ruthie L. designs is a boutique textile design studio based in the heart of Sydney. Since 2015, textile designer Ruth Lazerson has mainly specialised in hand crafted rugs for residential interiors, collaborating closely with talented interior designers and highly skilled artisans to create some stunning pieces.
Over this time I have learned so much about the carpet trade in South East Asia. Unfortunately many thousands of people who make carpets live way below what is considered to be any kind of dignified existence".
My first collection of cashmere blend scarves is called WONDERS OF NATURE. It came about not only as another way for me to create something beautiful and to bring joy to people but also as a way for me to make a contribution to women like myself who are simply trying to do their best for their families. Like me, they want their children to be healthy, to be able to go to school, to have food and clothing and to be able to play safely with creativity and enjoyment. About 60% of the profits from the scarves have been given to our weaving community in Nepal to improve their standard of living. We also provided 100 menstrual cups to the women in the community and this has proven to be life changing for them.
When Covid hit in early 2020 I started hand making little heart keepsakes called "Hearts of Hope" which were sent out to frontline workers and those who needed some hope and kindness in their lives. Seeing the potential to spread love and hope further, I began selling these mini artworks for a nominal amount of $5 each. This has enabled the hope and kindness to be spread further to other communities that I couldn't reach on my own and it enabled others to enjoy the opportunity to spread some kindness and hope themselves. Most importantly, it enables me to continue making these hearts, donating them and mailing them out to those in need. To date I have donated over 7000 Hearts of Hope and have been so humbled by the beautiful stories I have heard.
As a supporter of Goodweave, the contributions I make through the sale of my rugs go towards freeing children in South East Asia from working at the looms and providing educational opportunities for them. Through the sales of my scarves and the assistance of a wonderful not for profit organisation called Weaving Dreams, women and children will have opportunities to live with joy and dignity - a basic human right entitled to every one of us.