About Eyes of the World
The concept of the shop - Eyes of the World - was simmering for quite some time, before opening our retail space in 2012.
With a background in fine arts, design & photography as well as a healthcare career spanning almost 3 decades my career managed to merge wellness and travel with studies of cultural impact on healthcare and experiencing creative expression through music, dance and the artistry of handmade items both domestic and abroad.
My work with tribal groups, both domestic Native American communities and those abroad in Africa provided opportunities to merge my health & wellness skills with my creative work, witnessing the artistry passed down from ancient peoples; and to experience, first hand, a people that feel blessed, blessed just for today ... people who celebrate that in the generous sharing of their foods, their music, their dance, song and artistry...for it is in these, we find wellness, wholeness and connection to others.
Most of all I shared in their stories and their smiles.
In a small village, in the bush, of Uganda are some very talented women who weave the colorful basketry, trivets and floor mats that were in my brick and mortar shop in Asbury Park.
These women and the younger weavers who are being taught by their elders breath life into this space here at EYES, as does every local and foreign artisan featured in the shop. Each item has a story all its own. EYES has a soul, a purpose and a conscience. The textures, colors and patterns of all the artistry represented in this space, bring an energetic essence and a cultural story that speaks many messages of the personal expression of talent, perseverance, sharing, generosity, sustainability and independence.
Thank you for supporting sustainable prosperity for artisans, their families, and communities at large.
Thank you for visiting Eyes Of The World and being a part of our story.
EACH DOLLAR YOU SPEND POSITIVELY IMPACTS ENTIRE COMMUNITIES AROUND THE GLOBE, AND AT HOME. OUR FAIRLY TRADED AND ETHICALLY SOURCED PRODUCTS, HONOR OUR WORKING ARTISANS AND ENVIRONMENTS IN WHICH THEY LIVE.
Humankind has not woven the web of life, we are but one thread in it,
Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves; all things are bound together, all things connect
~ Chief Seattle