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My dream of creating original organic jewelry made from reclaimed materials, inspired by Balinese artisans and assembled in the USA.

What is Marche Noir Organics?
What is Marche Noir Organics?

Our Story  

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 Organics Collection. 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.

Marche Noir Cufflinks and Designer Boxes Made from Recycled Materials.
Marche Noir Cufflinks and Designer Boxes Made from Recycled Materials.

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 higher calling."

~Pon Angara, Board Member of Local First Chicago

Rewards!

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!

You Get a Set of 3!
You Get a Set of 3!

Plus a Marche Noir Organics Monkey Sticker!

This Sacred Monkey Will Stick With You!
This Sacred Monkey Will Stick With You!

$15 or More Reward: 

Choose 1 of 3 Slick Marche Noir Organics T-Shirt Styles!

A great look on men and women! Sizes S-M-L-XL
A great look on men and women! Sizes S-M-L-XL

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!

Choose one!

$25 or More-REWARD 1 (Sono Wood or East Indian Rosewood: Purple-brown heartwood with attractive dark streaks and yellowish white sapwood, often with a purple or red tinge.-Limit 100)
$25 or More-REWARD 1 (Sono Wood or East Indian Rosewood: Purple-brown heartwood with attractive dark streaks and yellowish white sapwood, often with a purple or red tinge.-Limit 100)
$25 or More-REWARD 2 (Reclaimed Horn-Limit 100)
$25 or More-REWARD 2 (Reclaimed Horn-Limit 100)
$25 or More-REWARD 3 (Reclaimed Bone-Limit 75)
$25 or More-REWARD 3 (Reclaimed Bone-Limit 75)
$25 or More-REWARD 4 (Reclaimed Sono Wood. This wood is often used to smoke food or furniture making-Limit 75)
$25 or More-REWARD 4 (Reclaimed Sono Wood. This wood is often used to smoke food or furniture making-Limit 75)
$25 or More-REWARD 5 (Sono Wood-Limit 100)
$25 or More-REWARD 5 (Sono Wood-Limit 100)
$25 or More-REWARD 6 (Reclaimed Horn-Limit 100)
$25 or More-REWARD 6 (Reclaimed Horn-Limit 100)
$25 or More-REWARD 7 (Sono Wood-Limit 125)
$25 or More-REWARD 7 (Sono Wood-Limit 125)
$25 or More-REWARD 8 (Reclaimed Horn-Limit 125)
$25 or More-REWARD 8 (Reclaimed Horn-Limit 125)
$25 or More-REWARD 9-Croc-Style Dog Tag (Reclaimed Horn-Limit 100)
$25 or More-REWARD 9-Croc-Style Dog Tag (Reclaimed Horn-Limit 100)
$25 or More-REWARD 10-Basket Weave Dog Tag (Sabo Wood: Sabo is a slightly different type of hardwood that expresses its unique character in its color and shading.-Limit 100)
$25 or More-REWARD 10-Basket Weave Dog Tag (Sabo Wood: Sabo is a slightly different type of hardwood that expresses its unique character in its color and shading.-Limit 100)
$25 or More-REWARD 11-Morning Star Dog Tag (Sono Wood-Limit 100)
$25 or More-REWARD 11-Morning Star Dog Tag (Sono Wood-Limit 100)

$35 or More Reward:

A Fiercely Original Hand Carved Pendant! 

Your Choice of Wood!

$35 or More REWARD 12-Smiling Beastie (Sono Wood-Limit 100)
$35 or More REWARD 12-Smiling Beastie (Sono Wood-Limit 100)
$35 or More REWARD 13-Smiling Beastie (Sabo Wood-Limit 100)
$35 or More REWARD 13-Smiling Beastie (Sabo Wood-Limit 100)

$50 or More Reward: 

Cufflinks!

Choose one set that shows off the warmth and shine of quality designed organic jewelry!

$50 or More REWARD 14-Faceted Tiger Eye-Tiger Eye is a stone of paradox and polarities. It can help you to see both sides of an argument without becoming biased! It is also often used to help ease depression. (Limit 50)
$50 or More REWARD 14-Faceted Tiger Eye-Tiger Eye is a stone of paradox and polarities. It can help you to see both sides of an argument without becoming biased! It is also often used to help ease depression. (Limit 50)
$50 or More REWARD 15-Faceted Amethyst-Amethyst is the stone of tranquility and will bring a peaceful clarity to meditation. (Limit 50)
$50 or More REWARD 15-Faceted Amethyst-Amethyst is the stone of tranquility and will bring a peaceful clarity to meditation. (Limit 50)
$50 or More REWARD 16-Picture Jasper Crystal-Picture Jasper is the stone for connecting with the Earth. It can help facilitate Astral Projection. (Limit 50)
$50 or More REWARD 16-Picture Jasper Crystal-Picture Jasper is the stone for connecting with the Earth. It can help facilitate Astral Projection. (Limit 50)
$50 or More REWARD 17-Faceted Quartz Inclusions-Quartz Can be used in cleansing to help absorb negative energy. (Limit 50)
$50 or More REWARD 17-Faceted Quartz Inclusions-Quartz Can be used in cleansing to help absorb negative energy. (Limit 50)
$50 or More REWARD 18-Faceted Rock Quartz-Quartz strongly resonates with the nervous system and is useful in many pain reduction techniques. (Limit 50)
$50 or More REWARD 18-Faceted Rock Quartz-Quartz strongly resonates with the nervous system and is useful in many pain reduction techniques. (Limit 50)

$75 or More Reward: 

A Pendant/Earring Set!

Choose 1 set and wear it 2 ways!

$75 or More REWARD 19-Black Lily (Limit 10)
$75 or More REWARD 19-Black Lily (Limit 10)
$75 or More REWARD 20-Wood Phoenix (Limit 10)
$75 or More REWARD 20-Wood Phoenix (Limit 10)
$75 or More REWARD 21-Black Web (Limit 10)
$75 or More REWARD 21-Black Web (Limit 10)
$75 or More REWARD 22-Black Butterflies (Limit 10)
$75 or More REWARD 22-Black Butterflies (Limit 10)
$75 or More REWARD 23-Black Vines (Limit 10)
$75 or More REWARD 23-Black Vines (Limit 10)

With pledges of $100-250 or more--you will collect even more beautiful pieces from the collection offered above!

With pledges of $550 or 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!

The people of Bali are amazing artists and gentle souls. You will not forget this trip!
The people of Bali are amazing artists and gentle souls. You will not forget this trip!

Check out the Rewards column on the right side of the page for more details!

Monkey Forest

With your help to make this Kickstarter project a success, Adrian and I will give a gift of 5 percent of the wholesale earnings from the Marche Noir Organics line in the first year as a donation to the Monkey Foresta 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.

Help us keep these monkeys safe and happy!
Help us keep these monkeys safe and happy!

Your Support Will Make Marche Noir Organics Designs As Limitless As The Artist's Imagination!

Dog Tags
Dog Tags
Cufflinks
Cufflinks
Pendant Varieties
Pendant Varieties
Reclaimed Materials and Original Designs!
Reclaimed Materials and Original Designs!
Enjoy the Warmth of Organic Jewelry!
Enjoy the Warmth of Organic Jewelry!
Marche Noir Organics Logo
Marche Noir Organics Logo

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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!

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    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!

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    Two pieces from the $25 reward offer and one $50 reward piece along with two Marche Noir Organics T-shirts! A $195 value! FREE SHIPPING IN THE USA!

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    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!)

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    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!

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