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Help support the process and completion of an innovative Parsons BFA Thesis Collection inspired by light, technology and mysticism.
Help support the process and completion of an innovative Parsons BFA Thesis Collection inspired by light, technology and mysticism.
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I have done the research, created hundreds of samples, and designed this collection with love and care. Like any good story, this has been through many drafts and now it’s time to develop the final product. This is where you come in! With your help I will be able to create a collection based on innovative light filled and light responsive textiles.

These sketches are representative of the silhouettes I aim to create.
These sketches are representative of the silhouettes I aim to create.
While individual pieces will change and develop over time in order for the final collection to be cohesive, this project will result in a six look collection of women's wear clothing and accessories.
While individual pieces will change and develop over time in order for the final collection to be cohesive, this project will result in a six look collection of women's wear clothing and accessories.

CONCEPT

After exploring my own personal connection with light and considering all the ways in which light affects clothing, I became determined to make light the focus of my thesis.
After exploring my own personal connection with light and considering all the ways in which light affects clothing, I became determined to make light the focus of my thesis.
I’m striving to create a collection that tells its own story about light and culture through materials.*
I’m striving to create a collection that tells its own story about light and culture through materials.*

RESEARCH

The silhouettes take into consideration science fiction costumes from the 60’s and segments of historical dress from different era’s while patterns, color, and textures call forth the mysticism of natural light and the crispness of artificial light.
The silhouettes take into consideration science fiction costumes from the 60’s and segments of historical dress from different era’s while patterns, color, and textures call forth the mysticism of natural light and the crispness of artificial light.
This collection seeks to materialize the visual and physical sensations of light. Through an exploration of materials via technological and traditional methods the textiles within the collection express different components of the visual spectrum.
This collection seeks to materialize the visual and physical sensations of light. Through an exploration of materials via technological and traditional methods the textiles within the collection express different components of the visual spectrum.

COLOR STORY

I felt it was important to have a color story inspired by the spectrum of visible light and in particular the experience of light based interactive art.
I felt it was important to have a color story inspired by the spectrum of visible light and in particular the experience of light based interactive art.

TEXTILES

Sun dyed leather and suede.
Sun dyed leather and suede.
Sun dyed cotton. Patterns created through pleating and smocking.
Sun dyed cotton. Patterns created through pleating and smocking.
Sun dyed silk with pattern created through pleating.
Sun dyed silk with pattern created through pleating.
Foiling on twill and reflective printing on silk.
Foiling on twill and reflective printing on silk.
Double bed, single bed, and hand knits with wrapped silk and rayon yarn.
Double bed, single bed, and hand knits with wrapped silk and rayon yarn.
Detail of fiber optic fabric.
Detail of fiber optic fabric.
Double bed, single bed, and hand knits.
Double bed, single bed, and hand knits.
Detail of Moon Phases laser cut in lamb skin is organic and modern simultaneously.
Detail of Moon Phases laser cut in lamb skin is organic and modern simultaneously.

Pictured above are textiles I have developed during my research. I will be mixing traditional techniques like hand knitting and with innovative techniques like reflective printing, fiber optics, and laser cutting. By combining traditional materials and techniques with technology and innovation I will create my own version of a space age inspired bohemian wardrobe for the modern girl.

UPDATE 11/20:

This project was chosen as a STAFF PICK. Thank you Kickstarter!

Thank you Kickstarter for providing creatives like me with a platform on which to crowd fund dreams.
Thank you Kickstarter for providing creatives like me with a platform on which to crowd fund dreams.

Update 12/10

This Kickstarter Project was featured in an amazing article written by Senior Fashion Editor for the Huffington Post, Julee Wilson, about the difficulties of funding senior thesis and being a black woman in a creative field.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ayo-keys-kickstarter-black-fashion-student_5669bcd4e4b080eddf5755f5?4x6r#comments

Thank you Julee and HuffPost!

PAST WORK

The majority of my work can be viewed online at www.ayokeys.com.

Please click on this photo Link to view the other items in this Capsule Collection.
Please click on this photo Link to view the other items in this Capsule Collection.
                

EXPERIENCE

At the moment I am working as a design intern for lemlem a lifestyle brand owned by super model Liya Kebede that is hand made in Ethiopia with traditional hand woven Ethiopian cotton textiles. 

In the past I have also worked/interned with CR Fashion BookHONOR NYCSTYLE.COM / INDIGITAL MEDIA, KARL TEMPLER STUDIOS / Interview MagazineMichael Kors, and Club Monaco.

In addition to my three years as a Parson School of Design BFA student I have taken multiple sewing and construction courses at Moore College of Art and Design and produced and designed a ten piece fashion show while in high school.

