Rotarian since 2007, born in São Paulo, Brazil and relocated to Canada, product designer and artisan Clarice Duarte has been creating her own products for 30 years. Paper Mache sculptures, upcycling and jewellery makes part of her creation and abilities. Clarice has always been concerned with the environment and sustainability of the planet. She has participated in many different social projects and also in the development of sustainable communities. In 2015, besides creating and selling her own products, she founded FETCH IDEAS.
FETCH IDEAS is a 100% Canadian company, based in Kingston, Ontario, passionate about supporting artisans, building communities, and empowering craftspeople, all while bringing beautiful, sustainable, handmade items.
For Clarice, this company brings together her passion for community, artisans, opportunities, hope and the beautiful products they produce. Since the conception of the company, she has worked closely with artisans, small producers and new designers, travelling around the world, to bring FETCH IDEAS to life.
From beautiful handmade accessories, jewelry, linens, handbags and many others, FETCH IDEAS appreciates art in many forms. From professionally trained artisans, new designers launching their magical products, to local craftspeople with no formal training, from small towns, to large cities, Clarice sees beauty, talent, and quality everywhere and brings this vision to FETCH IDEAS.
As Clarice says, “Every product has a story to tell. FETCH IDEAS wants to show that behind a product there are people who have invested years of study and dedication, trial and error and the final product is pure beauty”. FETCH IDEAS also wants to showcase those artisans without academic training or study who are producing beautiful, high quality products, often in difficult situations, with few resources. For many of these craftspeople, access to a Canadian and international audience isn’t just exciting, it’s truly life changing. These entrepreneurs rely on their growing businesses to sustain their lives, and the lives of their employees.