Taryn is from Pittsburgh. She studied fashion design and art therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she worked for designer Anna Sui in New York and styled films and celebrities, while assisting director David Zucker in Los Angeles. She teaches “Sustainability and the Fashion Industry” at FIDM as well as “Eco Fashion”/”Recycled Fashion” at Environmental Charter High School, Hollywood Media Arts and Youth Environmental Network Zambia in Africa. Her unique repurposed Kimono quilt can be seen on HGTV’s the Antonio Treatment; PAPER Magazine featured a tissue paper, Alexander McQueen, replica dress; and she is very proud of her R’ashion class at Environmental Charter High School for designing an Alice in Wonderland dress out of chip wrappers and juice containers. She has been featured in the movie Hot, Rich and Green and in the Huffington Post. Taryn and partner Billy Lombe are in the process of creating, R’ashion Camp Zambia, an Eco Fashion exchange camp in Zambia Africa. The purpose of the camp is to educate youth from the US and Africa how to turn waste into fashion whilst taking care of our beautiful planet.
*During Earth Week 2012 Taryn’s Eco Fashion Website, www.EcoDivasTV.com, launched the first fully greened music video “Uber Super Feeling!” shot in Zambia, Africa at Munda Wanga Botanical Garden and Los Angeles, California at Jalan Jalan Imports for Zambian pop star Kachanana. Taryn shot, directed, produced, edited and repurposed all of Kachanana’s dresses, with the help of YEN Zambia members, B2K dancers, ECHS students and the Zulu Maniacs.
Billy M. Lombe was born in Lusaka, Zambia and grew up with the passion of taking care of the environment. When he was young he planted trees and grew vegetables at his family’s home. He is now CEO of an organization called Youth Environment Network (YEN) Zambia, which he founded in 2007. Presently Billy and Taryn Hipwell are in the process of creating a camp, R’ashion Camp Zambia, that educates students in the US and Africa about the environment through Recycled Fashion.
Throughout the last 10 years Billy has dedicated himself to the issues surrounding development and environmental sustainability from the perspective of youth empowerment and community development. His academic background is based extensively in social work, promoting environmental conservation and behavior change. He has worked for various youth-oriented organizations in Zambia, Kenya and the rest of Africa as a whole…ranging from the YMCA to Habitat for Humanity to Cosmos Education to Green Warriors Movement (GWM) Kenya. Billy is also currently serving as a Southern Africa Regional Coordinator for one of the biggest youth climate change networks, African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) www.ayicc.net. In each setting, he has applied his skills to develop, implement and monitor programs geared towards engaging and empowering youth and the general community. Billy trains teachers and youth to become peer educators and active participants in the fight against environmental degradation and climate change. His current work with Youth Environment Network (YEN) Zambia has also contributed to this growth and has served to enhance his ability to work internationally in settings geared towards youth and community participation in environmental conservation matters.
Since 2008 to date Billy has been featured both on Zambian’s national TV stations, radio and print media to talk about youth, climate change and advocating on critical environmental issues. Some of Billy’s tree planting stories have also been featured on the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) website.