Let's fund the collection "From Bullets to Beauty" recycled ammunition accessories!
Why I recycle ammunition...
As a fashion designer I have always been keen to use fashion to make the world a better place.
Recycling ammunition not only brings a positive message to the world by creating something beautiful from something destructive, it brings people together and reminds us that there is always hope.
I am a Central St Martin's School of Art graduate and New Generation award winner at London Fashion Week with over 10 years of experience as a fashion and print designer in London and Hong Kong. Most recently I have 7 years of experience in working with disadvantaged artisans.
On a trip to Cambodia last summer I met the artisans I work with now. Eight months later I launched my first collection.
On my third trip last month I made the above video. While interviewing Keang and Chantha I realised that they are some the most hard working people that I know. They are an inspiration to me by overcoming adversity with determination and creativity. This is what we are about at Emi &Eve. And this is what emerges from the fire at the foundry.
The story so far...
The video above tells my story and that of the people I work with. I have found that economic empowerment is the most efficient way to help others. We are not fundraising for freebies. As an artist myself, who has been broke various times in my life, I know that it's much more preferable to be able to afford what I need, rather than being given them.
I have used my savings to make the first collection and launched it at a boutique. The reaction of everyone who saw the clutches there was fantastic and we sold out pretty fast. As Christmas approaches I need to be ready with new stock and approach more stores, but no longer have capital to invest in the production, and some necessary operational costs. I also have not yet been able to create the packaging and info tags that I have in mind and that the products deserve. The stories of all the people involved and my background are on www.emiandeve.com
How you can join!
Our needs are:
- Your pledge, which will enable us to go into production
- Website development $300
- Packaging for our products.$500
- Overheads for 3 months $1200
Your support to this campaign will make a big difference to all of us involved as we roll out our business plans with very limited resources. You will have a beautiful accessory to show for it!
Become an ambassador for the #bullets4beauty movement!
How can you contribute?
Watch the making of the Peace bracelet......
The more rewards are pledged, the more orders we can place, its as simple as that! If you can not contribute, share this campaign with your friends and become an ambassador of the Bullets for Beauty movement! Who else do you know who would like to hear our story of recycling for peace and economic empowerment? Tell them about us using the share buttons below!
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What if you have loads more orders than you can manage?
There are other artisans that are ready to take on orders. Our plan is that upon sufficient growth of the business, we will start to work with another artisan in the area who is in need of the work as well. Then from there spread out our network throughout Cambodia. The more production we can do, the more artisans we can work with, the more ammunition gets recycled, the more we can inspire the world with our message of positive transformation! Are you with me? Become an ambassador today!
What if you do not reach your target?
Then we will use the funding we do get to produce the pledges only and seek funding for our operational and packaging needs elsewhere. Every single pledge can be produced no matter what the quantity is.
Will the ammunition not run out?
Unfortunately not. I spent time at the Cambodian Mine Action Centre and they told me it will take another ten years to clear the country. With your pledges, we can perhaps make the time shorter!
Where exactly..... has the ammunition come from?
Ninety pecent of Cambodians are farmers and many find bullet and bomb casings on their land. The ammunition found does not technically belong to anyone. They will pass it to one of the organisations that work to remove the mines or to artists that they know. If you would like to know more about demining, have a look at the work of www.halotrust.org or www.CMAC.gov.kh on Youtube.
How long will it take to make my order?
Delivery of jewellery rewards will be mid october and clutches early to mid November, in time for Christmas, so think about gifts! During and after the campaign we will provide you with updates on the making of your pledge reward and delivery targets. We want you to feel involved!
Please help us get the word out by sharing this campaign with your friends using the share tools below! Become an ambassador for the #bullets4beauty movement!
This will mean so much to me and to the people I work with!
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