Unique, colourful and characterful, each Songbird Paperweight Whistle depicts some of our favourite Australian and global birds. Ethically hand-shaped from clay, fired then beautifully hand-painted, each Songbird Paperweight features a single note whistle, presented with a story card and fabric gift pouch.
Songbird Collection has found its home in the hearts of birdlife lovers and ethical consumers alike. Since 2015, Songbird has successfully provided employment to nine artisans in Thailand, and has donated over $10,000 to Australian Birdlife Conservation projects.
Songbird’s story starts with Founder Alexandra Sommer, who brings her rich background in design and her appreciation of the natural world into the foundations of the business.
In 2011, Alexandra first travelled to a small village, about 30 minutes drive from Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand. As soon as she arrived, she was overwhelmed by the immense talent of the women with whom she met. When they weren’t taking part in seasonal agricultural work, they were working with clay and creating unique pieces of art that were full of colour and story.
Unfortunately, their craft depended on tourism, which was too unpredictable. With so many women being the sole bread-winner for their families, there wasn’t enough work to rely on to support their families.
Alexandra kept in touch with the women and, in 2015, when she heard that demand for the women’s work had dried up and they were no longer producing their craft, she founded Songbird. She already knew there was a market for beautiful pieces, as she’d introduced the original bird necklaces in her hometown of Hobart after her first travels to great success. Alexandra knew she could give the women an opportunity to sustain their craft while also pursuing her own vision for the company.
In 2020, Songbird established an Artisan Community Fund, providing health and education support for their artisans, their families and village community. The fund draws from sales of the original range of Asian Songbirds as they make a return. This also marks an expansion as Songbird looks to celebrate birdlife all over the world.
Every time you purchase a Songbird, a whole community benefits.