Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Gilbreth.
Hi Emily, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Not really sure why I started tie-dyeing. I think I started seeing stuff on Instagram. But I’m originally from Texas, I moved here to help start my professional golf career. Covid shut the national tour I was competing on down for most of 2020. Some injuries I was trying to rehab weren’t getting any better, so I made the decision earlier this year to step away and get a full-time job. Tie-dyeing has been with me through all of that. I enjoy learning about it, practicing and watching myself getting better. All the things I used to get out of working on my golf game.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I mean, yes and no. I have been doing this on and off for the past two years. I still at the stage where every new order is challenging and exciting. Most of my orders are custom orders where the person has a specific color scheme already in mind. I use my knowledge of fabric processing and tie-dye techniques to bring it to life. I mostly create golf towels and golf accessories, but I can dye mostly anything as long as it’s cotton.
A recent customer asked for a fourth of July themed towel to match his red-white and blue golf bag. I also created ten pieces to give as gifts for a girl’s trip to Florida. I made everyone their own custom shirt, five in total, and two tote bags and two pairs of socks to give to our hosts.
It’s definitely a challenge to fulfill larger orders when it’s just myself. Tie-dyeing, even a couple of pieces, can be pretty labor-intensive. I mix all of the fabric dye I use and I have to process the fabric a certain way to get the dye to stick. As well as tying the fabric in the specific pattern. Once that’s done, I put down the dye and then wait. It can take anywhere from one to five days, just depending on the look I’m going for. But the best part after waiting is washing everything out. I never know what is going to look like until it’s done.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I want to be known for tie-dyeing golf accessories. It’s cathartic for me to see so many people now taking a liking to golf, taking it casually and having fun. It’s helping me reevaluate my relationship to the game. I love seeing people’s reactions to my work and seeing my towels in the ‘wild’. I feel like I’m still getting to take part even if I can’t swing a club right now.
- Towels $35
- Hoodies $45
- T-shirts $25
- Socks $12
- Long Sleeves $32
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: prismdyes.com
- Instagram: @prismdyes