I created Belindabilly in 2007 when I was still in school because I just couldn't wait to start. Since then, I have grown a lot and so has the company, but this next step I can't do alone. With the help of Kickstarter, I will create a twelve-look collection for Fall 2012, made completely with organic and fair trade materials. I want to show that eco-friendly fashions are both possible and fashion-forward. The collection will be presented on the runway of Columbia Style Week in Columbia, SC, and I hope to show at the emerging designer competitions at Charleston Fashion Week in Charleston, SC and Jacksonville Fashion Week in Jacksonville, FL.
Producing a twelve piece collection not only takes a lot of time to create - from concept and fabric research to pattern making to sewing prototypes to fittings to sewing final garments - but it also takes a lot of money, especially for organic and fair trade materials. I have already completed the designs, the fabric sourcing and textile design, and will have completed the patterns by the funding deadline. Your Kickstarter funds will be used to purchase and ship the fabrics and supplies for the collection, as well as cover the cost of a sewing assistant and a fit model.
About the collection
This is my fall 2012 collection and is called Night Flight of Dread and Delight, after a surrealist painting by Skunder Boghossian. Though the clothing from this collection is meant to exist in the same dream world as the painting, I also used many details from a Yoruban ceremonial dance garment called the egungun, including the movement of the garments and the more simplistic geometric patterns. The last detail that I added to the collection is a printed wool inspired by a photo of a gold miner splattered by gold mud that was printed in an issue of National Geographic magazine.
Organic and Fair Trade Materials
The fabrics in the collection include an organic wool twill that I will hand-print with water-based inks, an organic and fair trade hemp and silk blend that will also be hand-printed, open knits that I will create from organic wool and cotton yarns, Indian Khadi organic and fair trade cottons dyed and printed with vegetable pigments, hand-woven organic and fair trade Indian yarn-dyed cottons, and finally digitally printed organic cotton fabrics using images from the Boghossian painting.
Your pledges aren't charity. You will get exclusive rewards as a thank you for your funds. I will be updating with images of the Kickstarter-only designs of the Belindabilly cards, printed scarf, and a sample of the watercolor illustrations.
Remember, only fully pledged projects get funded, so we appreciate any amount you can give! And tell your friends!
Update: Here are the designs for the $25 pledge - Organic cotton jersey scarf. It measures 7"x42". One side has a digital print used in the collection and the other side is screen printed with a quote from one of the Surealists. This first one is from the writer Andre Breton.
"Objects seen in dreams should be manufactured and put on sale" -Andre Breton
"One Day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened as reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams" -Salvador Dali
This last design is screen printed on both sides rather than a digital print.
"Give me two hours a day of activity and I'll take the other twenty-two in dreams." -Salvador Dali
You may choose any one of these three designs for your $25 pledge.
Update: Here is a sample watercolor illustration for the $50 pledge.
This is just a sample; each illustration will vary in composition and character. You may choose any outfit from the 12 piece collection to be illustrated for your $50 pledge
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