Artisan hopes generosity of crowd will start fashion label
PASSIONATE artisan Monique Hope, of Lismore, is one of those people who doesn't just know where her dreams lie, but will stop at nothing to get there.
Using the method of crowdfunding, a revolutionary new way of funding creative projects, charity events and, well, anything you can really think of, Ms Hope is hoping to make her dream launch of her fashion label Chip The Teacup and its debut collection titled Dirty Pop Fantasy a reality.
A whole lot of hard work has gotten Ms Hope to this point, now it's just the funds that need to match her enthusiasm.
After graduating from Southern Cross University with a Bachelor of Business, she completed studies in Fashion Design at Wollongbar TAFE and was awarded Fashion Student of the Year.
She's then built momentum by growing an online following for Chip The Teacup through blogging on social media and creating business and marketing plans through the New Enterprise Initiative Scheme.
"It has always been my dream to create inspiring fashion and I am ridiculously passionate about Chip The Teacup and want to spend every day bringing new designs to life," Ms Hope said.
But now the challenge lies with finding the finances to produce the collection.
Her creations come from her home-based studio, where she designs garments, creates patterns, sews samples and makes one-off pieces and jewellery.
Thankful for any help she's given to help reach her goal, she's offering rewards to those who help with her crowdfunding journey - like a free pair of her handmade fluffy earrings or the chance for private tuition with Ms Hope to 'create your own fashion designs'.
Hoping for the best, as the positive person she is, she's decided to take an "all or nothing" approach.
"If I don't reach my target of $2500 I get nothing and no money is taken out of my supporters' bank accounts until the campaign is successfully closed (August 11)."