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Finding my Inner Hippie

Emily Mackley

Last year I came across this thing called Shibori and fell head over heels. Trends have been shifting toward the organic for some time now and it is no surprise that this ancient art has made it’s way into the fashion mainstream lately. When I thought of tie dye, it used to conjure images of those garish t-shirts we made in high school full of blotchy circles in clashing colors. Of course in Japanese it is something altogether different: Elegant, measured, and beautiful. The fabric is folded, tied, sewn and clamped to form the most amazing patterns. Traditionally the fabrics are dyed in Indigo, but the technique works just as well with a variety of dyes.

Once I tried it I couldn’t stop. I’m having about the most fun I’ve had since art school, mixing dyes and creating one of a kind fabrics. There is something so exciting about unwrapping or untying a piece of cloth and revealing the spectacular pattern that has emerged.

I’ll be adding hand dyed silk scarves to the catalogue this Spring as well as a line of totes and pouches dyed with Indigo. Each piece is it’s own unique work of art!

Cooperation

Emily Mackley

To be honest, handbags had not been on my mind so much the last several months. That's due mostly to becoming pregnant in December. Preparing for a first child has a way of taking over one's life I'm finding.

But I believe many things happen at exactly the perfect moment including meeting the love of my life at age 41. So, just when spending a blissful day at the sewing machine seems like a semi distant memory, I get an email. The message comes with an invitation to join a coop of women artisans who run a shop and gallery in Santa Monica. Poof. Just like that Emily Tibor has a new home, and a community of talented artists to share space with. Ten Women Gallery has been around for more that two decades and I am so excited to be a part of it and to be finding new inspiration.

Giving Back

Emily Mackley

I have been fortunate to have many inspiring women in my life. One of them is my long time friend, Lila. She's a talented cinematographer, fashionista and fun loving adventurer. Oh also, she's beaten AML twice. (That's Leukemia) She reminds me that we are capable of so much more than we imagine and that it is important to try to walk through this life with grace.

Before going into the hospital for the second time, she had been planning a personal journey to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. While getting well she used that goal as motivation and inspiration to get into remission once and for all. Now, that desire to climb a mountain has turned into a quest that reaches across the country and around the globe as she leads a group of friends, doctors, nurses, and survivors to the roof of Africa in 2016.

She's making a documentary of her journey and has set an ambitious goal to raise one million dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as promoting awareness for stem cell donation.

I created the Kilimanjaro Tote Bag to contribute to this cause. All of the proceeds go to LLS. The bag is made of 15 oz artist's canvas and features an original illustration I created of the mountain in Africa. Handles are leather. It's a tough little beauty. Just like Lila.

Follow her adventure on Facebook at Climb 2 Cure