St Elise Bazaar is founded out of a deep respect for artisans who create with their hands. Owners Bethany and Sandy met in 2018 through a mutual friend. At the time, Sandy was working at International Folk Art Market (IFAM) and Bethany was in the process of looking for her next challenge, having recently resigned from Santa Fe Dry Goods, as head buyer. They immediately discovered a kindred spirit in each other…..someone who appreciates the soul and power of handmade products. Fast forward to the spring of 2019 when Bethany and Sandy reconnected after Bethany had completed a design course in Italy and Sandy had resigned from IFAM. They began a conversation that has turned into the business they call St Elise Bazaar.
They named the business for a person whose spirit has inspired them, whom they call their “patron saint of the handmade”. She was a woman who loved everyone, listened well, and empowered others through her generous heart. To them, Elise is the patron saint of the handmade.
They gather handmade goods from artisans across the world to bring to you. They seek to explain the steps in using natural dyes, or the inspiration for a ceramic statue. Whatever information they can impart about the maker and the process leads to greater appreciation of the craft. They are, simply put, sharing their love of the people who create objects with their hands. The stories of these objects and the master artisans who created them helps preserve culture and strengthen communities.
The mission is three fold: to represent artisans from around the world, to respect the culture of the artisans they have the pleasure of working with, and to support the artisans in maintaining sustainable production methods for their communities and the world at large.
Bethany and Sandy sell to people around the US although they do offer international shipping. They started as a traveling pop-up shop, taking their finds to different places around the country as they sought to celebrate handmade! They created and launched a website in 2020 to further expand their outreach to others who love handmade! Visit their website: https://stelisebazaar.com/
A couple of videos of the artists they work with:
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