MacRayme by Ray
While scrolling through Instagram one day I saw some amazing macrame earrings that caught my eye! These earrings were a bit of boho mixed with A LOT of fun. The color variations are vibrant, unexpected, and very exciting! I was super stoked to learn that Macrame by Ray was a female owned and operated company. I try to post one or two female-led businesses a week on social media and talk about why I LOVE them. MACRAYME by RAY was definitely one of them.
Rachel Cope is the owner and artist for MACRAYME by RAY. Cope creates and designs earrings, accessories, and also makes beautiful wall hangings and decor. The wall hangings bring a light, airy texture to fill your space with artful macrame. Her work is intricately hand knotted in her studio using cotton rope or jute with long fringe, It boasts chic botanical patterns that you'll adore anywhere in your home. One look at her items and you will be hooked!. No pun intended!
I had the opportunity to chat with Rachel Cope the owner/artist of Macrame by Ray. Cope didn't exactly have the normal college years filled with sororities and football games. At age 18 she was diagnosed both Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Cope's college years were mixed with hospital stays and keeping up with her studies. Cope majored in creative writing at the University of Southern California and fell in love with macrame while recovering from hip replacement surgery as she searched for a hobby to pass the time. But I am happy to report that this Valentine's day she will be cancer free 5 years! Cope said, "Throughout all of that, I learned the importance of living a life you love - for me that means being creative! "
Don’t miss my interview with Rachel Cope below:
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Q: When did you first realize you wanted to pursue a career as an artist/designer?
A: I have always considered myself a creative person, and I knew fairly early that a typical 9 to 5 wasn't for me. Growing up, I expressed my creative side mostly through writing - my college essay was about using words as watercolors. At USC I majored in Creative Writing with the intention of pursuing a career in writing. I didn't discover macrame until I started looking for a project to occupy me while I recovered from a hip replacement. I was surprised to learn that I was actually quite good at it, and what started as mimicking a simple keychain I found on Pinterest, and it grew into my current business!
Q: Who or what has inspired you to create your designs?
A: I draw inspiration from a lot of different places. I love the 70’s; from the music to the clothes, and consider myself a bit of a hippie. The laidback, boho vibe that goes along with that definitely influences my designs. I also spend a lot of time scrolling through tags like #macramemovement and #macramecommunity on Instagram - there are so many fiber artists all over the world making amazing pieces right now!
Q: What would be your dream project?
A: I would love to find an outlet that combines my passions - maybe a book on macrame!
Q: Do you believe it’s important for local female business owners to support one another and why?
A: Yes yes yes! Our patriarchal society teaches women that we have to compete with each other for everything from jobs to spouses to who has the most Instagram followers. I strongly believe that stems from an intentional effort by the powers at be to keep us divided, because when women come together big things happen! I’m lucky to be surrounded by strong, unique, all around awesome Girl Bosses in both my business and personal life.
Q: What can we look forward to in the future?
A: I'm hoping to launch my website in the next few months, but for now all purchases can be made by messaging me on Instagram or Facebook.