I love to support the arts. I have been supporting my daughter, my son, and of couse myself in "the arts" for years. But there is another very worthy cause that deserves all of our support called the Alpha Workshops. This is the Nation's only non-profit organization that employs HIV-positive individuals in the decorative arts field. It was founded in 1995 in Manhattan, NYC and offers a licensed vocational school and professional design atelier. Their work is cutting edge, organic and super creative. They have a line of furniture, lighting and wallpaper that is all handmade. They do installations, decorative painting and all kinds of restorations.
Check out this hand made wallpaper called "Skyscraper", which comes in several magnificent color ways:
Another paper called "Caper" in spearmint:
A handmade installation for Ann Klein:
Custom tree root installation in Japanese department store, Takashimaya
Gilded and decorative painting in the Prince George Hotel Ballroom
And I just love this faux tortoise stool and the other finishes they offer.
Not to mention this malachite "surface lamp"!
They really are genuine, unique works of art and it's a wonderful cause to support. Have you heard of them? Have you seen any of their work in person? I was pleased to learn that fine online marketplace purveyor, Dering Hall, represents them.