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How TO Waterproof Fabric and canvass

The fall is here and here is a great  DIY recipe for creating water repellant  Cotton, Leather, Wood, Metal, etc #Surfacedesign #waterproffing 16oz (1LB) of Beeswax, 8oz Turpentine, And 8oz boiled Linseed oil or (neatsoil (cattle oil)) Mason jars or metal  container.. muffin tin (for bars) www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BAHx0KBpT4 First melt the Beeswax first completely, (stirring all the time, … Continue reading

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Great Fit Start with Correct Measurements!

Most consumers do not know their correct body measurement. Fewer know how to use these in selecting clothing! Ladies what’s your full chest and under chest, what’s your waist, chest hip, your inseam! Measurement , one of the most  important bits of information in selecting  correct  sized clothing, is the bane of the fashion and apparel e-commerce … Continue reading

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Reality Check – on Price Setting in The Local Custom Cottage Sector

There is no one answer as to how to set a price. like any other brand/business model it is intricately tied to how one execute and deliver and what the market can sustain.  The pricing structure for artisan, custom or commissioned products differ from those that are mass-produced. Both have development cost – it takes … Continue reading

50Gifts

Today I  celebrate to morrow I kick off  Exponent 50!  What if we can harness tthe power of FB or social media  Birthday  stream! There are very  few times people are all but guranteed to pay attention,  one is birthdays and with my  5oth,  I decided to find a way to make that  attention collateral COUNT … Continue reading

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Angelina is not the Dashiki nor is it an African Print

DUTCH  Wax Print is Authentic  African? Really? What part of that oxymoron makes one want to fight for this fabric. a colleague, Monique Nubia Sunshine Siders of Kush Designs commented on a FB post from which the image was screenshot. ” If you really do your research you will realize this is not true traditional African … Continue reading

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50 To The 50th Power Birthday Fundraiser

I’m celebrating  my  50th  Birthday  and have decided to celebrate for 50 days- hey  life’s worth It! I’ll celebrate 50 to the 5oth  if I  could. The truth is though I want to  use this as an opportunity to  help my community! As I  work with the small businesses I know the struggles. The lack of … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Shoot The Art

I’m getting ready to post a “Please don’t shoot the art” sign at the next exhibit at the Galley @ The Stratosphere  #dontshoottheart #artip I’m not sure folks THINK about the long tail repercussions of their actions. An artist spends money on the canvas and supplies. He/she spends time creating the concept and the art … Continue reading

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Are You On the Right Path

Are you on the right path? It’s a question I find few can answer. So I have come to ask them, WHAT’S your WHY” Understanding your WHY  directs your path. At least it starts shaping  what  you require of your path. Then again the concept of life’s purpose, some may say defines your path. So what’s your … Continue reading

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Selling Angelina “Dashiki” Fabrics and Afros – the Politics and Innuendos of Owning our Style

KYEMAH MCENTYRE has launched a fashion capsule collection on Bella Vello, and once you get over the pride of this sisters talent, the joy of her success and opportunity, let’s take a moment to  look deeper into the significance and issues in this “arrangement’ At first, I was simply  glad that there was now an example … Continue reading

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What is The fashion Tech behind Zac Posen’s Met gala illuminating dress!

Inspired by calls for “How do I achieve this look!” I’ve added this Lighted dress to the list of hacks to tackle.  The plan is to launch  sometime June After NYukco’s  CopulateNYC event. A viral reaction to  the  Zac Posen gown at this year;s met gala brought this to my attention. Sadly, in response, some simply did … Continue reading

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Creative Integrity and Power of Ownership

The last thing I expected when I shared the Tidal link was a comment that it was “Too soon” and as such distasteful.  All I was saying in posting, was that the best way to respect the man was to respect how he controlled his legacy. If you’re going to listen to streamed music of … Continue reading

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Hack The Rack

“Hack the Rack” is a design hack celebrating the artisan, beginning with craft of custom dressmaking and open to all forms of specialized shelf items. The goal is engineering  QUALITY, FIT, HERITAGE TECHNIQUES, to meet the needs of consumers and lastly ETHICS – there is a subtle difference between an inspiration and  a knock off I … Continue reading

