At Katara Cultural Village; the Art Center(re) specifically; tonight you will find the launch of the ‘Common Thread’ pop up shops; an exclusive trunk show featuring 16 local artists and designers, each of whom designs or makes their own products.
According to the Gulf Times; designers participating in this month’s trunk show include Cala Mari, Fufi Design, Dana Jewelry, two4joy, Common Thread, Moda Key, Twenty30Forty, Nikki Newman, Roqaya al-Thani, Selina Farooqi, Ardoin Collection, Michella, Gabi, White Stain, Giovanile, Veil Art and Dana Riad.
I aim to get my own Boutique: ‘Tribe of Mannequins’ up and running by the next trunk show, where I shall be showcasing my jewelry collection and wares.
I am currently working on the branding and website; I already have stock ready to go!
This blog, of the same title will then be the sister blog to the products website.
Here is a top secret, sneak peek of some of my collection/s for my boutique’ Tribe of Mannequins. I also am working on my cute pieces with themes; such as ‘Fairytale’, which, for example – are chunky necklaces featuring castles, carriages and princesses on them.
And of course a range of cupcake related pieces.
There are also larger pieces such as clutch bags and some other surprises, yet to come – so stay tuned!
Some special beads I sourced personally in Thailand ready to custom create pieces with, some rings and knuckle-duster rings:
Some more beads:
Some stock and pieces already created!:
Katara Art Centre launched in 2011, it’s aim being to foster and and encourage creativity. The Art Centre has provided gallery spaces for several successful exhibitions including Desine Espoir, which brought together the biggest names in fashion for a humanitarian project.
Designers included Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Lanvin, Viktor & Rolf, Yves Saint Laurent and Emmanuel Ungaro *drooool!* – two of my favourites there!
I am very much looking forward to heading on down there and meeting local creatives, networking and eyeballin’ all the eye candy on offer – clothes, bags, custom, one of a kinds, wheee! :)
A blog-spot post I came across earlier led me to Les Cherubins; who showcased some handmade crafts in May 2012. Check these cuties out!: http://les-cherubins.blogspot.com/2012/05/common-thread-pop-up-boutique.html
The pop up in May 2012:
Another one of the showcasers, is also the creator of the infamous NOMAD* Blog, Carla Mallari.
I contacted her yesterday, to branch out network and she let me know she’s also showcasing her clothing collection: Cala Mari.
This is one of her bold pieces:
I LOVE her tornado skirt designs. Gorgeous. Maybe I can bag me oneuv’ ‘em!
Here is one of them featured bottom left:
I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to wear down to the trunk show all day! I wish I had my branding for the boutique up and running as I’d love to bring some business cards with me; but hey-ho. I’m donning some of my own designs and usually when people ask me where I got something from, I can tell them! It’s wearing your own billboard, in the form of a jacket/ring/bag – perfect!
This is what I’ve decided on wearing:
- - Yellow peplum half sleeve top
- - Orange ‘Hand of Hamsa/Fatima’ rosary bead style necklace; from my collection ‘Tribe of Mannequins’,
- - All rings from my boutique: ‘Tribe of Mannequins’.
- - All bracelets from my collection: ‘Tribe of Mannequins’.
- - Black standard leggings
- - Black boots
- - Black studded shoulder ‘Kayley’ jacket from Celeb Boutique, USA. (I have purchased many studs like this now so shall be custom-making pieces featuring them).
- Pink large Chanel quilted bag, with added ‘Paul’s Boutique’ keychain.
- My Canon EOS 60D!