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INTWINE IS MORE THAN A STORE, IT IS A COMMUNITY, BRINGING TOGETHER THE WORK OF WOMEN ARTISTS AND WOMEN-LED BUSINESSES FROM ACROSS THE WORLD.

MEET THE WOMEN

Jane
Burger-Rhee

Jane started painting very early in her childhood and has fond memories of spending time in her parent’s garden in Seoul. The beautiful environment inspired her to draw and color. Living on three different continents strongly reflects her identity as an artist. Jane is led by her intuitive act of searching, discovering, and capturing a narrative story unfolding on the canvas.

Abby
Sharma

For generations, her family’s business has been dedicated to empowering Indian artisan families, especially women, to provide them an opportunity to work and fend for themselves. Abby aims to preserve traditional crafts, employ local labor, and encourage the new generation of weavers to sustainably carry on and conserve their age-old family traditions of the trade.

Nina
Opanasenko

Since she was a child, Nina has had a passion for bead weaving. By coincidence, she met an American from the U.S. Peace Corps who encouraged her to start a business with her unique jewelry made of hundreds of glass beads. Nina is Ukrainian and wants to be an “ambassador” for the folkcraft that, to this day, is an integral part of Ukrainian culture and national identity.

MANAVA

The Cambodian social business aims to preserve an essential part of Cambodia’s cultural legacy while providing education and empowerment training to Cambodian women. Their female artisan group creates exclusive, artisanal rattan products that strengthen Cambodia’s creative industries and preserves Cambodia’s cultural legacy.

Asma
Daouk

Asma’s purpose is to maintain Lebanon’s heritage. She, therefore, creates products with a modern twist, but their design is rooted in cultural traditions. Excellent craftsmanship is an essential element in her masterpieces of craftsmanship. Asma is from Beirut, Lebanon. She is a mother of two and studied interior and furniture design in Beirut and Florence, where she got her master’s degree.

HATHAY
BUNANO

Hathay Bunano, meaning handmade or hand knitted in Bangla, is a non-profit fair trade organization in Bangladesh. Its mission is to create fairly paid, good quality, flexible and local employment for rural women who are poor and often disadvantaged. Teaching women to knit and providing employment that fits in with the rhythm of rural life stems the tide of economic migration to the cities and keeps families together.

Jenny
Hoitt

Jenny has been working in the graphic design and home textile industry. The impulse to create is always within her, but sharing it with the world brings her the most joy. Her background in the mass market design industry has helped her understand the significance of creating her unique expression. Her prints are constantly evolving, and above all else, she seeks originality.

Britta
Kürzi

Originally from the US, Britta Kürzi decided to do an actual immersion program when she moved to Switzerland.  She enrolled in Ecole Chocolat for a six-month Bean to Bar chocolate course and built a tiny chocolate factory in her apartment. Every week, she learned to create new chocolate batches. She then followed this passion around the world to learn about cacao and chocolate making.

Eszter
Imre

Growing up in a historical town in the heart of Hungary she discovered her great interest in the arts and crafts and started her artistic education at the age of 15. Eszter Imre’s most beloved material is porcelain, in which many of her designs are created. Her attention is to show the best of the material’s nature and visually describe functions with elegance and simplicity.

Julie
Clarke

The idea of creating handmade candles was born in 2014, out of Julie Clarke’s passion for natural candles, botanical fragrance and general wellbeing. She trained in the art under a master candle maker in Wales, and now uses bespoke botanical fragrances in her work. Every candle is hand-poured into stoneware or porcelain vessels that can be reused after the candle’s life.

Akia
Obrist

Akia Obrist grew up in northern Switzerland. At 15, she knew she wanted to become a ceramist and completed her apprenticeship in Rheinfelden. Since then, she has remained true to her profession – creating ceramics has been a continual thread running through her life.

SEP
Jordan

SEP Jordan works with women artisans who are living in Jordan’s Jerash Camp. The highly skilled artists hand-embroider shawls, made of luxurious Italian fabrics, with traditional Palestinian, Biblical and Islamic geometric patterns. SEP Jordan has an emotional and economic impact on the lives of over 500 women and their families, who happen to be refugees.

Sabeth
Holland

Sabeth Holland paints straight from the heart, communicating her emotions through her work in an authentic and direct manner. The artist uses her fingers and palms to directly apply oils, pigments and real gold to canvas. The beauty lies within the coincidental structure that comes with these unique strokes.

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CELEBRATING THE BEAUTY OF CRAFT TECHNIQUES LIES AT THE HEART OF INTWINE, WITH EVERY DESIGN SOURCED DIRECTLY FROM ITS MAKER BEFORE FINDING ITS WAY TO YOU.

1 The Artist is the maker; a master of their craft. At INTWINE, we celebrate the work of women artists.

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THE INTWINE STORE IS A SPACE WHERE TRADITIONAL SKILLS ARE APPRECIATED THROUGH A MODERN LENS. NO PIECE IS SIMPLY THERE BY CHANCE.

 

INTWINE is a play on the word ‘entwine’, which means to interweave. And it does just that, bringing together the work of women artists and women-led businesses created around the world – from Japan, India, Ukraine and Switzerland to Ireland, Mexico, Peru and many more.

The store is committed to promoting women’s economic autonomy, allowing them to become financially self-sufficient through supporting their independent work. INTWINE aims to highlight the immense skill, time and creativity it takes these artists to create each product with a quality that modern mass-production methods simply cannot replicate.

INTWINE offers an ever-evolving collection of carefully curated goods, where high-quality, handmade products take centre stage. Everything has been chosen to appear in store due to its quality, purpose and design. Everything is handmade and ordered in small batches, resulting in a limited run of truly one-of-a-kind pieces. Each time you visit the store, there will be something new to discover.

2 The Store is the space in which the brilliance of the objects can be fully appreciated. To ensure the (women) makers receive their proper due as artists of the highest calibre.

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Founder Katharina Viana brings together INTWINE’s collections with social responsibility in mind: to uplift women artisans and ensure the continuation of craft traditions.

 

A textile enthusiast at heart, Katharina has more than a decade’s experience working in the textile industry. After graduating from the Textile Fashion & Technology College in Zurich with a bachelor’s degree in Textile Design & Technology, Katharina worked as a buyer for Europe’s leading fashion retailers. She lived in Asia for six years, before deciding to change focus, working in the philanthropic sector for the next decade. Katharina firmly believes that empowering women sparks a ripple effect – not only transforming the lives of the women artists, but also the lives of their families and communities.

3 The Curator is the spokesperson for the artists, championing their work by inviting others to celebrate with them. ​​They are entrusted with these unique pieces, and invite the public to discover new work through careful and thoughtful curation.

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INTWINE is looking forward to bringing its community together in store, hosting events with the exceptional women who have created the pieces in its collection.

 

Through these events, INTWINE looks to create a space for women to connect, collaborate and grow with one another. The safety and wellbeing of the INTWINE community is paramount, therefore we hope to start hosting regular events from 2022 onwards. Please sign up to our newsletter below for updates.

4 Bringing together the INTWINE community for collaboration and conversation