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Lucy TammamBy Lucy Tammam
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Lucy TammamBy Lucy Tammam
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About

Imagine a dress which embodies craftsmanship, art and beauty, and with all this holds a story woven intrinsically into it. I want to create this, wearable art; a haute couture gown made of silk spun and collected from wild and empty cocoons collected from North East India, designed and handmade at Atelier Tammam, London and finally hand painted by the renowned contemporary artist Mikey Georgeson who is collaborating with me on this project.

As a couturier with a sustainable, ecological and vegan approach, I have had a constant battle with silk, spending the last ten years sourcing fair trade and cruelty free supply chains in India and Nepal.

Silk is the most lustrous natural fibre; it has inspired myths, the silk route, extraordinary designs and is a connection between the most luxurious fashions and weavers and craftsmen from across the globe. Despite its rich history and radiance, the conventional process of making silk sees thousands of moths boiled alive for the sake of a length of cloth.

In North Eastern India the cottage industries are aided by the native Eri Silk moth which is often hand reared within bedrooms, and still flourishes in the wild. Having spun it's cocoon the moth leaves through a small hole in the bottom. This gentle, mutual respect is vital for traditional survival. The months escape mechanism means longer, more lustrous fibres are produced to be processed into silky radiant fabric.

This ecological, stunning silk is the inspiration for our innovative project to create the ultimate sustainable haute couture gown, where we shall revere the moth.

The artist and hand crafted, hand painted accessories

The collaboration with artist and illustrator Mikey Georgeson and his hand painting on the the dress represents the collaboration of art and sustainable couture, which we are reflecting in our pledges.

Together we have created a very limited edition set of hand painted scarves, ties, pocket squares and shift dresses. These limited, luxurious, wearable works of art are rewards for pledges. 

Lost in the paradox pocket square £80
Lost in the paradox pocket square £80
Eye & Mind tie £160
Eye & Mind tie £160
Perception scarf £250
Perception scarf £250
Eye & Mind Visible scarf £250
Eye & Mind Visible scarf £250
Kim Novak scarf £250
Kim Novak scarf £250

All are hand crafted, fair trade, using the finest Eri silks, hand painted and are the sketches of the final gown.

Mikey has also illustrated a limited collection of drawings onto North East Indian "poo paper," these are also the drawings of our printed, certified FSC certified card designs as a chance for a lower cost version of his artwork.

Poo paper drawings
Poo paper drawings
Mikey's Moths
Mikey's Moths

Ultimately we are offering an haute couture Georgeson Tammam gown. For £5000 we will create a bespoke gown (worth up to £8000) using the found silk, hand made in the Tammam Atelier, hand painted by Mikey, and bespoke to you and your style. Due to the limited amount of fabric we are able to produce we can only make a maximum of 3 bespoke Moth in the Flame gowns.

A Tammam haute couture gown
A Tammam haute couture gown

Own your very own wild silk cocoon, the moth who made it has flown away and is happy.

A found Eri cocoon £5
A found Eri cocoon £5

Experiences

You can come along to our screening and dress unveiling party in November next year at Atelier Tammam in Bloomsbury. Drinks and canapes, a screening of the full Moth in the flame video with Mikey Georgeson's recording of 'Moth in the Flame,'' the fabulous soundtrack for this project, and see our couture gown in real life.


Eleanor Tomlinson being styled at a Tammam photoshoot
Eleanor Tomlinson being styled at a Tammam photoshoot

To take part in the adventure, join us at the celebrity photo shoot. In the past Tammam has dressed the likes of Eleanor Tomlinson, Alicia Silverstone, Olivia Williams, Jenny Aguter and many more fabulous and fascinating women, we will ask one of our celebrity friends to wear the dress for the photo shoot and you can come along and help. Date in October / November 2015 and location TBC.

The more money we collect the more beautiful and extravagant the gown can be, and the more cloth we can make using the found silk, benefiting artisans and villagers in North East India. Our ultimate goal is to create a found silk supply chain to make a totally hand crafted, fully found wild silk fabric for our Tammam haute couture gowns, this will be fulfilled as part of a planned production and sourcing trip.

We hope you have seen some inspirational Christmas presents. Thank you very much for supporting our campaign and many thanks to Ashley Jones for the amazing video and images.

We hope you like our story and our work, with love from me, Mikey and the Moths...

