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Presence in the New Year

Happy New Year lovely!

I’m super excited about 2016.  So many plans, so much awesomeness on the horizon!

This NYE was our last in England, and we celebrated.

Hard.

Sometimes you just gotta go big and ball out.

Because life is all about the memories you make and the stories you create.

And it was totally worth it.

We also took a lot of down time this holiday season, as close friends were visiting.

Which always causes the battle between relaxing for the holidays and feeling guilty for being a lazy pile vs. being in the moment and valuing the time spent recharging with loved ones.

But this time I was able to step away from the studio and recognize that I wasn’t working because I was being present.

And that is something that we can all do more of. 

So in 2016, my loves, work to live in the moment. 

I say work because sometimes that’s what you have to do.

You have to make a conscious decision to set shit aside.

Be present.

Give whatever you’re doing all of your attention. 

The benefits will astound you.

I promise.

What is on the Bound horizon in 2016?

Less silk, more paintings.

No more wholesale, which means lower retail pricing.

Smaller, more intentional collections.

And the launch of a HUGE new project that I have been silly excited about for a very long time. 

Cheers to you and your loved ones, 2016 is going to kick so much ass.

XO,
Emily 

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Playa Series by Emily Magone Receives Minted Awards

Holy crap! I woke up Saturday morning to an email from Minted that I had received NINE awards in their latest Art Challenge!  The entire Playa Series, as well as Leo Constellation were picked up to be run as Limited Edition Prints through Minted.com!

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“Leo” Original Artwork by Emily Magone

I’m so excited and grateful! I can’t wait to see more of my work in their beautiful frames!

I will update you lovelies as soon as the prints are available for purchase in my shop on Minted 🙂
XO,

Emily

 

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Custom Wedding Fabric + Amazing Seamstress = Epic Results

 

So awhile back, I was contacted by the mother of a bride-to-be, inquiring about having some custom fabric painted to make a wedding dress with.  She sent me a few example shots and some color samples, and I took it from there.

I was so excited! What an honor to be asked to contribute such an important piece to her big day <3
And a few weeks ago, I got a surprise email from the mother with a bunch of wedding day pictures!
  
         
Turns out they planned all the wedding colors around the colors of the dress, which made for a very beautiful event! <3
The seamstress that crafted this fine piece is Marleen Van Aardt and her work can be found at http://www.mekicouture.com.
What a beautiful bride you are, Lauren! Thank you so much for allowing me to help with your magical day <3
 
If you are interested in custom wedding fabric or custom wedding sets of scarves or ties for your special day, hit me up! I LOVE making your vision come to life 😉 
 
Contact me HERE to let me know what you have in mind 🙂
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Oh, Montana, how I love thee.

So catching a cargo flight back home (Montana) from England was an interesting experience.  I wasn’t sure what to expect except that the mesh seats would be lining the sides of the cabin and it would be cold and loud. 

I was right about those parts, but I wasn’t expecting the casualness of it, and that they wouldn’t give a shit if we laid down on the floor wherever we could.  So I chewed up half an ambien, crawled in my sleeping bag on the floor and peaced out for 7 of the 10 hours.  It was the greatest overseas flight ever. 

Upon arrival, we were immediately hit with that super dry heat characteristic of the area.  My skin and nose felt it instantly.  But I could smell the pine, and oh man did it smell delicious.  We’ve been debating (my husband and I) about where we think we want to be shopping for land for retirement, weighing between the NW area of Oregon and NE Washington/Northern Idaho/NW Montana. 

Me more towards Oregon, my husband more towards the latter. 
The main factor for me is the climate.  My skin issues do not fare well in the dry ass extremes of this area.  But with the moisture of the coastal PNW climate also comes the grey cloud of doom that hangs out for about 9 months of the year.  It’s a shitty trade off.  Plus I love moss. And the PNW has moss a plenty. 

But then I saw a clip of the latest research about the ridiculously enormous plate shift that is due in the coastal PNW at any moment, which also gave the inland option some points. 
Anyway, it felt really really nice to be back in the area, I missed it more than I thought I did.  The mountains here are like no other. Even if I do feel like a dehydrated piece of fruit. 
 
Seeing everyone after a three year gap was an emotional rollercoaster for sure.  So many stories to tell and hear, things to share, the joys of reuniting and the sadnesses of missing so much. The jet lag hit hard and I was passed out by about 9:30 the first night, and was then of course up with the sun.  5am is a lovely time here in the summer.  It is the perfect temperature to sit outside with a cup of tea, watching the sun make its way over the trees.  While I sat in the swing, a little group of 5 wild turkeys wandered around making loud ass noises at each other until Fleetwood (beautiful black lab love) made chase. Then the ballsiest turkey flew up into a tree to perch, which I had never seen before. I had no idea those fat ass birds could make it that high into a tree.
 
