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Colorado artist Ellie Paisley has added another cannabis collaboration to her portfolio. In collaboration with a hemp backpack manufacturer in Colorado Springs, she creates a range of colorful bags and psychedelic pins.
The artist’s signature style can be found for a limited time in the satin interior of Dime Bags’ best-selling backpack, the Hot Box Mini Backpack, and she has also created new pins and patches for Dime Bags.
“We wanted to provide our growing female population with a unique bag and interior that they would love. Ellie Paisley’s work was the perfect art because of the feminine feel and the vibrant colors she uses. As an additional bonus, there are also small allusions here and there to the smoking side of our fan base, ”explains Timothy Felkner, CEO of Dime Bags.
As a long-time cannabis user, Paisley has been campaigning for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) for the legalization of marijuana and the rights of users since 2011. For the past decade, she has toured the country in collaboration with music festivals and galleries showcasing her cannabis-themed kaleidoscopic art.
Ellie Paisley poses with her new backpacks in the room she painted in the Denver Marijuana Mansion.
Paisley eventually settled in Boulder, and her work is also in Denver, particularly on the walls of a room in the Marijuana Mansion, the 130-year-old Capitol Hill home that was converted into an ornate, historic center for local Pot Scene and Tourists.
Their latest collaboration includes backpacks in shades of magenta and yellow, each with an odorless pocket to keep skunky hiding places hidden. Paisley’s dime bag patches and pins come in styles like melting rainbow hearts, fang flowers, and their infamous eyenapple design, which will feature in their upcoming comic book and appear later this year. (An option to purchase the full 10-piece set is available and includes a poster designed and signed by Paisley.)
“It’s just such a cool product that is particularly recyclable,” says Paisley of the biodegradable hemp material. “Not only was it fun making an interior liner print using my iconic technicolor paisley, vibrant flowers and hearts, colorful little honeybees, and my now iconic ‘apple of the eye,’ but it was exciting to have it in the popular Hot Box from Dime Bags. “
Paisley pins and patches are available from retailers across Colorado. The Hot Box Mini Backpacks are sold exclusively online.
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Hilal is a Metropolitan State University of Denver alumni with a degree in political science. She has written for Denver Life Magazine and 303 Magazine, and is the current cannabis intern for Westword.