Anything Retro and lots of Ties – Toni Matison is often called “The Tie Lady”. Toni creates useful and arty items with re-claimed ties, vintage fabrics, jewelry, re-cycled children’s books and other found objects. Always looking to see how a tie can be de-constructed and then re-purposed into something else, pieces include Portfolio Covers and Journals, “Stick’n With Style” note pads, Mirrors, Photo Frames, wearable Pins, Holiday Ornaments and more. The “Tie Chicks” are part of my new works.
Proceeds from Toni’s Tie Art project, which she founded as Ties 4 ALS in honor of her late husband, Harry Horn, benefit those living with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in various areas of the United States from Arizona to Florida. Harry Horn, former ABC-7 News Anchor in Ft. Myers, Florida and Channel 10 reporter in Phoenix, Arizona, loved ties! All kinds of ties – Gator ties, holiday ties, western ties, sophisticated ties and fun ties. And, each tie always had a story – why he had to have it or where it came from.
On August 22, 2005 Harry lost his 18 month battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Toni couldn’t let go of the ties. So, she packed them up and put them on the moving van to Tucson, Arizona where they sat back in the corner of her closet for 3 years.
While moving her vintage fabric collection to a new art studio she found the ties. That’s’ when the idea stuck to use re-claimed ties in her art and start a fund raising program to help those struggling with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Donated ties started arriving from all over the country for the project. Harry’s ties remain in the original collection and are often displayed at art events and Festivals.
Toni’s Tie Art can be found at WildChild Gallery, Matlacha Island, Florida and at art events in Arizona. For information on Toni’s Ties4ALS project and creations visit her facebook Ties4ALS fan page or www.retrogecko.wordpress.com To donate ties, or for any other needs you can reach Toni in her Tucson studio at (520) 241-0973.