I spent most of my time home camping with all of my loves, eating tasty homegrown food and being in the trees.  The joy and silence of being on the still water at dusk is like no other.
 

As I geared up to head back to England, it was very apparent to me where home really is. Not my hometown, but NW Montana in general. 

After visiting the Norwegian Fjords, it is clear why so many of my ancestors chose to put down roots in Glacier country.  It is the only place that I have seen thus far that even compares to the majesty of Scandinavia. Time to throw down on some land and start slowly making our way back to the homeland <3

 

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Emily Magone Partners with The Unity Closet to Support Education in Nepal

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A few months ago, I was contacted by The Unity Closet with a request to join their design team for their latest collection of scarves.  So exciting!

The Unity Closet is a global social enterprise that collaborates with emerging designers with the goal of providing fundamental resources to educate youth in need. Read on:

“Our 2015 Collection features yet another curated design team but with a unified approach to help improve an overwhelming global concern affecting nearly every community in our world today: education for youth.We are proud to announce a special partnership with the international charitable organization, BuildOn – a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on constructing primary school sin developing communities. This organization was the brainchild of current President and CEO, Jim Ziokowski, who was inspired after witnessing the grand opening of a school in Nepal during a backpacking trip.
The ultimate vision is leverage our upcoming, education-focused collection to fund the construction of a primary school in the outskirts of Nepal. Thanks to the BuildOn staff, their local connections with the Nepalese government and construction companies, we can bring this idea to life.”

So I embarked on the journey of designing a piece that would encompass the mission and message of both these organizations. I went through a few pieces before I decided on this one.


“Destiny” represents the path that is before each of us. While we can’t always see what lies ahead, the journey itself is beautiful.  The Autumn season has always brought about important, positive change and renewal in my life, and what could be a more important change than the access to education for a child who hadn’t previously been so fortunate?
I believe in maximizing our potential as humans – and when children aren’t given access to education, their ability to tap into that potential is weakened.  Every child should be afforded the opportunity to dream, and to fulfill their dreams, regardless of their location or circumstances in which they were born into.  Providing access to education allows a child not only to dream, but to act upon that dream and bring their unique gifts to the world. 
 
So, without further adieu, I proudly present the Destiny Scarf for The Unity Closet:
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“Destiny” Scarf by Emily Magone

The United Nations has formally declared education as a basic human right, yet nearly 800 million people around the globe are unable to read or write.
Furthermore, over 40 percent of the world’s illiterate population lives in Southeast Asia. Among the countries most in need in the region, Nepal faces challenges in providing consistent education and resources to the nation’s youth.
 
A lack of education is the root of the world’s most significant problems: violence, discrimination, economic growth, and inability to facilitate change.
 
Throughout the next year, The Unity Closet aspires to raise approximately $30,000 to fund the construction of a school in the outskirts of Nepal.  Thanks to the BuildOn staff, their local connections with the Nepalese government and construction companies, we can bring this idea to life.
 
Click HERE to shop the 2015 Education Collection and to help bring this epic dream to fruition <3
 
As always, contact me with any questions!
 
With so much love and gratitude,
Emily <3
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“Studio Inspiration” Artist Feature on the Arts Business Institute Blog

This was exciting news to awake to this morning!

Carolyn Edlund, Founder of ArtsyShark, chose a handful of artists to highlight for the Arts Business Institute’s blog article entitled “Studio Inspiration”.  And she used the word ‘incredible’! Squeeeee!

HERE is the link to the article.  Be sure to check out all the other artists in there as well, some of them are playing with fire!

 
 
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VIDA Voices Showcase!

Got this fantastical email this week:

“Hi Emily,
We are delighted to inform you that you have been selected to be a part of the VIDA Voices showcase, which is being released to the public today.  Congratulations!!  You are part of a very select group of artists whose VIDA products can now be seen by everyone here:
http://www.shopvida.com/collections/voices
Due to your talent, hard work and dedication to sharing your collection with your network and community, your work with VIDA has truly shined and stood out in the crowd.  We do hope that you continue to upload more images and be a VIDA designer with us for the very long term.  Thank you so much for being an integral part of VIDA Voices from the very beginning.  As we continue to grow, we will always be forever grateful for your role in helping shape VIDA Voices as we continue to expand.
Our deepest gratitude,
Team VIDA”

Thank you to all of you lovelies that have supported this project with your words and your wallets. I am so very grateful and honored. <3

Please make sure you check out the VIDA Voices Showcase page, there are some INCREDIBLE artists here that I am truly humbled to appear alongside.

With so much love and gratitude,

EM 🙂

 

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Emily Magone Partners with VIDA Voices to Create Ethically & Socially Responsible Fashion

I have some big news!
 
