Bow ties hand made from fun and found materials in Forest Hills, Queens, NYC. Fashioning the future of neckwear.
NICE TO MEET YOU.
My name is Nicholas Tee Ruiz and I make some rather interesting bow ties. I also work for The Museum Modern Art (MoMA) in the Special Programming & Events department. I'm 24 and I have a dream - create awesome bow ties that aren't outsourced and make you feel great. You can find me exploring Forest Hills, Queens, NYC - where I live, bake, and create.
photo credit: Forest Hills, Queens, NYC. ForestHillsClub.org
ONCE UPON A TIME...
What started off as a sustainable way to look dapper for events at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) - has blossomed into a forward thinking initiative to re-purpose everyday materials into works of wearable art. In January 2011, I challenged myself to construct 11 unique bow ties designed around the major exhibition openings and benefit events orchestrated by the Special Programming & Events department at MoMA that year. These became: The Bow Tie Collection. The bow ties derived from exhibitions were inspired by talks with curatorial colleagues, artist research, gut feelings, and my technical studies. Benefit events allowed more freedom as I was not constrained but challenged to interpret the events in a creative way.
Bow Tie #1. Assembled February 2011 for Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914. Guitar picks, wooden hanger, super glue. Forest Hills, Queens, New York
photo credit: Picasso Guitars: 1912-1914. The Museum of Modern Art
WHY BOW TIES?
Because who doesn’t love a bow tie! You can’t help but give a little grin when you see one, and putting one on, well that’s just an even more stupendous feeling. Every single penny of your donation will go directly towards helping me start my bow tie start-up. It aint easy being a one man shop - and that’s where you, and you, and YOU come in.
Bow Tie #10. Assembled November 2011 for Contemporary Galleries 1980-Now. Acetaminophen pills, multiple adhesives, plastic knife. Forest Hills, Queens, New York
photo credit: Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now. Keith Haring. Untitled. 1982. The Museum of Modern Art
I <3 YOUR HELP!
I need your help to launch my bow tie brand, Nicholas Tee, in Fall 2012. The future home of purchasable bow ties, collections and more!
Your $ will go towards: materials and fabrics, production tools, super cool snap clasps, sustainable packaging, licensing, marketing materials, website design, a gallery show and launch events, and all of my Kickstarter backers’ rewards.
Each and every one of you that donates $1 or more will immediately
become part of my team, because frankly, I could not do this without
you. In return, I will reward your support with fun one-of-kind gifts,
including a limited edition suede bow tie, handmade by me for a $150
donation. And everyone that donates at least $10 will be invited to my
gallery launch party this summer. Fun times!
Check back here as I update you on the adventure. I’m excited to share my designs and creations with all of you.
Bow Tie #9. Assembled October/November 2011 for MoMA Film Benefit 2011. Film negatives, MTA MetroCard, super glue. Forest Hills, Queens, New York
photo credit: Film Benefit 2011 honoring Pedro Almodóvar. The Museum of Modern Art
SPREAD THE BOW TIE LOVE.
• like my project Made in Forest Hills on Facebook here.
• share this Kickstarter project with your friends.
• blog about my bow ties.
• tweet nice things to @BowTieBoy
• celebrate #BowTieFriday and wear one!
Bow Tie #6. Assembled July 2011 for Talk to Me: Design and Communication between People and Objects. Computer parts (wiring, cords, and circuit boards), metal wiring, super glue, cork, and paper card stock. Forest Hills, Queens, New York
photo credit: Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects. The Museum of Modern Art
WHAT OTHERS HAVE BEEN SAYING.
Bow Tie #2. Assembled March 2011 for the Armory Show 2011 After-Party. LEGOS®, super glue. Forest Hills, Queens, New York
photo credit: Armory Show 2011 After-Party performance by Kate Nash. The Museum of Modern Art
LET'S STAY IN TOUCH.
A NOTE TO MY BOW TIE BACKERS: Please allow time at the end of the campaign for me to make your rewards and have them delivered safely to your doorstep. There will be two bow tie events, (NYC & CT) and invitations will be emailed. Tee-shirts are currently available in adult sizes S/M/L/XL. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out - Thank you! #bowtielove
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