My name is Mark Thomas. My partner Adrian and I have been designing and crafting jewelry together for nearly 40 years.
In 1999 our insatiable love for this art form led us to the island of Bali Indonesia where the idea for Marche Noir Organics was born!
We traveled the island inside and out-exploring all the natural wonders, meeting the kind and generous Balinese people and discovering ourselves reflected in the spirit of this magical island. We would enter each of the artisan's homes, remove our shoes, sit and explain the products we required. We'd then negotiate a fair price with them that would supply me with the products I needed as well as help support the families of these talented craftspeople who had fallen upon hard times. I recall many an agreement made with a mother resting a child on her hip.
We have traveled thousands of miles for this professional and personal passion. Even though Bali is 30 hours away by plane, We find ourselves returning often. Bali is truly a little piece of Heaven on Earth. This is a place where family and community come first and the people always seems to SMILE. Bali became our second home. We worked with the Balinese people to transform our collective love for art and the natural world into the Marche Noir OrganicsCollection.
This project, with the spirit and talents of the people of Bali, is our dream. We want to bring these wearable works of art to you!
We worked for over a year with the artisans of Bali to select raw materials such as wood, bone, shell and horn. Many of these materials have been reclaimed from the trash heap and sculpted back to a new and beautiful life.Each piece is hand carved in home workshops, which gives the carvers regular work to provide for their family. Many of these artists have had difficulty finding work and feeding their families. We want this project to bring these kind and talented artist much needed sustainability. Each MNO piece is hand crafted in Bali and subject to each artist's interpretation. Small variations in design are beauty marks that make each piece an individual and original work of art.
We hope you will join us in this adventure! We would truly love to share the magical work of the Balinese artists who helped inspire this project with you and we ask for your support in making our dream a reality.
This collection is a culmination of my life's work designing and crafting jewelry. I've made some good decisions in life and some poor ones - but I've always followed my heart. This project is one I can deliver on and would bring me great joy to complete!
Why do we need Kickstarter?
As artisans and small business people, we simply do not have the resources to bring these crafts back from Bali without the support of our community, family, friends and art lovers everywhere - like you!
If we can raise the funds to launch this unique line, including necklaces, cufflinks, earrings, pendants and dog tags, I will oversee the final assembly and finishing work in Chicago Illinois.
What will the money be used for?
Funds we raise from Kickstarter will be used to cover the costs of all raw materials, a fair price for the Bali artisan's time and craftsmanship, shipping to the US, as well as final finishing and packaging.
Kind words from a friend!
"Mark's magnificent spirit gives him leverage to reach across
oceans and bring back with him stories about a generous community. I've
met many other community leaders and no one comes close to matching
Mark's courage to go out on a limb for what he believes in, generosity
toward emerging talent and wisdom in knowing that his actions fulfill a
Please take a look at the rewards included on the right column. Because we have experience as small business owners, we are able to put some really unique items together to entice you, our supporters! Just $25 will get you a lovely piece of art for you to wear and enjoy and make this dream a reality for us! These unique pieces are guaranteed to bring you years of happiness!
$5 or More Reward:
Set of 3 Marche Noir Organic Buttons and A Sacred Monkey Sticker!
Plus a Marche Noir Organics Monkey Sticker!
$15 or More Reward:
Choose 1 of 3 Slick Marche Noir Organics T-Shirt Styles!
Lovely Jewelry Rewards To Choose From!
Select a design that fits your style and Thank You for your support!
$25 or More Reward:
Pendants and Dog Tags!
$35 or More Reward:
A Fiercely Original Hand Carved Pendant!
Your Choice of Wood!
$50 or More Reward:
Choose one set that shows off the warmth and shine of quality designed organic jewelry!
$75 or More Reward:
A Pendant/Earring Set!
Choose 1 set and wear it 2 ways!
With pledges of $100-250or more--you will collect even more beautiful pieces from the collection offered above!
With pledges of $550or more--we will send you a stunning new piece each month--for 18 months!
A pledge of $1000 or more gets you a delicious REWARD!I will take you to dinner at one of my favorite Thai Restaurants in all of Chicago--Thai Pastry! Plus, you will receive a new necklace every month or cufflink set every month for 18 months!
To tempt the artistic adventurer in you, a pledge of $10,000 or more will get you an escorted 7 day vacation to Bali with me!For 4 of the 7 days I will be your personal tour guide! I'll take you to my favorite restaurants in Bali, introduce you to the fabulous artists who hand carve our products and you will have an UNFORGETTABLE visit to the Sacred Monkey Forest! PLUS--1 new piece from the Marche Noir Organics collection each month for 18 months!
Check out the Rewards column on the right side of the page for more details!
With your help to make this Kickstarter project a success, Adrian and I will give a gift of5 percent of the wholesale earnings from the Marche Noir Organics line in the first year as a donation to the Monkey Forest, a sacred monkey sanctuary in the village of Ubud. With the success of this beautiful line of jewelry and your support, we hope to increase that gift over time. Adrian and I found this magical place on accident when we were exploring, certain that we lost! We realize now that this magnificent place found us.
Your Support Will Make Marche Noir Organics Designs As Limitless As The Artist's Imagination!
Risks and challenges
I have traveled thousands of miles and invested an equal amount of my own money into this project already. The gift rewards pictured above are carved and waiting for us to send final payment. My travels to Bali have shown me personally how important and enriching it is to immerse yourself into other cultures and in a global sense, how important it is to recycle and respect the resources of our planet. I care deeply about our world and truly believe that Marche Noir Organics is an environmentally responsible and beautiful line of jewelry that brings a second life to discarded material in the form of wearable works of art. It will also help provide for the artists in Bali who have really had a hard time supporting their families. I truly thank you for taking the time to read about this project, I assure you this is going to be a fantastic journey for both of us. As the Kickstarter rules go, if we do not reach our goal we receive nothing. Please pick a pledge amount that works for you and be a part of the success of Marche Noir Organics--Saving the planet one piece of jewelry at a time!
You'll get a Marche Noir logo sticker and a set of 3 Marche Noir Organics buttons featuring the MNO logo, "Saving the earth one piece of jewelry at a time" quote and of the sacred monkeys! (A $7.50 value)
FREE SHIPPING IN THE USA!
Mark will take you to dinner at his favorite Thai restaurant, Thai Pastry in Chicago, plus a new necklace every month or cufflink set every month for 18 months! A $1350 value (time with Mark is priceless!)
Vacation in Bali with Mark for 7 days! He will introduce you to his family of artists and show you the sacred monkey refuge! Includes R/T airfare, hotel next to the monkey forest, ALL breakfasts, ALL lunches and 4 dinners at Mark's favorite Bali restaurants and for 4 of the 7 days Mark will be your personal tour guide! PLUS 1 new piece (cufflinks and pendants) a month for 18 months! It will be an unforgettable trip of a lifetime!