Kathy Lengyel Receives Merit Award At CraftArt 2009

We are happy to announce Kathy Lengyel received a merit award at CraftArt 2009 in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov. 21, 2009. This prestigious fine craft juried show draws craftsmen from across the country with 132 artist represented.

The show juror was David Revere McFadden, Chief Curator and Vice President for Programs and Collections at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City. He served as Curator of Decorative Arts and Assistant Director for Collections and Research at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution from 1978 to 1995. For six years, he served as President of the International Council of Museums’ Decorative Arts and Design Committee. McFadden has organized more than 120 exhibitions on decorative arts, design, and craft, covering developments from the ancient world to the present day, has published more than 100 catalogues, essays, articles, and reviews, and has lectured extensively. McFadden has received the Presidential Design Award three times, is an Associate Member, The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, London; Knight First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland; Knight Commander, Order of the Northern Star of Sweden; and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.

Significant Journey Gives 250 Handmade Little Purses, Destined To Bring Joy To Impoverished Nicaraguan Girls.

Significant Journey, Inc. is on a mission to put smiles on little girls’ faces this Christmas. The handcrafted small girl purses were specifically made to be a part of the 500 Christmas shoeboxes sponsored by Harborside Christian Church in Safety Harbor, FL.

Safety Harbor, Florida, July 15, 2009 – Significant Journey, Inc. an online designer handbag company donates its time and materials to make 250 small cotton purses for Harborside Christian Church’s “Loving & Helping Others”. It’s their Christmas in July ministry outreach of 500 Children Christmas Shoeboxes and 30,000 meals being shipped to Nicaragua. The shoeboxes contain toiletries and small toys along with the meals will be assembled July 25th at Harborside Christian Church by members and friends and then shipped to Nicaragua in September.

“I saw a need for small purses on the list of donated items for the children’s shoeboxes and decided we could make purses for them. We know a purse won’t change their living conditions, but as women we know the joy of owning a beautiful purse. It will help give the little girls a positive image of themselves”, says Kathy Lengyel, president of Significant Journey.

Tucked inside each purse is a pink card with a scripture written in Spanish that will give the girls hope. “The message is to remind them that God loves them and that He is there for them always”, says Peggy Smith, vice president of Significant Journey.

All of Significant Journey’s handbags are designed for the purpose of giving back to society. Kathy Lengyel is the designer who made Significant Journey bags transcend beyond a product used to carry a woman’s possessions into something with more significant meaning. “The goal of Significant Journey is to design an exceptional USA made embroidered bag that carries a symbolic message to the owner while benefiting other people in society”, says Kathy. Kathy looks at world issues or lifestyle when creating a new handbag design. She finds an encouraging word to name the style and then searches for a need (cause) that fulfills that style.

Significant Journey purses are available online at www.significantjourney.com. Each purse is made to order and takes 3-4 weeks.

Significant Journey Bags Featured In Niche Magazine

Niche Magazine – Summer 2008The summer 2008 issue of Niche magazine showcases an article about artist who give back. Kathy Lengyel was one of the artist who donate a portion of the profits to charity and featured in this article. Click on image to read this article.