Ynot Imagine (Ynot = Tony backwards) began with the words all husbands dread hearing. “Honey, can you make this?”
It all started just before Thanksgiving of 2012. We were headed to visit friends for the holiday and we knew we wouldn’t see them before Christmas, and wanted to take gifts with us. Upon seeing a wire tree on etsy in the $800 range, the question came up….”Honey, can you make this?”
Honey (Tony) made 4 trees, 1 for each family we were to spend Thanksgiving with, as well as 1 for us to keep. We realized that people really liked the trees, so more were made for Christmas gifts that year. That Spring, Tony began making fairy houses and then in June of 2013, we did our first event.
We were blown away at how well it was received, and we booked more events, winning Best in Show at our 2nd event, Everybody’s Day in Thomasville, NC. From then on, we booked as many events as we could, winning Honorable Mention in The Barbecue Festival of Lexington, NC that year.
About Ynot Imagine
At first, Val helped with all the administrative duties, but in the Spring of 2014, branched out and learned to make trees (pun intended) that were smaller than anything we’d done before, and that’s when Ynot Imagine’s wearable art line began, with necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. This inspired the addition of “tree chains" (key chains) and Christmas tree ornaments. And that’s how Ynot Imagine began.
We have added our children to the mix, (20 and 18) with Tori taking over some of the administrative duties and Dylan helping with prepping the materials we use. What started as a Christmas gift has turned into a family business. We are truly blessed.
About Fibonacci Sequence
The Fibonacci Sequence is the series of numbers:
0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, ...
The next number is found by adding up the two numbers before it.
The 2 is found by adding the two numbers before it (1+1)
Similarly, the 3 is found by adding the two numbers before it (1+2),
And the 5 is (2+3),
and so on!
Example: the next number in the sequence above is 21+34 = 55
This sequence is used throughout the entire universe and is replicated in all creation. The rose opening in slow motion, or the complex spirals of a sunflower head, or the simplicity of a conch shell or the inner ear of the human body...all are examples of the Fibonacci Sequence. This sequence inspired Tony's original creation of the trees, and this mathematical principle is what continues to be the what allows us to mimic nature.
We use our bodies as measuring devices (primers) and the principle of Fibonacci to create art that is inerrantly a unique, one of a kind Ynot Imagine original.
Tony being a North Carolina native, and our family living here for over 20 years, we believe that North Carolina is one of the most beautiful states in our country. There is so much by which to be inspired, from the majestic Smoky Mountainsto the west to the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean to the east. And trees everywhere. Tall and strong, able to stand through the wind and rain, reaching up into a Carolina blue sky.
God’s artwork in its infinite perfection can never be matched, but imitation is the best form of flattery. Our art is inspired by nature, by all that God created, so we use mostly natural elements such as metal, rock, wood, seeds, pinecones, and moss, as well as recycled and repurposed materials.
Our trees are twisted using nature...the Fibonacci sequence. Just as nature uses this mathematical sequence in a rose, a snail, the inner ear, a sunflower...a tree...it is used in our creations.
All art is original and hamdmade with no power tools. No piece will ever be the same as another, they each have their own personalities and characteristics.
We hope you will enjoy our imagination and the pieces we create from it. Imagination is limitless.