Feather Adornment, Jewelry, Headdresses, and Tribal Clothing to fund New Orleans Design Center
The launch of my new lines of feather jewelry, seedpod hats, and clothing in 2012 and the funds generated from THIS seed money, backed by YOUr generous contributions, will ULTIMATELY go towards a Design Center here in New Orleans- hopefully by NEXT YEAR! This center will function as a space where Artisans and Crafters can COME TOGETHER to CREATE COLLECTIVELY, versus working alone in isolated studios!
There are so many creative people here, and it is so important to nourish and encourage COMMUNITY, to share SKILL SETS, and to LIFT ARTISTS UP TO INSPIRE THE WORLD and CREATE CHANGE. Envision a space where you could set up your studio, whether it be painting, leatherwork, making magical dolls, a photography lab, or printmaking-- and COME and GO freely as you like, being surrounded by fellow artists who cook meals, share stories, and form community together! Often playfully called 'Stitch n' Bitch' sessions here in New Orleans, there are many examples of the fulfillment and real change that gathering intentionally to create art can do.
Example of $20 Pledge Below! Feather Clip with Leather Leaves!
All three of these lines are inspired by the people and city of New Orleans and the playful, unrestrained self-expression that occurs here so abundantly. All clothing and accessories by Wax & Wane are produced locally and use Up-Cycled fabrics and natural materials that come from sustainable sources. It's TIME TO FUSE THE DREAM WITH REALITY! I am eternally grateful for your generosity and contributions- anything helps!!! And, the rewards are directly from the lines and are, like, SUPER cool and pretty much at market value. What a DEAL!!! ;-) Read on for the breakdown of the COSTS and REWARDS! Wooooo!
$35 Pledge Reward: Small Feather Earrings from the Spring Line!
With $5000, I will be able to buy supplies and feathers from U.S. harvested birds, hire help, and create a line of STUNNING feather jewelry with multiple copies of the designs (about 600 pieces total!), and create a catalog to send out to boutiques and retailers.
$50 Pledge Reward: Medium-Sized Long Feather Earrings w/stones!
Wax & Wane Designs is gaining momentum; I constantly sell out of all my creations at art markets, and 10 different boutiques have been waiting (........) for shipments for quite some time. But instead of creating one-of-a-kind pieces over and over again, I need your help to officially release my first lines of FEATHER JEWELRY, ORGANIC MILLINERY, and CLOTHING in 2012.
$75 Pledge Reward: Choice of Side Angle or Traditional Bustle Skirt
$100 Pledge Reward: Upcycled Embellished Clothing! (with example of detachable wrist cuffs to wear with any jacket!)
$145 Pledge Reward: Adjustable Flapper-Style Headdress
$250 Reward Pledge Amount: A sneak peak of the darker color combo for what a Men's Jacket might look like for the Fall Clothing Line!
$350 Pledge Reward: Custom Headdress! Mardi Gras? Halloween? New Year's? A random Tuesday afternoon in New Orleans? YeA!
$500 Pledge Reward: A full outfit from the Fall Line!
TO DO THIS, I need YOUR help!! Instead of asking for $20,000 to put a down payment on a space and make this happen immediately, I'm trusting based on the feedback I've received so far, that my new lines will be successful and will in turn raise the money to manifest the DESIGN CENTER! Wax & Wane Designs is gaining momentum; I constantly sell out of all my creations at art markets, and 10 different boutiques have been waiting (........) for shipments for quite some time. But instead of creating one-of-a-kind pieces over and over again, I need your help to officially release my first lines of FEATHER JEWELRY, ORGANIC MILLINERY, and CLOTHING in 2012.
With $7500, I will also be able to purchase natural cotton, bamboo, and hemp fabrics to create my very first line of clothing to be debuted at the Eco Fashion Show I'm curating on December 1st partnered with the Global Social Change Film Festival. How this partnership has taken shape is one of those divinely synchronistic occurrences that only come a few times in life. It will possibly be partnered with Project Runway and Donna Karran, and showcase not only my designs but other earth-conscious designers in the area in a spectacular production of performance art to be aired internationally.
TRIBE!!! Extra special thanks to Scott McKibben and his film project, Eye of the Crow, for the incredible video and all of your patience! Mel for assistance and coaching, Ryan for your endless support, Leah, Lester, Lydia, and GiGi for you good looks and enthusiasm to contribute and play, James Oroc for the amazing photo shoot, Terina for last-minute body-painting, and to Corinne, Syda, and Tyson for your editing and constructive critique! All of this has been made possible by you, and I am endlessly grateful.
Thank-YOU so much for your support, pledges, and generosity! Please share with your friends and help spread the word! If you have any questions about the rewards, want to see more pics, or just want to HoLLa! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Release Your Inner Gypsy Child, Go Forth & Inspire, Goddess! <3 Natalie
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