Friday, March 16, 2012

From Art to Table...and More: Coastal Eco Decor from Wabisabi Green

FROM ART TO TABLE...AND MORE: COASTAL ECO DECOR FROM WABISABI GREEN -- We'd like to say that "she sells shells by the seashore," but that wouldn't be quite true -- however Jolee Pink does sell some fabulous eco-friendly home decor items from the seaside town of Encinitas, California through her company Wabisabi Green that she founded because of her love for the Pacific Ocean, its abundant sea life and the casual California coastal lifestyle that she enjoys to the max. Pink started her career as a graphic designer and eventually turned to working in clay as a way of expressing the natural environment in ceramic objects infused with a fun, organic appeal.  Around 2008 she began producing textiles for throw pillows which were designed especially for her modern ocean-themed living room (which ended up being featured in San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyle magazine!).  It was only a natural next step for Pink to create more items for the home and garden -- including placemats, napkins, napkin rings and ceramic tile art, sculptures and outdoor table art furniture. Pink uses organic cotton, hypoallergenic ecofiber, natural Kapok fiber and water-based inks -- plus she purchases from U.S. based suppliers with a sustainable approach to manufacturing and all her products are handcrafted in Southern California. But what we like best are the bright colors, bold graphics and playful charm that conjures up the sea in a modern, yet timeless way! The Blue Fish napkins and placemats shown here are our favorites -- making us want to throw a seafood dinner party for no reason at all other than to just enjoy the vibrant blue and white design that Pink has created.  And other sea creatures -- crabs, sea horses, rock shrimp, jellyfish, sea turtles and sand dollars -- are found in the tabletop and throw pillow offerings as well (not to mention the Happy Crab napkin rings and the Blue Fish spoon rests).  Plus, the company sells reusable "paper" towels made from organic Fair Trade cotton and reusable shopping bags -- and sponsors the Coastal Community Foundation "Healthy Day" fund which provides nourishing snacks to underprivileged school children.  On top of all this, the company is behind the upcoming Encinitas Foodie Fest on June 23, 2012 which will celebrate local artisanal and sustainable foods and eco-friendly gourmet-related products!  Amazing for a lady who was simply in love with the sea and wanted to share this love with others.  Such is the power of a vision and a passion! 
Foodie Fest:
All images courtesy Wabisabi Green