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THE BEGINNING or History:

Starting in 2008, an unsuspecting artist by the name of Angela Du was working part time on various creative fashion editorial photo shoots as a hair and makeup artist. She ran into one photographer in particular who asked Ms. Du to create an eco friendly themed photoshoot including hair, makeup and some kind of recyclable wardrobe. Within 4 months of being approached with this project, she created what is now known as the [BETA COLLECTION] which is a line of five outfits made of recyclable material such as soda cans, water bottles, brown paper bags, and plastic trash bags. The photos of these outfits spread quickly in the environmental awareness community. The [BETA COLLECTION] designs inspired the Earth Week planning committee of the University of San Diego to put on a show called the GREEN SCENE : Project Trashin. This is where Ms. Angela Du made her first appearance on the runway as an eco-friendly fashion designer. This was the beginning of her journey to spread conscious living awareness through the art of fashion.

In May of 2011, without warning, Angela got laid off a management position job which was providing her with a steady income and a vehicle. She found herself as a new home owner with no way to support her lifestyle and no direction to move in. Times were quickly getting tough and in order to stay afloat and keep sane, she created INKDthread as a platform for her to showcase her artwork to the world. Through networking in the artist community, she decided to make INKDthread a network and open opportunity for other artist to brand themselves through
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Since the creation of the INKDthread brand, we have appeared in over 8 Runway Fashion shows in cities including Hollywood, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Santa Ana, and San Diego. Angela Du has been recognized by RAW Indie Artists as the 2011 Designer of the year of Orange county. The organization has grown from a one woman project to a crew of 8 plus affiliations with local businesses and non-profit organizations. To commemorate the humble beginnings of her art, Angela has started the INKDthread annual Earth Show held every April. With the expansion of the INKDthread brand, Angela hopes to continue elevating the artist experience.

THE MISSION STATEMENT :

“INKDthread pledges to be a progressive art entertainment company that networks, gathers resources, and produces fine quality artwork, collaborative projects, and entertainment events while utilizing undervalued resources.”

INKDthread Art is style that’s organically grown. You can expect all of the designs to be made from or inspired by the Eco-Green movement. All INKDthread products are hand-made and are unique in style, design, and fashion. We pride ourselves on using re-purposed and up-cycled materials in making our products. All our designs are made in small batches, making all our products limited and rare with high quality. Keep posted for all our new products on www.etsy.com/shop/inkdthread

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INKDthread Entertainment is real life enjoyment. We believe that a busy work life should be off set with soulful entertainment where laughs and joy can be shared among friends. You can expect an INKDthread event to bring you a new perspective on art, music and what it means to have a casual conversation. Come join us for our next art show case or fashion show. Stay updated by following our Facebook page.

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INKDthread encourages people to find their own cup of tea. Art, music, and fashion should be incorporated into ones lifestyle and in order to enjoy these things you must first be happy and healthy. INKDthread makes it a priority to ensure that people are staying FIT mentally, physically, and financially by creating programs for community involvement. Weather you’re a doctor, lawyer, or artist there’s something that you can benefit from by being involved with INKDthread. Join our network by submitting your project idea and sharing your skill, trade or talent.summerbods

OPEN Casting Call : Dancers for Kira Hook’s Music Video

Here at INKDthread, we are dedicated to connecting all creative types, no matter what your choice of outlet is. Together we are committed to building a community of those who believe in the power of artistic statements. One of our long-time members of the INKDThread community, singer/songwriter Kira Hooks has been involved with many of Angela Du’s creative projects including providing musical inspiration to some of Du’s collections as well as providing music for the runway. In light of Hook’s success, we are happy to announce that her debut full-length album is now out and available for purchase. Featuring her single “Elephant Heart,” her sound resonates elements of jazz, a latin influence, as well as a tribal vibe. The Los Angeles-based artist brings forth an eclectic rendition of R&B and jazz with a modern twist.

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In collaboration with Angela Du and Kira Hooks, INKDthread is having an open cast call seeking a group to choreograph and perform in the music video for “Elephant Heart.” You can sample the music at http://kirahooks.bandcamp.com/. We are excited to invite new members to join our community and contribute to this new and exciting project! Those who are chosen to be in the music video will be receiving custom designed eco-friendly clothing provided by our very own Angela Du for the video.

In order to be considered please take the following into account:

 

  • We are seeking a dance group preferably with 3-5 dancers.
  • The group chosen will be choreographing and starring in the music video for “Elephant Heart.”
  • Must have a good understanding of the tone of the song. The conceptual design of the video will be discussed with you however having experience within a more abstract form of dance would be helpful as the song provides vulnerable and yet playful lyrics.
  • We are seeking choreography along the lines of contemporary lyrical dance with a latin edge. The dance interpretation of the song will be your responsibility for the production.
  • To be considered, please provide videos or photos that represent you and your group’s personal dance style.
  • All submissions are due September 1, 2014 (Labor Day).

Anything that provides INKDthread a peek into what you are able to bring to the table creatively is highly recommended to be submitted to inkdthread@gmail.com.  We are seeking a group that is able to embrace the lyrics as well as the feeling of the song. Once chosen, the group will be working with our cinematography group to achieve the right vision and style for the video.

Please help spread the word! We are open and flexible to however you choose to interpret the song as long as the idea is original and inventive. For this collaboration, threading together the perfect production group for the video is our highest priority!

