Keona Fazoo is a sustainable stationery brand, intentionally imaging women of color.
It's extremely rare to find women of color represented in stationery, and representation matters! It's 2018, which is kind of late in the history of the world to still need to do things like this:
So, Keona Fazoo is here to change that.
This Kickstarter campaign is raising funds to print our first collection, Little Kiki and Friends, featuring the retro cartoon character Little Kiki... and her friends. The collection is primarily for girls ages 3-13.
After Kiki, we'll launch some of the adult collections, which you'll be able to preview and vote on in the poll reward! But first, Kiki.
Your $$$ will go towards:
- getting those backer rewards to you (Huzzah!)
- purchasing 100% post-consumer waste shipping materials (Mother Earth rejoices!)
- printing the Kiki cards with our sustainable printer (100% PCW paper, yea! The printer has sent some proofs...)
About: Kiki is really into astronomy. It all started after her mom took her and her little brother (Keegan) to see “Hidden Figures.” She’s pretty sure she’ll be an astronaut one day, that or an engineer.
Favorite Book: What We See in the Stars
About: Roan loves to learn and teach others. At school, she helps friends sound out tricky new words, and after school, she goes with her dad to the library to help grown ups learn about computers. She’s thinking about starting her own computer class for kids... or maybe a tie-dye club. TBD.
Favorite Place in the City: NYPL, 5th Avenue Branch
About: Luna is an expert storyteller. Everyday she uses her imagination to write stories about her adventures to other boroughs, or countries, or wherever her imagination takes her. She can also sing very loudly.
Favorite Book: A Wrinkle in Time. Or the The Phantom Tollbooth. Hard to choose.
About: Jamilah can throw down. It’s best not to challenge her. She’s watched every episode of Top Chef in syndication while her grandmother put the beads on the ends of her braids, which takes a minute... Now she’s pretty confident cooking almost anything, though she’s still waiting on her mom to teach her to make jollof rice. (She’s never seen that made on the show.)
Favorite Book: The Seasoned Life
About: Stella can stand on her tiptoes (relevé) for a long time. She couldn’t always, but with each ballet class, she focused and got a little stronger. She’s going to audition for The Nutcracker this year and hopefully La Bohème the year after that. She keeps the Playbill next to her bed so she won’t forget.
Favorite Place in the City: The Metropolitan Opera
Sienna is on the swim team, which means at meets she can’t just jump into the pool; she has to dive in off the blocks. It was scary at first, but she was brave and did it anyway, and now it’s not so bad. Sometimes she wins her races, and other times she cheers on her friends when they win. That’s also exciting.
Favorite Book: The Rainbow Fish
About: Austyn is on the travel team for soccer. She didn’t make it the first time she tried out, even though she was sure she would. That made her sad at first, but she practiced all year and got better and better, and now she’s on the team! Once, she caught a frog on the field while waiting for her game to start, but her coach made her put it down. Also, she’s left handed.
Favorite Place in the City: Chelsea Piers
About: Yeawon loves to draw and paint. Her auntie said it’s ok to feel feelings, so Yeawon paints to help say that she’s happy or mad or angry or sad or whatever she’s feeling. She also likes to make playdough and slime just because.
Favorite Book: The Keeping Quilt
About: Rio doesn’t really like to practice her violin. Her dad makes her practice for 30 minutes every day because she begged him to buy the instrument; they made a deal. Thirty minutes just feels like FOR-E-VER... Rio does however like the idea of being good at the violin one day, so she sucks it up. She’s hoping to be able to play “Jingle Bells” well by Christmas. She’s already pretty masterful at Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. She prefers to call her violin a fiddle.
Favorite Place in the City: Bowery Ballroom (Her brother works there. She’s never actually been, but it sounds cool. One day...)
About: Ariel is super. A super daughter, a super friend, a super sister. She can jump very high, can [pretend to] fly, and is quite strong. In fact, she can carry four grocery bags at a time from the car to the house. She is great at keeping her baby sister and pet bunny safe from danger, and she can ride a bike AND skateboard. Even though she can do these things by herself, she still likes riding on the back of her mother’s bike. That’s where she feels safest.
Favorite Book: Bunny Cakes
New friends are introduced everyday, so be sure to check back or follow on Instagram!
For backing Keona Fazoo, you can get some pretty rad rewards...
Be the first to know about the progress of Little Kiki and new collections when they debut!
Your name will be added to the “shoutouts” list on our website for being one of Little Kiki’s day ones, and you'll receive a printed Little Kiki and Friends card of your choice! (+ email updates)
Receive an invitation to an exclusive poll where you can vote on which designs will make it to print for the first run of Little Kiki and Friends cards and which Keona Fazoo collection will hit the press after Kiki. (+ email updates + web shoutout + card)
You’ll be sent a unique, hand-drawn card in the style of Kiki. (+ email updates + web shoutout + card + poll access)
Get the full original Little Kiki and Friends collection -- the cards and maybe even a little surprise... (+ email updates + a web shoutout + poll access+ hand-drawn card)
Have a custom set of cards in the style of Little Kiki and Friends created just for you! (+ email updates + a web shoutout + poll access + full set of Kiki cards)
Bruh, you the real MVP. Be featured on a future Kiki card that will become a part of the official Little Kiki and Friends collection! (+ email updates + a web shoutout + poll access + full set of Kiki cards+ custom cards)
Follow Keona Fazoo on the web for additional updates:
Video Creds: Katie Mack (camera), Averi (editing and pics)
Special Thanks: Diane Jean-Mary and Melanie Oram
Risks and challenges
Not much risky business here. I have hard proofs from the printer and they're looking pretty good, so that's a go!
The only thing I can imagine being a potential speed bump are the rewards that are hand-drawn. If there are a lot of them, it may take a minute...Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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