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Help Us Offer Creative Opportunities To The Homeless And Mentally Ill

As seen in VICE and Big Issue

Homeless artist ROL reviewing his designs
Homeless artist ROL reviewing his designs

Hopeful Traders is the original clothing brand to collaborate with artists affected by homelessness and mental illness. We are raising money to fund production of our next line of clothing designed in collaboration with people affected by homelessness and mental illness. 10% of sales go directly to the artist that collaborated on the design. Profits are then reinvested into charities and community projects chosen by the artists.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CURRENT COLLECTION AVAILABLE AS REWARDS

Note: we are not a charity and due to Kickstarter's rules we cannot donate any of the money raised directly to charity. We can however use it to produce a new collection, the sales of which we will use to sponsor community projects.

Unique Designs, Quality Apparel

Designs by ROL and Zin (click photo to check out our Instagram)
Designs by ROL and Zin (click photo to check out our Instagram)

 

We want to work alongside charitable organisations to offer disadvantaged people the opportunity to create their own collections of clothing. We are hoping to raise £10,000 to pay for design workshops, production and a pop up shop at which to sell the new collection.

We only use manufacturers who responsibly create our clothing. Our garments are made from organic cotton, and by Fairwear Foundation certified manufacturers. Our printing and customisation is done right here in London by our partners, 3rd Rail Clothing.

The Funding

We have worked with four artists who have all experienced homelessness on a collection available as rewards on this Kickstarter. These artists want to support other people who are going through homelessness and hope their designs will raise the money required to expand on our work with disadvantaged people.


Once the Kickstarter is over (and hopefully funded) we will set about producing the collections that are available as rewards. We will also start hosting workshops with people affected by homelessness and mental illness to work on new designs for collections to be released in the lead up to Christmas.

The Artists

David Tovey

On October 21st 2013, in a London park, David Tovey decided to take his own life. Cancer, HIV, cardiac arrests and a stroke were just some of the extreme difficulties that David had recently faced. Having successfully run the kitchen of his own central London gastropub, David now found himself homeless and seemingly with no hope.

Founder Charlie Wright working on designs with David Tovey (Photo by Rosie Matheson)
Founder Charlie Wright working on designs with David Tovey (Photo by Rosie Matheson)

After a park attendant stopped David, he started on his road to recovery. In the years since, David has used his art to campaign for the homeless. Most notably with a fashion show and installation being featured at the world famous Tate Modern in London.

Ray Of Light

ROL, or Ray of Light, has been homeless for over five years. Having spent some time working in Hong Kong, Ray found that when he returned to London, no matter how hard he worked, he could not afford the rent for even the shabbiest accommodation.

Artist ROL (Ray of Light)
Artist ROL (Ray of Light)

Although still homeless Ray, is an active member of the arts community. His work on gentrification has been published by the Serpentine Gallery backed, Edgware Road project. He is a three time winner of the Café Art MyLondon photography competition and continues to volunteer for the Café Art community.

Zin Vaitekunas

Artist Zin Vaitiekunas is a London-based artist from Lithuania. After school he decided to gain some life experiences travelling in Europe.

Artist Zin Vaitekunas
Artist Zin Vaitekunas

Zin found himself living on the streets in the South of France. He found that people were really interested in his handmade postcards. This triggered his passion for something bigger and not long after that he got accepted to exhibit in one of the annual shows called "Modern Panic" in London Hackney together with Marlin Manson.

Now Zin is exhibiting his art in different countries around the world. His influences arise not only from artists such as Picasso, Dali, and Basquiat but also from the people around him wild life and his own life experiences.

James Lewis

James is a typographer and painter with a genuine passion for the art of letterforms. While still in his teenage years he became inspired by masters of calligraphy and traditional sign painting and decided to improve his own skills in these arts.

Artist James Lewis (Photo courtesy of jameslewis.com)
Artist James Lewis (Photo courtesy of jameslewis.com)

When James heard about Hopeful Traders work and mission, he jumped at the chance to be involved. Having lost his parents at a young age, James found himself living off sofas and broken camp beds wherever anyone would have him. He credits his success to the work of homeless charities like Llamau, who supported him in difficult times. Ever grateful for the opportunities afforded to him, James is now keen to help offer opportunities to people who have found themselves in difficult situations.

The Rewards

We have designed a special collection of clothing with three artists who have all experienced homelessness in their lives. Each of them is passionate about helping others who have been affected by homelessness. We also have some limited edition artworks available from the artists mentioned above.

T Shirts and Sweatshirts

Zin and his friend out skating in Zin's designs
Zin and his friend out skating in Zin's designs

 All our T shirts and sweatshirts are made from organic cotton and ethically produced. The garments come from a Fairwear Foundation certified supplier. They are then finished with screen printing or embroidery here in London by 3rd Rail Clothing.

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Signed Photo Prints by David Tovey (Limited run of 20)

Signed Giclee print by David Tovey
Signed Giclee print by David Tovey

Keen photographer, David Tovey has produced a limited run of photographic art prints of a picture he took of the bike that inspired his print designs. The photo was taken on film by an Olympus OM-1. The photographs are Giclee printed onto Hahnemühle Photo Rag (308gsm). Available framed or unframed. Prints are 14 x 11 inches.

Imprisoned Soldier - Original Painting by Zin Vaitekunas

Acrylic on canvas by Zin Vaitekunas
Acrylic on canvas by Zin Vaitekunas

The message behind this painting by Zin is that we cannot be free until we let go of our possessions. The painting is acrylic, household and paper on canvas and size is 39.4 H x 19.7 W x 0.8 inches.

We Are Hopeful Original Sign Painting by James Lewis

James specially hand painted this piece in the hope that the money it raised would benefit people experiencing homelessness. The piece is A3 and framed.

We Are Hopeful Screen Prints by James Lewis and 3rd Rail (Limited run of 50)

Screen printed in London by 3rd Rail Clothing
Screen printed in London by 3rd Rail Clothing

 These limited edition screen prints of James's artwork were produced by our partners 3rd Rail. 3rd Rail is a collection of illustrators, designers, printmakers and seamsters who care deeply about their work, especially screen printing. These prints are 4 colour screen prints on Paperback Cairn Board Saffron (350gsm). 700x1150mm. Signed by the artist.

Risks and challenges

Working with the people from this background has the same risks and challenges as any creative project, although the difficulties are far outweighed by the rewarding nature of the work. The design and workshops phase can be quick and easy or it can be an arduous time consuming part of the production schedule.

No matter what we always want to ensure that there is no compromise in the quality of what we produce. Just as important is that there is no compromise in terms of the artist's vision for their work.

We would never represent an artist's work in a way that they were not 100% happy with. This can sometimes mean that working out the best way to use their designs can take some time and many conversations.

That is the cost of caring about what we produce and the people we work with and we would never change it.

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    David Tovey Signed Photograph

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    'We Are Hopeful' Screen Print FRAMED

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    We Are Hopeful Painting By James Lewis

    James specially hand painted this piece in the hope that the money it raised would benefit people experiencing homelessness. The piece is A3 and framed.

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    Imprisoned Soldier by Zin Vaitekunas

    The painting that inspired on of Zin's designs. Painted and signed by artist Zin Vaitekunas.

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Funding period

- (30 days)