So a few days ago, I was contacted by an incredible new sustainable startup fashion company called VIDA, based out of San Francisco. The VIDA staff found my work online and enthusiastically invited me to design some new scarves and silk shirts for their lineup using my paintings – particularly my charcoal and watercolor work. Once I did my research and discovered the amazing and fresh approach they are taking to create ethical and sustainable fashion, I knew I wanted to get on board.
 
VIDA’s story is that of the rich, interconnected world we live in — the story of contemporary life and mindful, global citizenship. They believe beautiful products should create beauty every step of the way, and they are truly re-imagining fashion and commerce from the ground up. Not only are they producing ethical and sustainable fashion, VIDA is taking a portion of the proceeds and using it to provide literacy programs to their makers – providing them with the resources to learn to read, write, and do basic math – and build a better life for generations to come.
This piece excites me most of all. How could you NOT want to join in this revolution?
With the help of the amazing VIDA staff, I have chosen 7 pieces to be made into these delicious wearables. 
There are now eight products up on my VIDA Voices page, and each product that reaches 5 pre-orders within the next 14 days, VIDA will produce for resale in the broader market. If a piece does not reach 5 pre-orders, it will not be created.
 
As extra enticement for this 14-day period only, VIDA is offering the coupon code VOICES for 25% off of any pre-­orders — which makes these 100% Modal scarves incredibly reasonable at $30 and an epic $56 for the silk shirts! AND if you order by the end of this month, they have a special on international shipping for only $5 USD! (Usually it’s $35, so this is a huge savings opportunity to hop on if you see something you like).
 
Here are the pieces chosen for my VIDA Voices Collection.

These scarves are made out of 100% Micro­Modal® by Lenzing, a luxuriously soft botanic silk fabric made out of European beechwood. Because of modal’s botanic origin, it is particularly eco-friendly and its fineness is comparable to that of natural silk. Micro­Modal® offers a soft, beautiful sheen, with colors that are bright and vibrant.

Each piece in the Charcoal Trees Series will be recreated as a beautiful and luxurious 100% Modal scarf, as will Antelope Canyon Two.
 
The completely natural fiber of this scarf is made in a fully integrated facility in Austria, optimized for production synergies and energy conservation by using eco-friendly production processes. The fabric is woven in a small factory in Pakistan. VIDA collaborates with the owner and workers of this factory to produce the perfect thread-count and weave for optimal softness and sheen.
 
AND …these scarves are enormous! Because of the hand­made process, they range in size from 24.5”-25” X 76”-77”.  Wrap yourself up sooooo nice!
Scarves are usually sold for $40 USD but use the coupon code VOICES to receive 25% OFF any pre­orders (which makes these scarves only $30!)…and again, there’s a special $5 USD on international shipping only until the end of this month.
 
Summer, Ready, Vast and Charcoal Trees One will each be recreated as stunning, flowy silk tops.
 
I could not be more excited to share this collection with you.  For me, this is a huge step toward realizing my dream of bringing the art of nature to every aspect of life – sustainably and ethically.
Sizing Chart for the silk tops are as follows:
 
*Note: Tops fit true to size but have a drapey cut — please size down if you prefer a snug fit.
Small: Bust – 32″, Hips 38” (US Size 0–2)
Medium: Bust – 34″, Hips 39” (US Size 4–6)
Large: Bust – 38″, Hips 40″ (US Size 8–10)
 
I’m ordering the Vast Silk Tee for myself 😉
 
If you love any of these delicious scarves or tops, or know anyone that would as well, simply click HERE to pre-order any one or more of these scarves and ethereal silk tops. Don’t forget to include coupon code VOICES to get 25% off (that’s just $30 for each of these lovely scarves, and $48-56 for the silk tops!)
 
From artist, to maker, to you. That’s it.
 
The international shipping for $5 deal is also incredible.  That is a $30 savings! A whole scarf’s worth! Folks from all over the world can purchase, and help give back.
 
But remember, pre-order only lasts for 2 weeks from today. If you pre-order a piece and it doesn’t hit the minimum 5 orders, you pay nothing.
 
Please help me to spread the word by sharing this post with your friends and family through email, social media or in person.
 
Being able to be a part of this amazing startup will mean the world to me – so for those of you that love flowy, delicious fabrics, or those of you that love sustainable and ethical business practices, or those of you that love the environment and making the world a better place, or those of you that love me – just skip on over to the site and pre-order your favorite piece for yourself (you deserve it) or a loved one.  They will love knowing that they are representing the future of sustainable fashion whenever they wear it 😉
 
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this exhaustingly long email – I am so very grateful for you.
 
With so much love and gratitude,
 
Emily 🙂
 
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