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MLK2016

You can have a professional web presence that is FREE. knowing the right tools and a bit of elbow grease can get you started! I  want to see each business with a solid online presence that they can build on! Join US Monday January 18th 2016 – 1pm-4pm Stratosphere Studio 227 Utica Avenue Brooklyn NY … Continue reading

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FW 2015 -16 Design in Season

I do not plan to sell one of these garment… I plan to, or rather need to plan to sell at least 300-400 a month for… Posted by Bonnie Sandy on Monday, January 4, 2016 exploring Gifs in Fashion Welcome to my digital office center – Some time in the last two years this stopped being simply being … Continue reading

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How to file your Linkedin claim as part of that $13 million potential settlement

Linkedin may pay some of its users up to $1,500 each to settle a $13 million lawsuit and like me you may have placed that legal notice of the claim ID into your trash! So do a search for “LINKEDIN LEGAL NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION” Essentially the suit claims LinkedIn members did not … Continue reading

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How to set up and use Paypal Me

Suddenly #Socialcommerce opportunities in the #conversationprism has a shopping cart.  #PaypalmeI was notified  via my tech  feeds that Paypal  had launched  Paypal.me.  It’s a simple link that allows for payment. As always I plunged right in. New tools require new protocols and while others would blog about it’s launch or that it exists .  I’ve learned that the information  value … Continue reading

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PayPal Me

Terms & Policy of Paypal Me Thanks you for using Paypal Me Return policy  Please direct any questions before purchase  via  the  Contact Us  uS form  21 day  from date of shipping, customer  is responsible for any return shipping. A verification will be sent  with each payment..      Click to Read on How to set up and use Paypal Me DRumPer … Continue reading

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Creative Industrialism & Tech Advocacy

I consider Shonda Rhimes, Oprah Winfrey  and Tyler Perry  Creative Industrialist. unlike others their success supports and fosters the success of  so many others. They all take different approaches, Ms Shonda in captivating  dramatic narratives; Oprah in new age spirituality and journalism and Mr Perry well he takes a lighted view of deep-seated spiritual believe around “Good vs Evil”! … Continue reading

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Transitions

It’s the season  for transitions and we’re stepping  the game up as far as creating  a sustainable local supply chain for local cottage sectors globally.  What sets us apart is the process we  take our collective through. Tapping into our combined experience and expertise  in; -Tradition Fashion, Creative Cottage, Bespoke/Custom tailoring and emerging tech. The following is a report  published … Continue reading

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AuthenticBS

A couple days ago someone showed me a style similar to my  DRumPer , the hems seemed to have the same pull and they seemed similar , but the cut  and drape were different. The  item was a polyester, the DRumPer is cotton  or rayon spandex. There are other differences least of which is the price the version … Continue reading

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What Does it Mean To Be Building Black

I estimate an average of 25% of each tee shirt sold leaves the community, for years I’ve been cognizant of this big “leak” in community resources that is the printed apparel sector. For a while I have been asking “is our purchases really supporting or building a black business, and is there a better way … Continue reading

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How do I use Facebooks Sell Something feature

Some Facebook groups now allows the member to  “Sell Something”. I realized many  do not know they exist… I was recently asked to explain  “how to” post items to these Head to your facebook groups and check which allows this feature. Check the group focus and rules respect them, if in doubt ask. Navigate to … Continue reading

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Designing Greatness

Last week the question was asked, “How can we shift economically depressed areas such as Baltimore and create strong economies, such as “Black Wall Street”.  I chimed in but  not for long since launching such  a project (NYuKCo) actually takes up quite a bot of my  time.  Many seemed to think that it was the … Continue reading

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NYukCo

NYukCO  is a Popup Incubator, virtual space & #fashiontech collective, focused on exploring affordable design, maufacturing & distribution in #socialcommerce NYukCO celebrates The power of the collective, The beauty of individuality, The impact of technology, NYukCO is a space for growth! Under the arm of Brooklyn Fashion Week  I’m leading a charge for local designers to define … Continue reading

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Hibiscus, Sorrel, Roselle – How Do You Use this Versatile Plant!

I make a wine with Sorrel, or at least what Trini’s call sorrel, which is what many  use for Hibiscus tea. My mom uses (tt) Sorrel to make a red cake… similar to the Caribbean black rum cake… Caribbean folks call Roselle–  Sorrel. However sorrel is also a spring greens used to make sorrel soup… Then I … Continue reading