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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

Mary Jane SkirtHooded TankMary Jane JacketLeotardReversable Hoodie VestToxic Bunny Sweater

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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

ECOstitch has been POSTPONED!!

PicsArt_1398106825898ATTENTION ALL / CREW MEMBERs / GUESTs / SPONSORs / SUPORTERs

It pains me to say that ECOstitch has hit a speed bump. TORO Sushi Bar and Lounge, the venue in which ECOstitch was going to call home has suddenly closed their doors for business.  In order to keep the integrity of the event and to ensure the success in fundraising for our affiliate charities, INKDthread has decided to postpone the Fashion & Art Show to a later date in the SUMMER.

Thank you all who have put in hard work and dedication to the event thus far and we will make sure to keep everyone posted on further progressions.

With much love and appreciation,

Angela Du (INKDthread Creative Director)

My Dog and Me [Doggy Hour at Toro Sushi Pasadena]

INKDthread lifestyle is all about finding your cup of tea and mine is sometimes shared with my four legged friends. As a dog owner, I’ve encountered difficulty finding dog-friendly spots for me to hang out with my pooch. I distinctly remember being kicked out of a Starbucks for having my 5 pound puppy in my purse. Fortunately, my luck has changed. Over this past weekend, on Saturday, March 15th to be exact, Toro Sushi in Pasadena hosted a RED carpet Doggy Hour event in which I attended with not one but both my yorkie-poos (Jynger and Ewok . . . you can find super awesome photos of them on my instagram : mamasan_du if you’re into the soft, cuddly, so cute that it’s disgusting sort of thing). As I entered a private patio entrance I was greeted by event host Nitar Lohaphaisan [who's also the Marketing Assistant for YELP so you know she throws nothing but awesome events]. I stuck a name tag on my shirt over my left boob and continued down the RED carpet. The first thing that caught my attention was the FREE gift bags filled with treats and a one pound bag of Canine Caviar’s Holistic Wilderness Grain Free All Life Stages Dog Food (find out more at www.caninecaviar.com). Although the free samples of the dog food was great for my girls I was more interested in the lunch combo that Toro Sushi offered me. I ordered the sashimi combo which came with a side of edamame and the best house salad I’ve had in a long time. The weather was a bit hot for what was still considered winter time but the big patio umbrellas made it comfortable for me and my dogs to socialize. I met Brenda Roche, mother of Gracie the star of Wiener Dog Nationals. Who would of thought that my dogs would be sniffing around with bigger celebrities than me. I definitely enjoyed my time at Doggy Hour. Special thanks to Nitar (event host), Doreen (Canine Caviar), Alan (Toro Sushi Owner) and all the awesome four legged friends I’ve made . . . . and their owners of course.

Photography by : Tim Liu

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