Meet the Marketplace No. 010
We started the Prism Boutique Marketplace Collection to keep our community connected and to introduce our customers to local artists from across the country.
We’re so excited to introduce you to the next round of independent makers featured in our Marketplace. From handmade ceramics to brand-new collabs, the thought and care that goes into each piece crafted by these artists is truly incredible.
Get to know the talented creators behind each featured brand of our new Marketplace Collection and show your support any way you can.
Long Beach, CA
Kelsy Parkhouse has had a creative streak since an early age. Her mom, aunt, and a neighbor down the street all contributed to her love of sewing. When it came time to go to college, she planned on majoring in art history, but while working towards that degree, she pursued a series of internships in the fashion industry and eventually found her calling. “I founded Carleen in May of 2012 after receiving positive reviews for my thesis collection at Pratt Institute. I also won a monetary award upon graduation that I used as the springboard for starting the brand,” says Kelsy.
Since the very beginning of her brand, Kelsy has used vintage quilts and other repurposed textiles to create her collections. “They have a history that you can feel and I love the patina and pattern. These quilts are often no longer being valued by the person selling them, so I am happy to give them new life as garments,” she says. When it comes to inspiration, most of it comes from the textiles themselves. “I also constantly turn back to art, artists, craft traditions, vintage clothing details, and utility.”
We’re so lucky to have teamed up with Kelsy to create a Prism-exclusive collection made with quilts personally sourced by our founder Dayna. “The Liner Jacket shape is a classic favorite that showcases the textiles really well and we made it slightly cropped for a youthful Long Beach vibe.”
Made Out of Water
With a background in painting and a BFA in illustration, Sev Koci has always found herself in creative jobs. “I have never been limited to one medium and love expanding my horizons,” says Sev. Before starting her brand, Made Out of Water, she worked as a graphic designer making logos and websites for other businesses while building her own on the side. She knew she enjoyed sculpting from experimenting with it in school and about two years ago felt inspired to teach herself how to make pottery for fun. “I didn’t intend for it to become my job but I’m so grateful that it did.”
Sev’s artistry is so apparent in every aspect of her process. From drawing out her ideas to hand-painting each of her pieces, she puts an immense amount of time and care into everything she creates. “Transforming clay to functional art will always be such a rewarding and beautiful process to me,” she says.
It’s easy to see where Sev gets her inspiration; the water. Her seashell mugs, her mesmerizing ocean paintings, and probably most obviously, the name of her brand; it’s in everything she does. “I find inspiration while watching the waves, admiring the colors of the ocean, sand, cliffs, and mountains,” says Sev. She continues, “The natural world is an infinite source of inspiration for me. Whenever I’m experiencing an artistic block, a trip to the beach is always the cure.”
Me-est Me Journal
Before launching Me-est Me, Shana Rehwald built her career on social media and marketing at startups, building brands like Alo Yoga and Grayson. After working in the digital space for nearly a decade, she found herself completely burnt out and ready for a change. In February 2020, she quit her job and started applying to event roles. “Then, the pandemic hit, and anything event-related was no longer on the table. Knowing I couldn’t go back to a role that was no longer aligned with me, I had to take a leap and do something completely different. This led to me eventually launching the Me-est Me Journal,” says Shana.
During the time she quit her job, Shana was also in the midst of a divorce from her ex-husband. She says, “All of a sudden the two things I identified with most—my career and my marriage—had totally shifted and I had to figure out what I wanted to do next.” She took herself on a discovery journey, talking to therapists, and journaling all the time. “After sharing that it was my life motto to be the me-est me (to show up as the most authentic version of myself in every situation and give you the space to show up that way too), a friend said ‘have you ever thought about doing some sort of programming around that?’” So she decided to create a journal to support others who might be going through similar experiences and she launched the Me-est Me Journal in March 2021.
“Launching Me-est Me gave me the confidence to trust my inner knowing, to lean into my me-est me, and to follow what feels aligned. My life has had a hard reset since 2019 and while it hasn’t been easy rebuilding, it’s been so rewarding,” Shana says. She moved from LA to Austin, TX, and has a fulfilling relationship with a new partner, a part-time job that aligns with her business, and she’s inspiring so many others to be their most authentic selves. “My goal is to get the Me-est Me Journal in the hands of as many who might need this type of support as possible. I believe that when you connect with yourself, you can get really clear on what makes you feel good, what drains you, and what kind of life you want to lead.”
Since we last collaborated with Olivia Dee of Sandstone Market, so much has changed for her as an artist. “Sandstone was a side project and has since evolved into my full-time job. I've been taking on larger projects and commissions,” says Oliva. She continues, “my technique has definitely evolved too - I've been working on perfecting my linework and making cleaner shapes & patterns, and incorporating a broader spectrum of colors into my work.”
Sandstone was born at the start of the pandemic, “you can say it was my ‘sourdough starter,’’ says Olivia. But this hobby actually stuck and evolved into something more than she dreamed of. Prior to the pandemic, she hadn’t painted in years - making her extra grateful for what more hours at home gave her, even though it still was an incredibly difficult time. “My day job kept running throughout the entirety of the pandemic, which was stressful due to exposure levels, etc. Sandstone was my way to dissociate from the reality happening every day, and focus on something I was truly passionate about.”
For this Marketplace, we teamed up with Olivia to collaborate on a collection of ornaments. Each has been hand-painted using her signature style in earthy colors ranging from warm, neutral, and washed-out pink.
We’re so excited to work with and support these makers who continually inspire us. If you’d like to get to know their work further, check out their websites and give them a follow on Instagram. And make sure you shop our Marketplace Collection.