If you missed out on my kickstarter campaign, you may visit me at: www.inikoa.com or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those of you who are interested here is my Radio Interview with Travis Coffman in Guam:
Aloha Kickstarter Community! Thanks for checking out my project.
(Aloha, whether I reach my goal or not I have to give a shout out to my videographer, Daniel Morii who can be reached via email at: email@example.com, and to Dewi Maile Lim for starring in my video along side me, you can find out more about her here: http://about.me/dewimailelim)
(and another shout out to Honolulu Fashion Journalist Paula Rath, she featured me on her blog at: http://paularath.com/)
I am an artist, photographer and textile designer. I am a maker!
I am also a Shibori artisan. Shibori is a fabric dyers art form. The
word shibori comes from the Japanese root word ‘shiboru’ that means,
“to wring, squeeze, press”. Cloth is prepared for the dye bath by
binding and knotting, tying, stitching and stringing.
I have been studying and practicing Shibori for over 10 years.
I dye white denim in natural indigo that incorporates Hawaiian grown
Indigo, then I use traditional and non traditional Shibori techniques, to achieve my designs.
I pair them with leather and/or canvas, creating beautiful and functional bags that are so pretty you can't wait to use them everyday for everything and strong enough so you can.
My company name is INIKOA (a Hawaiian word for Indigo) and this line
of bags is called "CHOTTO FUNKY"
Chotto Funky is a mix of Japanese and English that translates to mean "A little bit Funky"
Chotto (Japanese) = a little, just,
Funky (English) = authentic; earthy, exciting, stylish and modern in an unconventional way
WHY I NEED YOUR HELP
I want to source as much of my materials from the US as possible. And I'd like to buy materials in bulk and at wholesale rates.
I want to use Horween leather from Chicago, so I'll need some money
to buy some hides up front. And I'll be buying my canvas from
Fairfield Textiles, out of New Jersey.
I need to buy some equipment and tools to finish the bags with leather the way I want to. Your funds will help me buy:
a rivet press
an industrial walking foot sewing machine
a leather skiver
a leather branding iron to create my labels
a used washing machine for the dyed fabric
materials (leather, canvas, rivets and zippers)
I have some great rewards that you'll love.
For the bags You will be able to choose the style of shibori you want from these 5 samples. But remember you are only choosing a style as no two bags will look alike. (Furoshiki reward has only 3 choices)
REWARDS: These are ONE OF A KIND, Handcrafted bags dyed in Natural Indigo.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge I have is that I have to ship all of my supplies to Hawaii. I can't just go down to the local store and get the supplies I need.
So getting the materials in time to meet the delivery dates is where I feel I will have the hardest time planning.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (35 days)