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Youtube: www.youtube.com/kiracatherinehooks
Instagram: @kirahooks @souloncanvas @kirahooksandthelaundromatics

Trouble in Paradise II: A Collection of World Travel Photos By Jonathan Lee

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For most of us the tiny corners of the world that are untouched by tourism aren’t too much to think about. Maybe a tropical paradise here and there might pass through your fantasies but as memory serves, they are all typically beautifully untainted by man and absolutely pure. As for people like Jonathan Lee, these untouched paradises are incredibly important to keep in mind due to the fact that the characteristic of “pure” is slowly disappearing from sight.

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Photographer and environmental health advocate Jonathan Lee has traveled around the world and back, coming home to California to find that our recycling troubles are far from over. Here in Los Angeles, we have made big initiatives to encourage the public to jump onto the recycling bandwagon motto “reduce, reuse, recycle!” However from a different perspective, I found myself wondering if recycling is enough. Lee offered me a view into what his travels were like a while back when he was backpacking through Malaysia. This gave  me an idea of how recycling is going for other parts of the world.

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Borneo, an island in east Malaysia, brings in tourists to the region year after year. The main attraction is its promise of a tropical paradise underwater as well as rainforest adventures and a diverse culture to experience. Filled with opportunities to dive and snorkel along its shorelines tourism is a big factor for small towns like this, especially for a coastal city like Semporna where the population is barely beyond six digits. As Lee recalled, Semporna is a “water city” where its community thrives off of the water; boats are the main sources of transportation and houses built on stilts over the water are common. As small as Semporna may be, its attractions are rather unique making it a hot spot for foreigners to travel through.

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For someone who has never traveled to an eastern seaport off of a small island for snorkeling, the narrative of Lee’s trip was enticing. To my dismay, what came next were his photographs of what he had experienced at the seaports just moments before traveling out into the water for diving. In a few photographs that Lee had taken, the seaports were far from paradise. The water by the docks of the seaport were beyond polluted; wrappers and bottles of all sorts float along the shoreline bobbing up and down around the boats gathered to take tourists out into open water. The sight was disheartening. I asked Lee, how could such a small island far from mass consumerism like America still be so heavily affected by pollution? But clearly how could a city whose attraction is the water allow its actual water to be so contaminated?

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Semporna and its blemished paradise is “not a unique story” Lee informs me. In fact, as he spoke with the native islanders whose livelihood depended on the water, many are aware of the uprising of pollution in the seaports but so many are unsure as to how to go about the obstacle of cleaning up. In a place like Semporna, the water provided transportation, food, capital through tourism and also a means of cleaning but like many other coastal city dwellers, few who live there consider their personal impact on the water. Digging deeper beyond trash at shorelines, Lee found that Semporna’s issue wasn’t only along the coast but that the entire city’s waste management was the main source of misguided information about proper trash disposal and recycling.

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Considering that America is one of the leading countries in education and technology, it’s hard to understand that even with such a reputation as a “progressive” country, America is still very low on the list of environmentally friendly countries in the world. In this context, taking us from America all the way to the shores of Malaysia, Lee points out that the solution now isn’t so much about cleaning up but about preserving the beauty that we still have in nature. For instance in the commonly used mantra “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle,” Lee states that the order of reusing, reducing and then recycling was created purposely because one of our first moves as an environmentally conscious community should be about purposefully reusing what we can to save production efforts of creating new products. In that sense, Lee provides an example of reusing plastic bags for more than just the walk from the grocery store to your pantry. Those plastic bags used by virtually everyone who shops at grocery stores are used for not more than 15 minutes (+/- an hr depending on how far your pantry is from where you grocery shop). By cutting down the production of plastic bags like they do in major cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Hong Kong, energy is saved from recycling efforts, less landfill space is used, and there is potentially roughly $3 million dollars to be saved.

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Step 2 includes reducing the prevalence the of single-use package. Yes single-use packaging has been created for convenience but in the long run, those itty-bitty bags of chips potentially end up taking up more space in landfills than if more people utilized reusable bags and purchased large Costco-like sized packaging. Every little effort counts especially if the education of how to incorporate these recycling tips into your everyday life became more accessible.

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As a Los Angeles native myself, I have always been aware of the pollution that overshadows the beauty in Los Angeles. However as many people would agree, the little attempts at being environmentally conscious feel almost like they go unnoticed. Often the massive presence of trash and pollution discourages people to a point of hopelessness. In my conversation with Lee, it is clear that these feelings of unhelpfulness to our environment are absolutely unwarranted.

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Lee encourages all to not only make whatever effort they can but to also consider new alternatives to recycling. Hand in hand with Angela Du’s ECOStitch line, upcycling is now front and center of the worldwide advocacy of environmental health. For those who have never heard of upcycling, it is the movement in which we can take whatever we consider trash and turn it into what others may consider “treasures.” Utilizing a creative spin to recycling has not only provided efficient use of waste but also allows for the education of recycling to be a bit more recreational. For instance during Lee’s travels in Malaysia, he has encountered international people who have taken waste and brought them to classrooms for craft projects to promote upcycling to the younger generations. These small but impact-filled projects are a mark of true human ingenuity in environmental advocacy.

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Du’s ECOStitch line takes recycling to the runway this Saturday the 19th at the 626 Night Market where upcycling is presented to the public as an upfront fashion statement. If you are having trouble thinking of inventive ways to upcycle, Angela Du for INKDThread is who you’ll want to stop by and talk to about her personal journey in the forefront of upcycling fashion. The efforts to educate and promote recycling benefits not only the community we live in but sends a message to the rest of the world as a call to action. Du and Lee may only be two voices in the crowd but their undertaking of the responsibility to reduce our environmental footprint is a message far from small and definitely hard to ignore.

>>> Photo credits to Jonathan Lee.  Find more of his photos and stories of his world travels  at http://www.subtledream.com/ <<<

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