FOLLOW THE MONEY

At first glance $10,000 may seem like a lot, but I’ve broken it down, and it’s just the perfect amount for me to finish the sample making process of my collection and complete the final garments and presentation.

I’ve factored in the 5% fee and payment processing fees (between 3%-5%) that go to this amazing platform once my project is successfully funded.

The remainder of the crowdfunded money will be used to purchase materials in order for me to create my textiles, purchase supplemental woven fabrics as needed, out source specialized knits and finishing, prepare the final presentation, and don’t forget the material involved in making the wonderful handcrafted incentives for you (my wonderful backers). 

MATERIALS includes yarns (wrapped silk, merino, acrylic for wearable and unique light inspired knitwear), Fiber Optics (fiber optic panels, batteries, circuit building tools for safe application in garments), reflective fibers and paint, leathers, silicones, plastics, and bonding agents, screen and digital printing materials, zippers, buttons, various trims, as well as muslin and pattern paper for sample making.

OUTSOURCING includes the finishing of knits and garments by special technicians with tools and machines that I don’t have access to within my university studios.

FINAL PRESENTATION cost include photographer, photo studio, models, hair and makeup, and look book printing.

REWARDS

I’ve put together some amazing hand made rewards for your generous pledges. Everything from personalized thank you notes, to laser cut keychains, personalized accessories, and invitations for you and friends to a presentation of the Final Collection. The pledge rewards are in a column to the right. There is an additional cost of shipping for some items which you will see reflected in your cart as you checkout.

DISCLAIMER 

*I do not own all of the images used in within the collages. They are being used in order to visually convey different facets of my inspiration. If you are the owner of any of the images or works pictured in the collage images above please contact me so that I may remove the image.

Risks and challenges

I know that timing will be a challenge when working with so many different materials and making functional garments. With this in mind, I have created a schedule to help me complete this collection by May with delays and due dates in mind.

I’ve also done an immense amount of research and created countless samples and am confident that the final pieces will become what I intended them to be. The huge potential result and message of my collection pushes me to accomplish the goal by any means necessary.

I will keep you, my backers, regularly updated with progress updates on a monthly basis so that you can see the process every step of the way.

This collection will be completed regardless of any challenges I face, however, the more support I receive the better the overall work will be for you and for me.

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    EVERY PENNY COUNTS

    Thank you for helping me get a step closer to creating an amazing Thesis. My everlasting gratitude.

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    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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    A HANDWRITTEN HIGH FIVE

    A signed editorial photo of the final collection and personalized thank you note.

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    You are helping to provide different types of closures like snaps, buttons and zippers.

    You will receive the above as well as a digital look book of the final collection.

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    PRESENTATION

    Now you are helping me get parts and pieces of the final presentation of the collection like the printing of my look book for panel.

    You will receive the above as well as a laser cut keychain.

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    MATERIALITY

    Thank You so much for making this possible! You are helping to provided different materials for fabric manipulations and construction like yarn, cyanotype paint, prints etc.

    You will also receive the above as well as a zippered pencil case (11"X6") with a print from the collection.

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    FABRICATION

    You are truly an amazing person!!!! You are now helping me purchase fabrics such as wool, cotton, canvas and other materials.

    You will receive all of the rewards above and
    will also be featured as a sponsor in my look book.

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    LUXURY GOODS

    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! You are helping me purchase all of my special materials for the collection and for all of the accessories. So, you should have some special accessories as well.

    You will receive a collection branded canvas shopping tote (19"wide x 8"deep x 14"tall).

    You will also receive a personal invite for you and a friend to the presentation of my collection in NYC as well as a signed collection look book (coffee table quality).

    You're name will also be featured as a sponsor in my look book.

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    ABOVE AND BEYOND

    Words cannot explain my immense gratitude. You are helping me to outsource specialized fabrications such as embroidery, weaving and printing.

    Most importantly you will receive a special edition collection branded tote (19"wide x 8"deep x 14"tall) that will carry a special leather patch with your initials and recognition of your contribution to the making of the collection.

    You will receive a personal invite for you and 2 friends to the presentation of my collection in NYC as well as a signed collection look book (coffee table quality).

    You're name will also be featured as a sponsor in my look book.

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    GOING FOR GOLD

    You are making this collection happen! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!

    You will receive a special edition collection branded tote (19"wide x 8"deep x 14"tall) that will carry a special leather patch with your initials and recognition of your contribution to the making of the collection.

    You also will receive a knitwear item from a curated list from the collection to be crafted just for you! Your knit will be collection branded and carry a special leather patch with your initials and recognition of your contribution to the making of the collection.

    You will receive a personal invite for you and 3 friends to the presentation of my collection in NYC as well as an individually signed collection look book(coffee table quality).

    You're name will also be featured as a sponsor in my look book.

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