novica features more than 30,000 limited edition and one-of-a-kind handmade works of art daily, ranging from artisan-crafted jewelry to handmade apparel to world-style home decor. So far, NOVICA has succeeded in helping change the lives of more than 75,000 people in developing nations, including artisans and their dependents, uniquely helping each artisan earn personal recognition and real-world prices for their work.
NOVICA unites you with more than 2,000 extraordinary master artists around the world. Read about their lives, explore their fascinating cultures, and select from more than 30,000 handcrafted works of art.
I'm excited to announce the launch of their New Gift Finder! Novica offers such an extensive gallery of unique gifts and there are so many easy ways to narrow your search. Things get very specific quickly.. making for a pleasurable shopping experience!
You'll find an extensive but easy to navigate listing of searchable items. You can search by Gender, Recipient, Price, Occasion, Gift Type, Interest, Category, Region, and even by Personality. My two favorite listings to search NOVICA for that special Item is the popular & extensive "Category" listing and the fun and unique "Personality" category. All of the searchable listings are well thought out and broken down into categories that make for an awesome personalized and time saving feature!
Check out just a handful of categories available..
Handbag Gifts for the Adventurer
Romantic Christmas Gifts for Her
and.. even Gifts for the Animal Lover!
I luv the fact that when you purchase something handmade, here on NOVICA you can put a face and a brief bio with your product! It makes it that much more special! Many Items also come with Free gift wrapping.
I can't wait for my Cedar and mahogany Llamas sculptures to arrive! Aren't they beautiful?!
Meet this Artisan..
John Barrow was born in London on September 22, 1934. After studying Engineering he traveled to Peru, in 1969, to work at a paper mill. His original contract was for eight weeks, but John ended up staying in Peru permanently.
John has always enjoyed woodwork; he learned the craft from his father, who was a carpenter. Carving became one of John's favorite pastimes, a spare-time hobby.
"Living in Peru allowed me to get to know a variety of beautiful wood types. When I found time I would carve various furniture pieces," John explains. "When I retired, I was finally able to dedicate myself completely to my passion, carving!”
"I love to make all sorts of things. I am a perfectionist, so I prefer to look for the perfect wood type and take great care with each detail. I want to make something that is different than what you might usually see, so I have designed my own machines and tools to help me work wood in a different way.
"Once a famous pianist saw some chairs I had made, and fell in love with their design. After buying a piano, he bought my chairs and asked me to paint them black, to match his piano. Honestly, painting those chairs was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do for a customer, because I love the natural look of wood."
'Tis the season for giving! Make someone feel special this Holiday by giving them a hand crafted treasure.
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