FOUNDER OF AGENDA TRADE
Sydney-based Fiona Stafford first fell in love with handmade artisan design on a 2012 trip to Cape Town, South Africa. Captivated by slow, traditional techniques, ethically sourced products and colourful design, the seed was sown for Agent of Trade.
With a plan to create a platform for artisan design, and a passion to make real social change with a minimal carbon footprint, she set about sourcing other like-minded businesses and NGO's that are driving demand for traditional craftsmanship in developing countries.
We spoke to Fiona about her passion behind curated artisan design and her experience in shaping Agent of Trade.
WHAT DOES AGENT OF TRADE REPRESENT?
Being passionate about slow artisan design, Agent of Trade is a platform for artisans from developing countries to showcase their handmade, traditional designs.
WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS FOR AGENT OF TRADE?
With Fair Trade principles and sustainable development goals at the very heart and soul of Agent of Trade, we hope to drive the demand for artisan design, allowing artisans to produce goods using traditional techniques whilst receiving fair wages and conditions.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE?
It's exciting to be part of a community of like-minded creatives who are driven by slow-movement principles.
It's so important to remind people that it's possible to live without 'fast' designs and to remind ourselves that there is always a human being behind the creation of our goods.
AGENT OF TRADE