Why do we do this? Cause I got tired of feeling alone. Of working alone. It never worked when I would go along with something already established that asked me to be a certain way and yet doing it alone sucks and is also unnecessary.
I did not build this alone, nor do i have interest or ability to continue alone. WILBy community. Here is the story thus far.
Benji White and Jocko Wayland were early supporters of the Pop Up idea. The entire installation would not exist without the countless conversations and back and forth. find them. honor them. hooray people of the true true.
Kobie Proctor of the Proctor Group and I sat next to each other at the Housing Works cafe on Crosby street and he, for no real clear reason, began supporting my project, encouraging me to go for it, and invested in branding efforts. It was his faith in me and my unique way that helped me invest in myself. Thank you Kobie. I wouldn't be here without your faith.
Melissa Patenaude of Studio 7 who was contracted by Kobie at the time of the first [Ethical] Sweatshop helped design the logo, menu, and overall look. They also run A7 camera straps. Super dedicated woman and team that deserves to find their success in the world.
Janusz from Chashama grants me some space in midtown and i do the first pop-up show. I totally forgot that I had submitted a proposal and when I found out I had the space in 5 weeks time it took a minute to remember what the pop up sweatshop was really about. Thanks Chashama for giving art a chance to exist in this increasingly overpriced town.
Runcie from SFA in East Texas meets me at the MOMA restaurant and invites me to do the second pop-up in Texas.
(at the same time) The brilliant and talented Julie Puttgen and I reacquainted after 20 years to collaborate over the inner beauty bar treatment, products and non-products. www.108namesofnow.com
Maxime Giordani a talented photographer and musician has spent countless hours taking pictures that brought a couple of ideas to life. The different selves. The rape is so not cool project. The Namaste, Bitches stockings. check out max's talent. www.facebook.com/maxime.giordani
David Selig a visionary and existential artist who has listening to me develop this idea over years introduces me to Lili Chopra, Audrey, a world of pragmatic chang and his chickens.
Lili Chopra invites me to do an installation at FIAF
Lili introduces me to Claudine at the Wythe. She and Peter invite me for a month long installation.
David also introduces me to Audrey who is encouraging and involved in connecting me to her network. Thanks for the encouragement! Check out www.alrdyeing.com for healing natural dyes and good social practices.
Isabella Scott aka babyaliez aka serpent lion aka Maggie agrees to be the resident Designer. score.
Paolo Stagnaro takes some pics get in touch to get some paolo pics too.
House band and community assembles.
Nicholas Chatfield-Taylor agrees to be our videographer. Heavy. www.nicholaschatfield-taylor.com
Cecilia Dean introduces me to Eva Kruse who invites WILBy to Denmark to participate in the Cophenhagen Fashion Summit.
Eva also invites me to do the installation at the Fashion Exchange. Thanks to Maya Bruun Ndiaye for helping me organize it and for doing such a kick ass job with the whole event.
Without the encouragement and attention of all those in my life that listen to me, help me get up when I collapse, share ideas and remind me that the real richness is in my expression of being which this website and project honor but hardly encompass. I am. We are.