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
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.”