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Plush Armour EXPANSION!

Cultivating a Dreaming Space for Black Women.

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Campaign Ends on December 31, 2021

Project Description

 

Black Women are under SEEN, under VALUED, and under SERVED.

 

Our new home located in Los Angeles, CA

The most important resource black women need to journey from survive to thrive is safe space.

This is where you come in!

Healing starts with community.  

Help us....

1. Seed our first flagship space (located in Los Angeles, CA) where black women can heal, receive support in community, re-connect with their bodies and re-indigenate with their ancestral knowledge. 

     Outdoor Co-Work Spa will feature... 

  • Soaking Tubs
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Sauna
  • Event Garden
  • Greenhouse
  • Lounge & Workspace

2. Expand our digital platform offering classes, workshops, and educational resources grounded in ancestral knowledge designed to heal intergenerational trauma within the global marginalized community.     

     Somatic Based Programming 

  • Embodiment 
  • Ancestral & Indigenous Wisdom
  • Trauma & Intergenerational Healing
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Relationships
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Sustainability 
  • Good Economics
  • Cultural & Systemic Innovation

3. Launch our E-Commerce platform for sustainable home & wellness products featuring BIWOC artisans. 

We have the space! Yay! We just need the fixings!!!!

Your generous support will help us with...

  • Designing & building our outdoor co-work spa.
  • Program development designed to cultivate the skills needed to heal AND dismantle systems of oppression.
  • Branding & marketing tailored to specifically address the needs of marginalized communities. 
  • Business growth and development focused on building a strong global network.

WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR.

Collaborations with Etsy & Free People

 

Plush Armour’s inception began in 2013 as a humble handmade knitwear Etsy Shop. Since then Plush Armour has been feature numerous times across Etsy's platform and FreePeople.com.  Founder Chasten Harmon is an Actress, Eco-Spiritualist, and Embodiment Specialist as well as a Knitwear Designer/Fiber Artist.  She has studied the art of embodiment through acting for 15+ years.  She received her B.F.A. from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and her M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama where she studied Grotowski,  Lucid Body, Viewpoints, The Alexander Technique, Yoga and Clown in addition to 8 years of dance training. With her background in acting and storytelling she is deeply and profoundly invested in the human experience.  She has graced the stage & screen in a myriad of projects in Theatre, Film & Television since graduating from Yale School of Drama in 2015, during which she founded Plush Amour. As her simultaneous passions for knitwear and studying the art of humanity through storytelling grew... so did her passion for healing trauma in the black community. In 2020 Plush Armour launched it’s expansion into, not only a knitwear line, but a wellness brand offering Embodiment Workshops and Healing Circles for the BIPOC community.  She is currently completing her trauma informed embodied somatic healing certificate program with The Embody Lab to deepen her practice within marginalized communities. 

WHERE WE ARE GOING! 

Sustainability, Embodiment, Pleasure, Creativity

 

SUSTAINABILITY Indigenous knowledge is knowledge of, connection to, and integration with the land. What we’re awakening to is that the way we’ve been doing things is not sustainable for the environment or our bodies and something needs to change. The goal with Plush Armour is to provide a container to reconnect Black women with their original source of support & wisdom. Healing our relationship with the land, which is such and integral part of the culture we came from, is where we begin to truly heal.

EMBODIMENT is EVERYTHING! The body is the instrument through which we engage with the world.  When you take that body and you remove it from its home or expose it to genocide, enslavement, white supremacy, narrative control, and other forms of systemic oppression, you trap that body in a cycle of trauma which greatly affects how it is able to show up in the world. It's not just about de-colonizing the mind. It's about healing and de-programming the body as well. 

PLEASURE is the revolution. Pleasure is the salve that soothes the nervous system. Pleasure is our why. It's the bridge from survive to thrive.  Pleasure invites the body to soften.  It's the portal to curiosity, wonder, play and invites us to open into our fullest expression and expansion self. 

CREATIVITY is nature's profession. So it makes sense that our bodies need creativity and creative environments to thrive. It's where our spirit comes alive and our imaginations can play. That's the space where cultural innovation happens.  Where new worlds are dreamed. Our creativity is our weaponry and access to it is an integral part of our movement.

COMMUNITY There is a collective knowledge that needs to be recovered and this can only happen in community. Pain is a natural part of the human experience but suffering that pain alone is not. Indigenous communities recognize the need for mentorship, communion and ritual.  This knowledge lives in us. It's our bones so it makes sense that it can only be recovered through community.

Community

PLUSH ARMOUR is Nature's Arsenal.

