MAKERS

WORK+SHELTER is an ethical outsourcing solution and a safe space where women in India receive training and earn a fair wage.

With lessons in technology, finance, health, and law, we’re creating a new workforce of women that are independent, versatile, digitally adept, and financially savvy. We build on our stakeholders’ strengths, explore their creativity, and help them pursue entrepreneurship or find jobs in the community.

We offer brands straightforward, reliable services including high-quality fair trade product manufacturing, human intelligence tasks and more.

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INITIATORS

Kim and Christine first met over 25 years ago, when their parents decided to date, and later marry! Both are passionate about environmental issues, animal rights, politics and generally living in a better world.

 

Founded by Christine Facella in 2007, Beetle & Flor is a Brooklyn based design studio which focuses on creating unique handmade items for the home. Her series of porcelain skulls,  'North American Wildlife' grew out of a love of the natural world, and dates back to when Christine worked as a freelance artist at the Museum of Natural History in NY, where she created models of plants for dioramas and later drew skulls of fossilized turtles. 

Christine aspires to grow Beetle & Flor into a business that gives back.  From proceeds of the "North American Wildlife" series, B&F has been consistently working with underserved communities in India, helping artisans with branding strategies, or helping to slightly redesign traditional goods to better fit an international market.  In the future, Christine hopes to offer more collaborative products to her line, celebrating craftsmanship and heritage from both the home front and overseas. Her goods can be found in boutiques world over, including Michele Varian in SOHO and Liberty in London.

 

Dr. Kimberly Terrell is a wildlife biologist currently working at the Tennessee Zoo, and was a 2011 David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow (www.SmithFellows.org). Her research focuses on amphibian health, and she is particularly interested in understanding how climate change will affect salamanders in the Appalachian region. Through studies at theSmithsonian National Zoo’s Appalachian Salamander Lab, Kim investigated the effects of warmer temperatures on North America’s largest salamander, the hellbender. She is actively involved in conservation outreach and maintains a blog at www.SalamanderScience.com. Although she primarily studies amphibians, Kim has worked with a diverse group of species, including cheetahs, wood turtles, and freshwater mussels.