North American Artisans

Art Camp: Mexico
In the village of Tecalpulco, many families are being run by single mothers.  With little available employment in the region, they have formed a  
cooperative and are mastering the art of jewelry making.  Rooted in tradition and love, these women hand make every piece they create. Using pewter
and various available stones or enamelwork, their jewelry tells the story of hope for a better tomorrow. 

However, this is not your ordinary business. These women were extremely successful where hundreds of shoppers from everywhere came to buy
handmade jewelry. However, with a market crash in 1990, their pieces lost value and this cooperative struggled. The markets became flooded with
products from China, India, Bali, etc, but Artcamp bounced back. These women are not just artisans, but extremely smart and professional in the way
they reshaped their business after this crash. Artcamp provides stability, family and purpose for these women. One woman says, "I find myself here at
my work. I enjoy every minute of life, of course at the side of the persons"

Far Fetched Jewelry: Mexico
Located in the heart of the artisan community of Taxco, Mexico, with winding cobblestone streets, red tile roofs, and a history that goes back for 
centuries. Silver smithing has been a way of life since the 1500's, and is quickly becoming the key to the future for over 45 small, independent artisan
workshops.  These artisans are given fair wages, access to foreign markets, and skills training. 

Far Fetched Jewelry, founded in 1982 is different than most companies. Each piece of silver has its own story. They work with artisans to combine
metals, foster new ideas and empower their artisans. The artisans are able to work in a central shop, have no middleman between them and their sellers
as well as get educational opportunities.

The Silk Road Fair Trade Market, phone 724-946-8502,
located at 115 N. Market, #1, New Wilmington, Pa  16142
Open Tuesday - Saturday (10-5), Thurs evening to 6, closed Sunday and Monday