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This show had tremendous impact. From the amazing visuals, to well chosen hair/make-up, to the commitment the models made in their walk. the seriousness of the issue came through for all watching. I want to especially mention sound healer/musician Becky Pezely. Her incredible sounds designed to resemble the elephant communication created on Tibetan singing bowls were the perfect addition. My apologies for the poor photo of the musician, but she was tucked in a poorly lit corner where the photographers in the pit could not get a photo, so I had to snap a pic on my little digital.
Kyoko Kondo - Argenteria ginko - The gold necklace is titled, "Elephant in light and shadow –TWO FACE". Elephants are big, strong, smart, and unique shape, such as a very popular animal, on the other hand, they killed for its ivory unnecessarily. This is the face shining in the light with great ivory and the face in the shadow lost ivory. To express light and shadow, left side has smooth face and shiny ivory with Cubic Zirconia, and right side has textures without ivory. Also each earring has different color of cup chain. It has been designed not too strongly express the form of elephant, good match for any cloths. I’m happy with wearing it. When I touched elephants I thought that their skin feels like crumpled cardboard, so I did it for making the texture. Cut out cardboard in the profile type of elephant, and it is across as edging in two of the brass plate. I received a technical cooperation of handmade accessories designer ucca6.
Dawson & Deveraux - This piece by D&D for the Elephantasia campaign was inspired by the imposing beauty and diversity of one of the world's most breathtaking creatures. Created from vegan leather and gold hand embroidered lace (the underlay) meticulous attention was taken to play off the roughness of the skin and infuse an element of movement with the fringe detail in the arms through the bodice. This was the perfect D&D project as we were able to make something referential without being literal while focusing on an area of social responsibility that often goes unnoticed.
Brigid Ko - I use primarily recycled materials in my avant-garde and couture designs. This particular piece is created entirely from recycled and reclaimed materials! The top is recycled inner tube, the skirt recycled roofing rubber and recycled leather. And, the neck piece is made from recycled fabric and reclaimed clay. I created 96 handmade clay tusks to represent the 96 Elephants that are killed on average, astonishingly, every day for ivory. I am so honored to be one of the 12 Sustainable designers chosen to help raise awareness funds to expose and protect the African elephant alongside NOVICA of National Geographic and Elephantatics BC.
Tatiana Shebelnik - Elephant, as well as monkey - I was born in the year of Monkey - are two of my favorite sacred animals. In 1994 when I arrived to United States to study in graduate school, I brought only one suitcase with me. One of the things that I had with me in this suitcase was a natural stone elephant that I got many years ago while visiting my cousin in Maikop In Russia. This elephant is done from Maikop natural stone. I always believed that it is a sacred animal that will protect me, and I carried this elephant with me through years. Till now I have it in my small collection of elephants at my house. As we all know, to members of the Hindu religion, the elephant is a sacred animal. According to Buddhists, “white” elephants carry special significance, and in Thailand white elephants are considered the king’s property. The style of the dress is based on my signature “Monkey" kimono dress” that I designed at the very beginning of my fashion career. My website: http://www.tatianashabelnik.com
For info on this show or to donate go to http://www.adotproductions.com/elephantasia
For information on Elephanatics go so http://elephanatics.org/