Clarice Duarte of FETCH IDEAS
The Nooks - March 18, 2020
Born in Brazil and relocated to Canada, product designer and artisan Clarice Duarte has been creating for over 30 years. Her mediums span from paper mâché sculptures to upcycling to jewellery, with a focus on environmental sustainability. Clarice has always been concerned with the environment and sustainability of the planet. She has participated in a number of different social projects, as well as in the development of sustainable communities. In 2015, Clarice founded her business FETCH IDEAS.
FETCH IDEAS is a 100% Canadian company, based in Kingston, Ontario. Driven by Clarice’s passion for supporting artisans, building communities, and empowering craftspeople, FETCH IDEAS offers beautiful, sustainable, handmade items created by international artisans.
"We curate products that are innovative, unique, and handmade. We help strengthen communities by supporting local craftspeople."
FETCH IDEAS supports up and coming artists, sustainable communities, and single producers through the business’s three pillars: Fair Trade, Sustainable Business, and Mentorship. Creating meaningful, supportive relationships with producers helps support small communities and lift up those in need. It also enables FETCH IDEAS to offer the most amazing, unique, and one-of-a-kind products to the world.
"We don't just buy and sell our partners products, we mentor each business and provide them with the tools needed to continue to grow their business and be a sustainable source of income for generations to come."
Everything we sell is traded and purchased fairly according to the seller’s pricing. We also work with each producer to make sure they remain competitive with other producers in the region and across the world.
Our Partners are more than just suppliers, they are mentees. We work with each partner to discuss shipping, exporting, pricing, and setting themselves up for the global stage. We know that their journey does not end with supplying Fetch Ideas, so we make sure they’re ready for whatever comes next.
We believe in our partners, and work hard to ensure they are successful. We make sure that their businesses are sustainable, and if they are not, we help them get there. We also require products to be sustainable and made from as much recycled material as possible.
For Clarice, FETCH IDEAS unites her passions for community, artisans, opportunities, hope and beautiful art. 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. Clarice seeks out all kinds of artisans to fulfill her vision, from professionally trained artisans to new designers, local craftspeople, and beyond. Clarice sees beauty, talent, and quality everywhere and brings this vision to FETCH IDEAS.
"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."
Clarice wants consumers to know that these wonderful artisans exist, that without training or study they are producing beautiful, quality products, often in difficult situations and 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. In this way, FETCH IDEAS is more than just a business; it’s a vehicle for opportunity, and a way to share the work of these beautiful craftspeople with the world.