We are a collective of one person; "Atlas". Also known as Tyler, I have been involved in fiber arts (or some art) for most of my life. It all started as a child, with a mother who is a weaver/spinner. Hence, we had sheep and I learned to feed them. Simple, first step. From Annabelle and R2-D2 (*MY* sheep) I saw afghans made, and soon began to participate.
I learned to sew and to weave, and somewhere along the way picked up other tidbits of information and crazy techniques that have lead me to the abilities I own today. If you combine these talents/abilities with my view of "the world around me" and my eye for found object use, you get the products you see here.
I first discovered reclaimed rubber as a fabric, through my sister. She had acquired a handbag made from inner-tube, while on her adventures, but wanted more. I had a vision and I made her a bag. She has the very first Twylyte Hour bag actually. It was a bag I had purchased at the thrift store and replaced the vinyl with rubber, using even the original piping.
So, now I have all this left over inner-tube and nothing to do with it. Over time, and through necessity, I found that it could be everything from straps to be used in a similar way to those you would use from leather, to ears on a Batman costume. I learned massive amounts about this fabric and ways it can be manipulated or shaped and stitched. I returned to handbags, and everything I thought I could create.
Armed with some free time and my beloved sewing machine arsenal, I set to work. I came out with a bag, a friend “LOVE”d it, and made me sell it to her. Sale one, and an open door to a possibly viable product. Step two make a second bag….etc etc etc. And so it started. I have found, and am finding many more ways to use this unique and environmentally sound fabric. Now I have moved to everything I think I cannot create. I have moved from handbag builder to inner-tube artist by following my vision of creativity and inspiration combined with a healthy dose of puzzle solving. I am always thinking about the next thing I may try.
We strive to be a company that not only manages it's footprint on the planet, but makes a positive impact. We are always looking for new ways to make our business "greener". From our basic materials to our web hosting service, we are paying attention to the finer details while not ignoring the larger ones.
I am open to ideas and commissioned pieces based on those that are already presented to you here. Just because we do not respond immediately does not mean we are ignoring you. It means that we are working the job that pays the bills, being an only parent, or sitting behind the sewing machine. Shoot, we may even be out having some fun amongst the rest of you, so keep your eyes out for that guy with the rubber stuff.