Lemonade Stand Designs

Lemonade Stand Designs


Announcer: You’re watching ATW Weekend Edition. Welcome back to ATW Weekend Edition. We’re you’re hosts. I’m Anthony McLachlan and with me is Wade Brown. – If you’re a regular viewer of ATW, then you’ll remember that just a few short years ago we brought you the story of Marie Webb. Marie is a talented artist in Helifax, who’s the youngest woman ever to have her own solo show at the art gallery of Nova Scotia. – And since that time Marie, who has Down Syndrome, has continued to create and has added yet another talent to her already impressive portfolio, that being fashion designer. – Marie is the owner, creator and designer for Lemonade Stand Designs. Her fashions are whimsical, colorful and vibrant, and she calls them wearable art, that’s a celebration of life on the body. – Helifax’s Laura Baine tells us more about this emerging fashion powerhouse. – And you did this all by hand? – Yeah, almost yeah. – Oh my gosh. – [Announcer] We are backstage with fashion designer Marie Webb, and her Lemonade Stand Designs models, as they get ready for a runway show at Atlantic Fashion Week. – [Woman] Good job Marie. – [Announcer] Right now they’re posing for photographs, but in a few minutes, Marie and these models will walk the runway. Proud parent, Renee Forestall, can’t help but rush into the shot to fuss over Marie’s outfit. – Nothing is wrong. – I didn’t bring the spray. – Stop it, let it be. – [Announcer] But Marie is anxious to keep working her poses with the other models. – Beautiful. – Thank you. – Aw, thank you Marie. (upbeat instrumental music) – [Announcer] Founder and executive director of Atlantic Fashion Week, Angela Campagnoni, is thrilled to have Lemonade Stand Designs in the show. – Lemonade Stand was a line that I had seen that I absolutely fell in love with. Her work is so incredible and happy and just joyous to look at, that I thought they would be great to have on our runways. – Welcome to Atlantic Fashion Week showcase number six. Everyone feeling good tonight? (audience applause) – [Announcer] The collection is called Happy Juice Popwear. It includes flowy, flare dresses, and silky wraps in vibrant colors. With bold designs and playful patterns. All accessorized with black stalkings and Dock Martin boots, with yellow laces. Model Charlotte Smith is a fan. – Tonight I’m wearing a blue fit and flare dress. It has tank top straps and it ends just around my knees and it has lots of bright, neon colors, outlined in black, it’s really beautiful. It also looks like stained glass. (audience applause) – [Announcer] The show’s a hit and Marie is over the moon as she takes a final bow. (audience applause) I couldn’t get enough of Marie’s wearable art, so a few weeks later, I visited her in her studio at Wonderneath, an artist collective in Helifax’s North end. Together we leafed through a sketch book filled with some new designs. – Oh wow, oh this is like a cape. – Yeah, cape, I like capes. – Yeah. – Like a superhero. – Yeah definitely, this is an outfit for a superhero. – Yeah. – [Announcer] The studio is a playful, colorful and happy space, filled with light, dresses, fabric, markers and sketches. The perfect space for Marie to create her designs. – So this is a new one that you’re just starting. How do you know what you’re gonna draw? – In my dreams. – In your dreams, oh okay. You’re just gonna see what the drawings are and then decide? – Yeah. – [Announcer] Marie and Renee, an artist herself, enjoy time together, including needle felting. Pushing wool into fabric with a needle, to create patterns. – What about this skirt, you’ve got a star on it? – No… – A heart, oh a butterfly, okay. And what’s this, a heart? – That’s a heart. – She understands color composition intuitively, she understands composition intuitively, some of it I taught a little bit, but not much. So most of it is just really innate in what she does. And even when she was quite young, she was always designing dresses, but they were on her Barbies. And it never actually even occurred to me that this was something that she would want to pursue. It takes time to do this kind of work. Marie is incredibly productive. Productive and prolific, I’ll put it that way. She’s always producing… – [Announcer] She even designs the fabric her clothing is made from. It’s rare for Marie’s father Nick, to visit the studio, but today he’s got good cause. – What do you thinks in it? – [Announcer] A courier parcel from her fabric printer. – Do you want me to take it away? – No… Oh my! – [Announcer] It’s meters and meters of colorful stretched silk, patterned with Marie’s artwork. A lot of her art is about celebration, family and friends. – People are really overjoyed when they see it. I think they respond to the immediacy of it, the playfulness, the joy of it. – Marie, if you were gonna draw a dress for me, what would you draw? – I would give hearts for you. – Hearts for me? – Oh I think that’s a good choice, because I really love the heart drawings that you have. – Oh yeah. – How do you feel when you’re drawing? – I am happy when I’m drawing. – I really like Marie’s designs, they are bright, colorful and stylish. I also really think it’s cool that she not only designs the clothing, but the fabrics too. – She certainly is talented and very passionate about what she does. You know, she sounded so happy when she was talking before her runway show and while speaking with Laura in her studio. I just couldn’t keep from smiling through that entire piece. – I couldn’t agree more, and something else to smile about is that Lemonade Stand Designs is now selling their clothing online. So if you’re interested in buying a dress, or if you just want some more information, you can head to their website lemonadestanddesigns.com They would make a great gift, but Wade, I don’t think they have your size. – Hey Anthony, you never know. – Fair enough.

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