Stephanie Odegard visits Tulsa

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Renowned Rug Designer Stephanie Odegard to Speak at Philbrook Museum April 15 on “Sustainable Design and Social Responsibility”
Presentation in observance of Earth Day‘s 40th anniversary

Internationally renowned rug designer Stephanie Odegard will speak at the Philbrook Museum of Art at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15. In observance of Earth Day, Odegard will present “Sustainable Design and Social Responsibility.”

Recognized as one of the interior design industry’s leading figures, Odegard will illustrate techniques used in the hand-knotted rug industry of Nepal as well as share highlights of her journeys in remote places with traditional artisans. The presentation will demonstrate her pioneering designs and environmentally sustainable practices and how a socially responsible business provides for and enriches a dignified way of life for artisans and their families.

From 5:30-6:30 p.m., Odegard will demonstrate her process, and visitors will have a chance to enter a vegetable dye identification contest in the Patti Johnson Wilson Auditorium, Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road.

Philbrook and SR Hughes, the Tulsa interior design studio and showroom that is the sole Oklahoma dealer for Stephanie Odegard hand-crafted rugs and home accessories, are partnering to bring Odegard to Tulsa.

Stephanie Odegard is leading the way for socially conscious carpet manufacturing today,” said Brian Hughes of SR Hughes. “She helped revive Nepal’s carpet industry in the late 1980s by commissioning and importing Himalayan wool rugs, and she continues to be a force today in helping developing countries promote and preserve their traditional artisan crafts. Tulsa is extremely fortunate to have this award-winning designer come to speak at Philbrook.”

Odegard and her company also are deeply committed to the RugMark Foundation in its fight to end illegal child labor in the worldwide carpet industry. All Odegard® carpets bear the GoodWeaveTM label by RugMark, which assures that no child labor was used in their making.

Odegard has received numerous awards for her design talents and for her commitment to social progress and philanthropic accountability, including the 2009 ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Individual Product Prize, the 2006 Mountain Institute Award for Excellence in Sustaining Mountain Livelihoods, and the 2004 Aid to Artisans Award for Innovation in Craft. She also was named a 2004 “Giant of Design” by House Beautiful Magazine, and received the 2001 Peace Corps Association Business Symposium Award for Entrepreneurship.

Tickets for Stephanie Odegard’s April 15 presentation at Philbrook Museum are $7.50 for adults; $5.50 for seniors (age 62+), and free for youth 18 and under. For more information, go to www.srhughes.com or www.philbrook.org.

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