From fiber art to knitted neckwear

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Marilyn Henrion, a renowned fiber artist, also creates hand-knitted neckwear under the business name Tie Babies. You can wear these fun unisex accessories as a tie, an ascot or even a scarf. They will also make that perfect small gift.

Tie Babies was created by Marilyn Henrion, an internationally recognized fiber artist who is represented in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art. and whose fine art works are in museum, corporate and private collections throughout the world. Her passion for color, evident in all her work, is now transformed into wearable form through Tie Babies.

This hand-knitted neckwear is a comfortable and attractive alternative to jewelry and bulky scarves. Brighten up your wardrobe with tie babies…. packable, hand washable, each colorway adds a new look to your wardrobe. Match your outfit or go wild by creating unexpected color combinations! TIE BABIES are gender-neutral so, guys and gals…let your creative spirits loose! A great gift for friends too.

Yarns, including wool, cotton, bamboo, linen, viscose, and more are lovingly selected from manufacturers and hand-dying studios worldwide. Each tie is hand-made by Marilyn Henrion.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

IT ALL STARTED WHEN…

she was born in Brooklyn in 1932.  Marilyn Henrion is a life-long New Yorker and a graduate of Cooper Union. She is represented in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art. After graduating from Cooper Union in 1952, she married fellow-artist and classmate, Edward Henrion*, a marriage that lasted 64 years until his passing in 2016, and which produced four children. 

During the 1950’s and ’60’s, Marilyn and Ed were immersed in the art and literary scene of the era, attending meetings at the 8th Street Club where the abstract expressionists gathered, holding poetry salons at their Greenwich Village apartment where the “Beat” poets of the day would read from their work. Marilyn performed in Claes Oldenburg’s “Happenings” and at the newly-founded Judson Poets Theatre on Washington Square. Sunday afternoon visits to friend Joseph Cornell and babysitting by Tom and Clare Wesselmann (then students at Cooper Union) were part of their lives.

After retiring from a twenty-year career as Associate Professor/Career Counselor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1989, Marilyn was able to devote full time to her own creative life. Although she started as a painter in 1952, it was textiles that spoke to her in a way that paint never did. Upon resuming her creative work in the 1970’s, textiles became her medium of choice. Initially working in the “art quilt” genre, the labor-intensive process of hand quilting added a meditative quality to the aesthetic challenges of creating a work of art.

Over the years, Marilyn’s work has continually evolved, with a new body of work being created for a solo exhibition every two years since 1999. Her works are included in museum, corporate and private collections internationally. The current mixed media works still incorporate the textiles and hand stitching that characterized her earlier work. As an octogenarian with unflagging energy, the artist still continues to spend most of her time in the studio (when not traveling to seek new sources of inspiration).

Tie Babies was created in 2019 to capture the overflow of artist’s obsession with hand-work and color. When not engaged in creating artworks, sourcing yarns and hand-knitting these unique items takes over.