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Nucleus Gallery | Los Angeles


we are doing an exhibition here in Nucleus gallery LA

Nucleus and NODE are proud to present an exhibition of hand made fair trade rugs. Each rug will be accompanied by new personal artwork by each artist. Come see these works of art in person as we will exhibit 15 unique NODE rugs and debut 5 new exclusive rug designs.


On opening night, artist and co-founder of NODE, Chris Haughton, will share the story behind the inspiring organization. A solo exhibition of the artist’s work will simultaneously be featured in our atrium gallery.


Chris Haughton
Lesley Barnes
Micah Lidberg
Michelle Romo
Nadia Shireen
Oliver Jeffers


Ben Newman
Chris Turnham
Saiman Chow
Scott C.
Jon Klassen


visit Nucleus gallery for more info














IlustraTour by NODE: Spain

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We are working together with the organisers of Ilustratour Spain to put on a show in the museum and launch a competition to design a rug!
For this show in the Museo Patio Herreriano we have a range of newly commissioned rugs by Oliver JeffersKitty CrowtherYann BrienCho SunkyungCraig RobinsonHilary Leung and Nadia Shireen as well as rugs that exhibited before at the Design Museum in London, Beatrice AlemagnaSerge SeidlitzLesley BarnesJon KlassenMicah Lidberg and Chris Haughton (me!)

If you are interested in joining the competition see the requirements here:

Ilustratour is 2 weeks of illustration workshops/talks and events in Valladolid: ilustratour.es

To find out more about our exhibition and competition click to download the press release and links below:




Peppermint Magazine




nice article in Peppermint Magazine in Australia


1. The idea behind NODE is quite eloquent – combining modern digital design with traditional carpet-making techniques. Where did this idea come from?

 Ive been working as a freelance illustrator designer for fair trade for the last nine years, mainly for the company People Tree and mainly as a semi voluntary thing, i just used to just help out when i could and send them some drawings and ideas from time to time. they do amazing work so i was very happy to help out in some way. i ended up doing more and more and designed t-shirts, bags, toys, and stationary for them. The designs would get sent off and then come back with handmade techniques or screen prints and look amazing! As a designer it gave me the idea to some day go over and somehow work directly with the makers out there and see what we could develop with more time. In 2010 i finished a childrens book and had some time and a little money so I moved to India and Nepal and ended up staying there for ten months. I worked with four different groups in Nepal, mainly through People Tree. I made little cotton toys in a womens shelter project called Mahaguthi. i developed other toys for people tree with another group called Dhukuti. People Tree introduced me to Kumbeshwar and when i saw the rugs being made i was totally hooked. They are so beautifully made. I started taking photos of them on the loom and showing my friends on twitter and on my blog. when i posted images of the rugs online it went viral and there was a lot of interest in both the objects and the story behind them. i was interviewed by Eyemagazine, Fastcompany and others and people began emailing me with orders but I was unable to facilitate these myself. Illustrators and designers were asking me to create rugs with their images and i couldn’t facilitate this either. I sought the help of Akshay, a Nepalese friend I had met in Kathmandu. Akshay, like myself is interested in social business and madebynode.com was set up as a non-profit.

2. How do ‘fair trade’ and ‘design’ fit together for you? Do you see this as a natural combination?

Yes!! I think there is so much potential in bringing these two together. we called ourselves ‘node’ because we wanted to facilitate the link between designers and fair trade. Our main objective is to make as much impact for fair trade as we can. fair trade is seen by many as perhaps the best long term development answer. until recently few fair trade groups have been design-led, they have mainly set up and run by development workers and activists rather than designers. But fair trade really needs design in order to sell and reinvent and i think thats beginning to change, there are some really interesting fair trade design projects lately. 

3. Why do you think it’s important to support traditional crafts in communities like Kathmandu?

 Yes its important to support traditional crafts and see these skills being kept alive and re-invigorated. This project came from not so much about supporting traditional crafts but giving work and skills to those who need a helping hand. Kumbeshwar, the workshop we work with has an amazing story. It was set up in the 80’s by the Khadgi’s who are from what would traditionally be seen as a low caste family. The traditional role for their caste was cleaners and roadsweepers and so would clear dung and animal remains. Their grandfather made a fertiliser business from this waste and when this business grew, he wanted to also help the rest of his caste out of poverty. There was very little social mobility then and so he set up an adult training centre to teach literacy, weaving and carpentry. All this was set up as a non-profit from their home!! They are the nicest family you will ever meet!! i spent 2 weeks living with them the last time i was over. They have now expanded and trained six thousand adults and fund a school of 250 and an orphanage of 25. 

 4. And finally, describe the feeling you get when you first see a finished rug – in particular one of your own designs on a rug that has been 100% handmade, and that you know is doing something to help the maker and his/her community? 

