I started Fiber Focus as an attempt to address cultural issues through art. My personal interest lies in finding common ground among people from many different cultural and religious backgrounds and in looking at contemporary craft production as a means of economic development. I also want the blog to reflect many other voices besides my own and have invited fiber artists, designers and sellers to write about their work.
According to the CCNMoney.com article, Splurges Will Be Scarce This Holiday Season:
"Americans will spend an average of $923.36 on holiday gifts, which includes $106.67 on me-too purchases, which are the impulse buys that people make for themselves while they're shopping for gifts. This is up a moderate 3.7 percent from last year, according to NRF's 2007 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey."
Did you know that your purchases can have a direct impact on other people's lives? October is Fair Trade Month. A month to celebrate and promote businesses that are concerned with how their choices and purchases can impact the lives of their producers. This article offers many resources to determine if your purchases are having a positive impact on the world.
The BBC is reporting that Body Shop founder Dame Anita Roddick, 64, died yesterday. A statement issued by the hospital said that Roddick died of "a major brain haemorrhage." Roddick is being mourned by environmental groups and animal rights activists world wide, as well as by women who were won over by her back-to-basics approach to beauty and her rejection of the fashion industry's emphasis on perfection.
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