Ms Tammam

Risks and challenges

Mikey has just a few days to paint the pieces and get them sent out in time for Christmas, as long as the Royal Mail doesn't let us down we can count on our artist to deliver. We have a very limited number of scarves, ties & pocket squares ready, dresses will be made in the Tammam Atelier by one of our in house seamstresses using stock peace silk fabric, and poo paper pieces just need to be cut from A5 sheets, so we have made sure there is enough time for Mikey to paint them all before the last Christmas post.

Digitally printed items will be created on the day after the kickstarter ends and posted along with the painted pieces.

Our ultimate goal, to create a found silk supply chain and ultimately a totally hand crafted, fully found wild silk fabric to make into a couture gown(s) will be fulfilled as part of a planned production and sourcing trip. The fabric will be hand carried back to the UK and made into a couture gown(s) in the Tammam Atelier. Mikey will paint the finished dress(es). We may get held up at the fabric stage, in which case the producers I work with in North East India will oversee the production and ensure the fabric is sent to me in time for the dress(es) to be created and unveiled at the Moth in the flame party in November.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.27

    The Moths will thank you, and so will we on twitter.

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    Your name and message will be put on our facebook page and you will have the love of silk moths everywhere.

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    Printed Moth in the Flame cigarette card A7 size, printed on FSC certified paper with artwork by Mikey Georgeson.

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    Your very own wild peace silk cocoon.

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    Printed Moth in the Flame post card A6 size, printed on FSC certified paper with artwork by Mikey Georgeson.

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    Hand painted Moth in the Flame cigarette card A7 size, on eco elephant and rhino poo (it doesn't smell like poo) paper. Artwork by Mikey Georgeson. (Please note each art work will be slightly different due to the nature of painting by hand - the design theme will be as the image)

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    Hand painted Moth in the Flame picture card A6 size, on eco elephant and rhino poo (it doesn't smell like poo) paper. Artwork by Mikey Georgeson. (Please note each art work will be slightly different due to the nature of painting by hand - the design theme will be as the image)

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    Have your very own piece of peace silk, from the found silk supply chain, hand painted in the Moth in the Flame theme by Mikey.

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    Come to the Party! Get an exclusive invite to the Moth in the Flame film screening and dress unveiling in November 2015 (Date TBC). This VIP event will be held at Atelier Tammam in central London and includes unlimited drink, canapes and a chance to rub shoulders with me, Mikey and lots of cool moth loving people. The Moths will thank you, and so will we on our twitter feed. If you'd like to bring a plus 1 (or 2) please pledge the right amount and we'll ask you for names at a later date.

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    Hand painted peace silk pocket square. Using black fabric ink Mikey will hand paint you a pocket square in the Moth in the Flame film noir theme. (Please note each art work will be slightly different due to the nature of painting by hand - the design theme will be as the image)

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    Limited edition artisan stitched peace silk tie. Hand painted by Mikey in the Moth in the Flame film noir theme. (Please note each art work will be slightly different due to the nature of painting by hand - the design theme will be as the image)

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    Hand loomed peace silk scarf. Hand painted by Mikey in the Moth in the Flame film noir theme. (Please note each art work will be slightly different due to the nature of painting by hand - the design theme will be as the image) Please chose which of the 3 designs you would like, or we can chose for you.

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    Your chance to come to our celebrity photoshoot, where we will take pictures of our haute couture gown, in November 2015. Get the VIP treatment and an opportunity to help out on set. Plus your name and message will be put on our facebook page and you will have the love of silk moths everywhere.

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    A beautiful simple shift dress, hand made at the Tammam Atelier in size 8/10 or 12/14. Hand painted by Mikey in the Moth in the Flame film noir theme. (Please note each art work will be slightly different due to the nature of painting by hand - the design theme will be as the image). Plus an invite to the party in November 2015.

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    A couture, hand crafted, made to measure, bespoke gown worth up to £8000. Made using the found silk hand loom material. Hand painted by Mikey Georgeson in the Moth in the Flame film noir theme. All art and design work to your own specifications. You will need to come to our central London studio for fittings and to pick up the gown. This gown will have no other embellishments (such as embroidery, applique or beading) included, but may be added at extra cost. If you would like this to be your wedding dress we can arrange for the gown to be painted after your big day. Plus you get 2 invites to the party in November.

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