 Its so great! And really photos dont actually do them justice. Its wonderful to see your design turn into something so beautiful. it makes me very happy and inspired by design again. One of the main reasons i came to work with people tree and with fair trade is that i was quite disillusioned with the work i had been doing as a designer. When i was in college i was inspired by the potential for positive change design can have but when i left and began working as a graphic designer i found the majority of work was kind of soul-destroying. the passion i had for my work was evaporating and i needed to find something that made me get it back. This project has certainly done that for me. If there are any designers out there who would like to get involved please let us know we can weave custom rugs for anyone that wants to give it a go.


NODE launch at the DESIGN MUSEUM

Our collection of eighteen rugs is launching!

come to the public opening in the DESIGN MUSEUM all day on saturday or the kids workshop on sunday

for the launch party
5th March 6-9.30pm in the Design Museum, London
RSVP to info (at) madebynode.com

Please come along to see the collection. There are a limited edition of 10 rugs by each of these amazing artists.

Beatrice Alemagna | Sanna Annukka | Lesley Barnes | Petra Borner | Chamo | Benji Davies | Chris Haughton | Clayton Junior | Jon Klassen | Micah Lidberg | Joe Magee | Geoff McFetridge | Neasden Control Centre | Patternity | Craig Robinson | Serge Seidlitz | Marcroy Smith | Kevin Waldron | Donna Wilson

In addition to the launch night, the collection is open to the public at the events below:
Fri 1st March
Design Overtime evening event in the gallery where the rugs are installed.
Drinks and music in designmuseum after hours
Chris Haughton will do a short talk (15-20min) about how the project happened
Sat 2nd March 
Gallery open all day 10-17.45
Sun 3rd March 
Chris Haughton book launch and workshop for kids in the gallery alongside the rugs 
Come down for a reading of A Bit Lost, Oh No George and see the new fair trade puppets and toys.
Free with museum entrance. Booking not required.
Mon 4th March 
Pecha Kucha Night: Fair Trade theme
Talk is from 19.30 to 20.45. Drink afterwards until 21.30
PAID EVENT Buy tickets here:
TUESDAY 5th March 
Morning Press event 9-11am




watch the rugs in the collection being made here and follow us on facebook to see more:





Petra Börner


Petra Börner signed rug
Edition of 10
1.75 x 1.15 metres
£950 incl worldwide shipping
Available to buy at the DESIGN MUSEUM SHOP

100% profits from each rug goes to our fair trade project
Watch our video here 

Petra Börner grew up in a small town in Sweden and her Scandinavian roots are present in her work.
She started her career at a Stockholm animation studio and developed her drawing style through collaborations with magazines during her fashion studies at Central St Martins in London. Without formal training in illustration within an increasingly digital market, she’s established her work using a hands-on approach, often involving collage or basic embroidery.
Bridging illustration with fashion & lifestyle design, her work features in fashion and interior design, as well as on book covers and publications worldwide.
Now based in London, she divides her time between the continued demand for commissioned artwork, whilst further developing her own work and product range.
The rug, designed by Petra Börner in collaboration with Made by Node, is titled ‘Klang’. The Swedish title translates as ‘tone’, referring to a colour or a happy sound. The rug is created to add a ‘Klang’ to your home and put a smile on the users face. The original artwork was cut in paper, before being interpreted into the handmade rug design.

Micah Lidberg

Micah Lidberg signed rug
Edition of 10
1.75 x 1.15 metres
£950 incl worldwide shipping
Available to buy at the DESIGN MUSEUM SHOP

100% profits from each rug goes to our fair trade project
Watch our video here 

Micah Lidberg is an illustrator living in Kansas City, Missouri. He studied at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design as well as the University of Brighton, England. The mystery and delight in his images stems from his deep appreciation and curiosity for the wonders of nature. As a child, Micah loved to explore the outdoors directly as well as through books and documentaries. This knowledge and love for the world around him fuelled his insatiable passion for drawing. Micah continues this practice today by bringing pencil to paper, now expanding his work with digital techniques. Often working between the boundaries of design and illustration, Micah seamlessly integrates typography and fantastic hand drawn worlds. His work ranges from editorial projects to apparel collections, including clients such as The New York Times, Lacoste, Nylon Magazine, and Target. Micah is represented by Hugo & Marie.


Marcroy Smith

Macroy Smith signed rug
Edition of 10
1.75 x 1.15 metres
£950 incl worldwide shipping
Available to buy at the DESIGN MUSEUM SHOP

100% profits from each rug goes to our fair trade project
Watch our video here 

London based Marcroy’s multidisciplinary work spans across the fields of graphic design, web design, illustration, printmaking and creative direction. He has worked for numerous clients including Dove, The History Channel, Microsoft and MasterCard alongside smaller clients such as bands and record labels, designing album artwork, t-shirts and skateboards.
Marcroy is the founder and director of People of Print, the world’s largest community and directory of creatives who use print as a process in their work. He has a flair for entrepreneurialism and has just launched Universe: An Advertising Space For Creatives. He has been involved in a number of other Fair Trade projects alongside Chris Haughton of Made by Node.