VIDA: A place for unique designs by a Metis artist, so much to love!
Today I wish to share with you a site I discovered and an artist I recently had the pleasure of meeting. Indeed, if you know my site, you know that I always prefer to buy my scarves, my jewelry, my moccasins and my clothes directly from the artist. As much as possible. And today I want to feature Metis artist Carol Rose. I ran into Carol at a Pow wow I attended a few weeks ago. Her work was displayed (paintings and cards) and she walked up to me looking at her work as I was saying aloud: this is just incredible! And her work IS incredible!! It is honestly unlike anything I have ever seen. Her technique of tight dots making a bigger designs is just phenomenal. And that is just part of her work! She has many gorgeous and peaceful looking designs. But before we get into her work, let’s talk about the website she sells her work on: VIDA.
VIDA: a partnership between makers and artists
I honestly had never heard of VIDA before Carol gave me her business card. But I checked it out once I got home. And after reading about the concept of the site, I was hooked. What a great idea! Indeed VIDA is a site where multiple artists can sell their work. And VIDA supplies the production of the art and clothes by makers all around the world. Each piece is custom-made and made to order. Meaning that it is made only once you order it. It provides ethical work (and literacy training) to makers all around the world (e.g. 100% modal scarves are made in Pakistan) and a platform for artists to showcase their creation and designs. For example, when I met Carol I was looking at some of her paintings (more specifically the Feather One and Feathers & Medicine designs), which, through VIDA, are transformed into clothing.
For example, above you have the top I just ordered from Carol. Look at that design! I am in love with the colors and the abstract design (while including recognizable designs such as feathers). Her creation made into a classic and chic top! As it is custom made, it does take longer than typical to receive the item (4-5 weeks) but the result is worth it. The fabrics used are just the softest I have ever seen. Both makers and artists get to show their skills. And that is just awesome. I am a big fan of sites that help artists get their work out there (Etsy anyone?, Yes please!) and VIDA is a new favorite of mine.
Metis artist Carol Rose and her work
First, I have to say that Carol is such an approachable artist. Lovely woman who is passionate about her work and the quality of her products. She actually reached out to me after I had ordered and we have been in contact since. And you need to check out her VIDA page! Such a unique page! Her designs are truly breathtaking. Again, I don’t usually talk to myself aloud while looking at artwork at Pow wows, but her work took my breath away. So my first order was for her modal Feathers & Medicine scarf and her Feather One t-shirt. But really, it was hard to choose as her designs are just all beautiful (I also love her 4 Seasons design, check it out on a modal scarf here). Carol had already told me that my order would take 4 to 6 weeks to arrive as it is custom made.
Incredible customer service!
From both VIDA and Carol! The VIDA team kept me updated of the status of my order with emails telling me when it was being produced and when it was shipped. And my order arrived in 4 1/2 weeks. Just as expected. From beginning to end, my experience with VIDA and Carol was top-notch! If you look at her page, you will see that one can certainly want to order all of her designs! There is something for everyone. I know that, for me, her Feathers & Medicine and her Feather One designs caught my eye. Probably because the artwork I was looking at at the Pow wow, was so beautiful and unique. I am running out of space on my walls at home but to have her designs on clothes was just perfect for me! Look at them below, they are hard to resist! And the fabrics are sooooo luxurious! Extremely soft to the touch.
Immediately after I placed my order, I received an email including a $10 giftcard to be used on VIDA. At the time, I did not feel like ordering again right then. So I waited. A few weeks later, I received another email, this time containing an offer code for $30 off my next order! Well then of course, I had to buy something else. And of course, I turned to Carol’s page once again! That is when I ordered her “Home” design sleeveless top (picture above). And I cannot wait to receive it. Because I know I will be satisfied once again. (Update: I have received it and loooove it!, I get so many compliments on it). Next up, I am saving up for one of her sheer wraps, which I know I would find so many uses for. I would love her Northern Lights wrap or her Big Butterfly wrap! See both below:
So please do yourself a favor and check out Carol’s page on VIDA (once again love the mission of the site!). Just a reminder that the holidays are in less than 2 months. If you order now, you will get your order on time and your loves ones will completely and utterly love their gifts. Original work from a Canadian Metis artist on a site that helps both the artists and the makers, it does not get better than that 🙂
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