photo Chanterelle Photography
Describe your brand/business:
catstudio is a unique design company that creates original geographical artwork with a bit of humor and nostalgia mixed into each handcrafted piece. We have the Atlanta Olympics to thank for our inspiration in creating our first two designs: Georgia and Atlanta through our apparel company, Swan Magic. In 2000, catstudio was born becoming its own brand. We started with only 10 designs (NYC, America, CA, TX to name a few) and now we have over 200 designs– all 50 states, cities, regions, International, and even the North Pole! And, after years of drawing the world, we decided to “Go Back to School” launching our Collegiate Collection, which embodies the spirit of some our country’s most beloved schools.
Our biggest hope is that our products bring joy, evoke beautiful memories, and cause a stir in your inner being for adventure and discovery. From our hand-embroidered pillows (yes, hand embroidered) to our amazing drinking glasses and dishtowels, you will find touches of hand craftsmanship in each piece. Because in our world, we believe that the human touch is the magical thread between designer, maker, seller, and buyer – and this is what gives our products their superior quality.
Such a unique name – what’s the story behind that?
“cat” is an acronym for “carmel and terrell” – our names. We went through a slew of options, but in the end, we thought simpler was better. And, it’s funny since we’re both really dog people.
What did you want to be when you grew up and how has your background influenced your work?
Carmel: I wanted to be a ballerina/artist/anthropologist/fashion designer.
Terrell: I wanted to be an explorer/lawyer/anthropologist/set designer. Thankfully all of these interests help carve out how we see the world and the art that’s inspired from it.
Favorite business tool(s)?
Books, books, books and Wikipedia of course. God Bless Wikipedia.
Where do you find inspiration?
Before either of us could walk, we began traveling the world with our families. Real. Life. Travel. And, we haven’t stopped since.
The rare day off – what do you do to unwind?
Our “nothing to do” day would start off with us sitting at the dining room table for a very late and leisurely breakfast, reading the NY Times. Also, Terrell gets lost in creating oversized, hand drawn, colored postcards for friends. Who doesn’t love a bit of cheer?
Best business advice or motivational quote?
Walk the talk- it’s the only way to get anything done. Always follow your gut. Don’t be afraid of failure- just fail fast, fail often and something good will follow. Share – we all have something to learn from each other.
Advice to your 16 year old self?
Carmel: Be true to yourself.
Terrell: Always be kind to others.
Fast and Furious – Fun Questions:
Carmel: The Trilogy Lord of the Rings totally immersed me within its covers.
Terrell: Autobiography of a Yogi and presently the Tibetan Peach Pie”by Tom Robbins
Carmel: I’ve seen it literally a hundred times, but it still remains my fave – “Auntie Mame” with Rosalyn Russell and a close second is “Big Night”. Sharing a similar theme – living life to its fullest.
Terrell: “Night on Earth” – it’s five short stories involving taxi rides in different cities around the world. It’s so funny, intelligent and a bit crazy at times. Also “Cinema Paradiso”- an Italian filmmaker recalls his childhood and the beginning of his love affair with the movies.
Carmel: Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”
Terrell: John Lennon’s “Imagine”
Carmel: Chocolate Malted with real powdered Malt.
Terrell: Vanilla Malted with double extra real powdered Malt.
Carmel: Staying in PJ’s all day long. Cashmere.
Terrell: Drawing, coloring and music with a nightcap of old movies – usually TCM.
What talent would you most like to have?
Carmel: To accompany myself on any instrument while singing on key.
Terrell: Thousands Of Them
What is your favorite occupation?
Carmel: Telling Terrell what to do.
Terrell: Drawing & Painting while listening to Music on shuffle & sometimes Carmel.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Carmel: Anything embroidered, especially by Hand.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Carmel: Minnie Mouse
Terrell: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King
What is your most marked characteristic?
Carmel: Being able to keep a secret.
Terrell: Appreciation of Others.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
Carmel: A flamenco dancing heiress saint.
Terrell: Steph Curry
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Carmel: Being happily married for 30 years!
Terrell: Figuring out how to send a group text.
When and where were you happiest?
Carmel: Here and Now.
Terrell: Now and Here.
We are so excited to collaborate with this fabulous group in the launch of our new Golden Isles design. Stay tuned for more fun!
Our very own Lisa and her dear friend Holly got to go to the Kentucky Derby this year, and we’re a little jealous. Not only did they get to witness the “greatest two minutes in sports,” but they got to take our new custom-designed, officially licensed Kentucky Derby products along for the road trip.
We had so much fun living through them as we followed their #catstudioroadtrip on Instagram. We think they both looked fabulous in their extravagant hats (and we think the mint juleps look extra tasty in those catstudio glasses.
We are so excited about the opportunity to create this custom design for the Kentucky Derby. The products are available to purchase at local retailers + our website and are in limited supply. Whether you were able to celebrate in the stands at Louisville, or were watching it at home in Texas, we hope you had a wonderful Derby Weekend. Happy Trails!