The salve needed to heal the world lies within our bones. It only needs to be recovered. Healing has never been an individual journey and always will be a communal one. It is my hope that a re-introduction of this knowledge to the community will not only heal our culture, but begin to build bridges to a new way of being that is a sustainable, symbiotic, right relationship with the environment and with each other.

I thank you for your support in this endeavor with the deepest of gratitude. This is my most audacious dream and I'm so excited to bring it to fruition with you. 

*Stay tuned for more yummy rewards including Plush Armour Merch, Knitting Lessons, Discounts for Plush Armour Knitwear, Exclusive One-of-a-Kind Services/Offers and more tangible opportunities to help us grow our dreaming space!

“Empowerment of black women constitutes the empowerment of our entire community”

-Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

 

Updates

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Is all the money going to you? 

  • ifundwomen platform takes a small fee to serve as a host of this campaign. After that the remaining money gets deposited directly into our account.  The platform asks for tips for coaches of campaigns.  You are welcome to contribute if you value the cause.  I did not receive any coaching from ifundwomen for this campaign. 

What if I want to donate but not on this platform?

What if I cannot financially contribute at this moment but I want to help?  

  • We understand!  We recognize the strain this pandemic has put on every household. We would LOVE your support in other ways.  Here's how you can help! 
    • SHARE! - Post, email, tell your friends and family.  Sharing is free and the BEST form of ally-ship you can offer. 
    • OFFER - We love to partner and collaborate! We'll accept services for our business or offered as rewards for donations.  Biz Coach? Money Coach? Graphic Designer? Let's talk! (contact: chasten@plusharmour.com)

 

 

 

Ariana Berkowitz
11/27/2021
Monetary Contribution
$150
11/20/2021
Help us SEED!
$25
Aino Boyer
11/16/2021
Help us SEED!
$25
Alisha Westerman
11/15/2021
Send a Black Woman Flowers! - SEEDS
$60
T. Wilson
11/15/2021
Monetary Contribution
$100
Sheria Irving
11/09/2021
Send a Black Woman Flowers! - BULBS
$115
Mary Harmon
11/03/2021
Monetary Contribution
$4,500
mm
11/03/2021
Monetary Contribution
$30
Emily Hill
11/02/2021
Send a Black Woman Flowers! - SEEDS
$60
Rebekah Greer Melocik
11/02/2021
Send a Black Woman Flowers! - SEEDS
$60
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

9 Supporters
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15.00 USD
SEEN - Digital Database Collective

Membership and/or access to our underground network featuring Black female & femme creatives, artists, shamans, and healers. 

Ever wish you had a 1 stop shop for Black female creatives? Need to a find a DP? An acupuncturist? Accountant? Someone who prints 3D cupcakes?  Anything you can dream of in your wildest imagination you can source via this database.  All you gotta do is join! 

 

0 Supporters
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50.00 USD
SEEN - Exclusive Membership Access!

Membership and/or access to our underground database. 

+

Exclusive access to grants, workshops, coaching, and educational resources designed to specifically address the challenges Black Women face while navigating their creative endeavors.  

0 Supporters
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60.00 USD
Send a Black Woman Flowers! - SEEDS

Make a Black Woman feel seen and special!  You can choose your desired recipient or we can pick for you! Flower Seeds will be sent to a special someone, in partnership with Plant Gem, in exchange for your contribution.

*Plant Gem donates a part of their profits to fighting racism. 

5 Supporters
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75.00 USD
1-on-1 Knitting Lessons

Want to learn how to knit? Now's your chance!

This rewards gets you a 1-on-1 knitting session with me via Zoom or In-Person (Los Angeles/New York) .  Choose a beanie or a cowl for your knitting adventures! *materials not included. 

 

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115.00 USD
Send a Black Woman Flowers! - BULBS

Make a Black Woman feel seen and special.  You can choose your desired recipient or we can pick for you! Flower bulbs will be sent to a special someone, in partnership with Plant Gem, in exchange for your contribution.

*Plant Gem donates a part of their profits to fighting racism. 

3 Supporters
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250.00 USD
Creative Visioning Session

Ready to tap into your most audacious dream?

Let's go deep in a 1-on-1 session where we will tap into your core values and vision for your expression in this world and map a plan to bring this vision into fruition. 

*Sessions offered in person or via Zoom (New York/Los Angeles)

 

 

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500.00 USD
Group Knitting Lessons - 5-10ppl

Host a knitting party or gather a group of friends for a crafty afternoon of knits & purls!

This rewards gets you a group knitting session with me via Zoom or In-Person (Los Angeles/New York) .  Choose a beanie or a cowl for your knitting adventures! *materials not included.   

*Funder will be contacted after purchase for further instructions. 

