Australian Homewares with a Charitable Difference.
Two Australian-based online marketplaces, Handkrafted and Bluethumb have come together to launch ‘Created with Care’ a unique collaboration for charity, an online auction offering stunning Australian homewares. With just a week to go before the auction closes I wanted to share a quick look at what the companies are trying to achieve, and hopefully rattle up a few bids from our Australian audience!
Created With Care
With shared values of community, originality, and authenticity the 2 marketplaces are ideally placed to combine their talents and create some unique Australian homewares, which could in turn can be used to help raise money for a worthy cause. A project which unites their love for exposing incredible Australian artistry and giving back to those in their local communities that need a helping hand.
Using the knowledge and expertise that has seen them support and showcase hundreds of local artisans, the companies were able to pair Australian furniture makers (Handkrafted) and artists (Bluethumb) to create truly unique pieces.
All of the artisans involved generously donated their time and talents. The result was a selection of incredible one-off homeware pieces that will be auctioned off for local charities. 100% of proceeds from the online auction will be donated to local charities selected by Fred Kimel (founder of Handkrafted) and Edward Hartley (Co-Founder of Bluethumb).
The two entrepreneurs share a mutual respect for each other’s platform, and see great importance in collaboration among businesses. They saw the ‘Created with Care’ project as a golden opportunity to show how individuals and organisations can work together to drive change. As Fred remarks:
“While it may sound a little clichéd, collaboration is paramount to the success of every business and individual – it’s so important to take the time out to reflect upon and approach potential collaborators to discuss ideas and opportunities. It’s also much more fun.”
‘Created with Care’ has already stunned Fred and Edward in both the awe-inspiring combinations, and the immense thoughtfulness of the makers and artists in selecting a charity. Edward commented:
“I am staggered at the outcome, every day I look at incredible art, yet these pieces are beyond my greatest expectations. They have set the bar for future artists and crafters. What’s beautiful to see is their own art and trade has transferred so well across mediums and captured the essence of their style.”
Australian Homewares for a Good Cause
Each of the Australian homewares auctioned will raise money to help a specific charity; tackling a wide range of causes from helping Australian communities affected by bushfires to aiding victims of torture who find themselves as refugees in Australia.
Bombora Furniture Co.’s Luke Collins, and contemporary artist, Tanya Keenan nominated Spirit Foundation as their worthy cause. The charity trust has been actively supporting the Wye River and Separation Creek communities, devastated by recent bushfires.
Their collaborative piece is aptly named ‘Wye River Buffet’ and is a wonderful story of a hyper-local connection: two talents working together on a piece to support a charity that hits close to home.
The auction has already raised nearly $8,000 and with just a week left to bid, time is running out to get your hands on some fantastic homewares, and give back to someone in need.
Where to Bid
The Created with Care auction is open now and final bids must be received before 5pm on Friday 10th June. To place your bid please visit the Created with Care website
You can also follow the collaborations on Instagram via the #CreatedWithCare16 hashtag.