The Association for Craft Producers

In 2013, I worked for the not-for-profit, fair trade organization ACP located in Kathmandu, Nepal. While providing design, marketing, management, and technical services to low-income Nepali craft producers, I also produced commercial lines that blend traditional craft with modern design and technology to suit market trends.

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From the backs of 19th century French sailors to Ralph Lauren runways, "nautical" never goes out of style. Inspired by the lake town of Pokhara: a Nepali city, overlooked by the Himalayas, that serves as a base for hikers undertaking the Annapurna Circuit and Mt. Everest; this line draws inspiration from the boats docked in Phewa Lake.

As Nepal is a land-locked country, the iconic Pokhara boats are an opportunity to develop a national nautical motif that sources the tradition, history, and aesthetics of one of the most well-known bodies of water in Nepal.  

For this line, I created multiple woodblocks for versatile printing, a weave pattern consisting of traditional and contemporary colors, ceramic bowls and dishes, and homeware goods. The line was expanded from textiles into home, kitchen, and garden.