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1,000.00 USD
Creative Visioning Package - 4x Sessions

Ready to tap into your most audacious dream?

In 4 deep dive sessions we will tap into your core values and vision for your expression in this world and map a plan to bring this vision into fruition. 

*Sessions offered in person or via Zoom (New York/Los Angeles)

 

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2,000.00 USD
Outdoor Co-Work Spa!

We're seeding our flagship IRL space in Los Angeles, CA!

A Co-Work Spa for Black Female Creatives featuring a community garden, soaking tubs, sauna, outdoor shower, greenhouse, event garden, work & lounge space. 

Help us grow a space where Black Women can tap into community, nature creativity, vibrancy and expansion.

*Each funder will receive an honorary fence plaque in our garden commemorating your contribution as an original founder. 

 

 

0 Supporters
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5,000.00 USD
Make a Black Woman's Dream Come True!

We're dedicating 20K from this campaign to launch our inaugural grant program designed to support Black female creatives!!!!! 

This program will launch in 2022 when 4 recipients will be selected to receive 5K towards their creative projects.  Grant recipients will be selected by a TBA committee. 

*If you purchase this reward one of the grants given will be named after YOU! This is your chance to make a Black Woman's dreams come true! 

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Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

9 Supporters
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15.00 USD
SEEN - Digital Database Collective

Membership and/or access to our underground network featuring Black female & femme creatives, artists, shamans, and healers. 

Ever wish you had a 1 stop shop for Black female creatives? Need to a find a DP? An acupuncturist? Accountant? Someone who prints 3D cupcakes?  Anything you can dream of in your wildest imagination you can source via this database.  All you gotta do is join! 

 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
SEEN - Exclusive Membership Access!

Membership and/or access to our underground database. 

+

Exclusive access to grants, workshops, coaching, and educational resources designed to specifically address the challenges Black Women face while navigating their creative endeavors.  

0 Supporters
Select this reward
60.00 USD
Send a Black Woman Flowers! - SEEDS

Make a Black Woman feel seen and special!  You can choose your desired recipient or we can pick for you! Flower Seeds will be sent to a special someone, in partnership with Plant Gem, in exchange for your contribution.

*Plant Gem donates a part of their profits to fighting racism. 

5 Supporters
Select this reward
75.00 USD
1-on-1 Knitting Lessons

Want to learn how to knit? Now's your chance!

This rewards gets you a 1-on-1 knitting session with me via Zoom or In-Person (Los Angeles/New York) .  Choose a beanie or a cowl for your knitting adventures! *materials not included. 

 

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
115.00 USD
Send a Black Woman Flowers! - BULBS

Make a Black Woman feel seen and special.  You can choose your desired recipient or we can pick for you! Flower bulbs will be sent to a special someone, in partnership with Plant Gem, in exchange for your contribution.

*Plant Gem donates a part of their profits to fighting racism. 

3 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Creative Visioning Session

Ready to tap into your most audacious dream?

Let's go deep in a 1-on-1 session where we will tap into your core values and vision for your expression in this world and map a plan to bring this vision into fruition. 

*Sessions offered in person or via Zoom (New York/Los Angeles)

 

 

20 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Group Knitting Lessons - 5-10ppl

Host a knitting party or gather a group of friends for a crafty afternoon of knits & purls!

This rewards gets you a group knitting session with me via Zoom or In-Person (Los Angeles/New York) .  Choose a beanie or a cowl for your knitting adventures! *materials not included.   

*Funder will be contacted after purchase for further instructions. 

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Creative Visioning Package - 4x Sessions

Ready to tap into your most audacious dream?

In 4 deep dive sessions we will tap into your core values and vision for your expression in this world and map a plan to bring this vision into fruition. 

*Sessions offered in person or via Zoom (New York/Los Angeles)

 

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
2,000.00 USD
Outdoor Co-Work Spa!

We're seeding our flagship IRL space in Los Angeles, CA!

A Co-Work Spa for Black Female Creatives featuring a community garden, soaking tubs, sauna, outdoor shower, greenhouse, event garden, work & lounge space. 

Help us grow a space where Black Women can tap into community, nature creativity, vibrancy and expansion.

*Each funder will receive an honorary fence plaque in our garden commemorating your contribution as an original founder. 

 

 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
Make a Black Woman's Dream Come True!

We're dedicating 20K from this campaign to launch our inaugural grant program designed to support Black female creatives!!!!! 

This program will launch in 2022 when 4 recipients will be selected to receive 5K towards their creative projects.  Grant recipients will be selected by a TBA committee. 

*If you purchase this reward one of the grants given will be named after YOU! This is your chance to make a Black Woman's dreams come true! 

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