Hi there! My name is Ruth. I'm a rug and textile designer at Sydney boutique design studio ruthie L. designs. Since 2015, I have been working with talented interior designers on custom hand crafted rugs for residential, commercial and hospitality interiors. I am an avid supporter of Goodweave and Weaving Dreams and take great pride in being able to give back to these communities in South East Asia from the sale of my rugs and scarves.
During the pandemic in early 2020 when our carpet and textile mills in India and Nepal were forced to close, I was at a loss with a lot of time on my hands.
I started hand making little heart keepsakes called "Hearts of Hope" which were sent out as gifts to frontline workers and those who needed some hope and kindness in their lives. These donations and gifts were loved and cherished.
Seeing the potential to spread love and hope further, Art of Hope was born! I began selling these mini artworks which means that the hope and kindness can now be spread further to other communities that I couldn't reach on my own. It has also meant that so many beautiful people can enjoy the opportunity to spread some kindness and hope themselves.
Selling the Hearts of Hope enables me to continue creating and producing these hearts and also donating them and mailing them out to those in need. To date I have donated over 8000 Hearts of Hope and continue to donate as many as I can to charities, homeless shelters, aged care workers and residents, victims of domestic violence and so many more. I have been truly humbled by the beautiful stories that have been shared with me along the way.
As Art of Hope has grown I have made a conscious decision to support small business in Australia so except for one of the components, the hearts are created, assembled, printed and packaged here in Sydney. When I started making my Hearts of Hope it was my vision to provide work opportunities for disadvantaged and intellectually disabled people and I'm so proud to say that this is all starting to happen. I will be able to share some photographs soon.
I now have two wonderful creative businesses that feed my soul in so many ways and most importantly mean that I can bring beauty and joy into the world for others AND give back in many ways.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and understand what Art of Hope is all about. I hope you will join the club, purchase some Hearts of Hope and choose to spread kindness, love and hope too. It's truly the best feeling in the world!