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Friendor Friday: Eikoh Design Studio

I am SO excited to have such a unique Friendor on the blog today!! Jaime, from Eikoh Design Studio has the coolest title ever….she’s a sandblaster!! What?! I thought it would be so awesome to feature someone with such a unique and specific craft. If anyone is looking for the perfect gift – be it for bridal showers, baby showers, wedding gift, or just to tell someone you are thinking of them – look no further. You won’t get any more unique or personalized than what Jaime does.

When Jaime approached me about contributing some personalized glass pieces to our styled shoot, I was thrilled and honored! We met up at a Tuesdays Together before the shoot, and her personality was so wonderful – kind, graceful, and cheerful – I just knew she was going to be the perfect addition to our shoot. And I was right!! Her glassware totally took our glassware up a notch! They added such a delicate sophistication, not too mention a unique piece that no one could ever see anywhere else, since each piece is hand-made! Plus, not only were Jaime’s sandblasting skills out of this world – but so were her reflector-holding skills 😉 But seriously – Jaime came early to the shoot, helped me stuff gift bags for everyone, helped with set up, held light reflectors, grabbed last-minute items (like something to put IN the glasses….a detail I should have been on top of, but completely spaced!!), and kept a smile on her face the whole day. I feel like I couldn’t do another styled shoot without her because her presence made the whole day that much better! I loved finding more out about her story, her studio, and her vision for her glass! Meet the artist behind Eikoh Design Studio!

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How did you get started in your business?
I like to say that my business was a “happy accident!” I didn’t plan to start a business, but rather it just happened out of a desire to gift something more unique and personal than diapers and wipes, to some friends having a baby. After struggling to find a gift that fit the bill, I decided to create my own gift, began designing, and LifeSquare was born! And, in the Fall of 2014, I (semi-unofficially) launched Eikoh Design Studio.

To give you some background, let’s rewind … I fell in love with art early in life and over the years, my love for art blossomed into crafting (thanks Mom!), photography and graphic design. Thanks to a very inspirational high school teacher, I knew in 10th grade what I wanted to be “when I grew up,” and attended Virginia Tech to pursue Graphic Design. After graduation, I started my design career in Baltimore and worked as an in-house designer for many years. I jump-started Eikoh Design Studio while working full-time, and as of last fall I’m excited to say I am taking the business full-time, along with freelance graphic design.

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Lindsay Caplan Photography

Everyone asks how I got into sandblasting, and it’s a fun connection! My husband Brian, who owns a commercial glass company, was working on a custom sandblasting project at the same time I was designing the gift for our friends’ new baby. It was because of my husband’s work project that I decided to incorporate sandblasting into my design. After he asked me for a few days what I was doing, the project just came together. I surprised Brian with the result—and even myself! —and I was excited to see my vision come to life!
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Photo by Love Ya Jess

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Ashton Kelley Photography

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Ashton Kelley Photography

So, surprisingly enough, my product line didn’t start with stemware and glassware, but it was actually the other way around. These items seemed to naturally follow the LifeSquare in the way of special & unique personalized pieces, for engagement, wedding, birthday or anytime gifts. This year I’m expanding the product line to include new glassware styles, custom mirrors, song lyric LifeSquare’s—perfect for your first dance or other special song—and more!

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Oh, and the name….Eikoh (pronounced ee-koh) is “Hokie” spelled backwards. The Hokie Bird is the Virginia Tech mascot {GO HOKIES!}

 

How would you describe your style?

Eikoh Design Studio offers handcrafted gifts for home, life and love. I specialize in beautiful & modern custom hand-sandblasted glassware. I live for good, modern, and minimalistic design. My design style, even in print, has always been “minimalistic.” I prefer, clean, beautiful lines, and this can be seen throughout the designs in my shop. It’s been fun to take my love for graphic design from paper to glass!

I sandblast each piece by hand, and this process offers a greater range of depth, is permanent and leaves an upscale etched finish that will not fade or change overtime.

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Nichole Meredith Photography

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Kaitie Bryant Photography

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Kaitie Bryant Photography

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Kaitie Bryant Photography

How do you stay inspired? What do you do when you are in a creative rut?

I am inspired by everyday things like wine bottle labels, packaging, typography, sunrise, sunsets and rainbows. I am also inspired by the couples I work with, or my clients that design a special gift with me for someone they love.

Sometimes it can be hard to stay inspired…and when it does, I will take a break, often flip through a local wedding magazine or look back at photographs from past styled shoots. I make sure my schedule includes a meet-up or work session with a fellow creative or friend, to break up the week. I also love learning new things, and am excited to learn the art of letterpress this weekend!

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Lauren Werkheiser Photography

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Ashton Kelley Photography

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Red October Photography

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What is your favorite part about your work?

Hands down, creating unique, customized and personalized one-of-a-kind gifts that can be gifted to family, friends or used at your special occasion! I also enjoy working on styled shoots with creatives near and far, and these collaborations often inspire and push me to create new designs. Aside from the actual work, it’s been fun, as well as rewarding, to connect with local creatives and other small business owners. I love meeting new people, and learning how others got started in their businesses.

Photography by Nikki Schell

Photography by Nikki Schell

Photography by Nikki Schell

Photography by Nikki Schell

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Lauren Werkheiser Photography

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How do you love to serve your clients?

I LOVE working on custom orders, and I work one-on-one with clients to design their perfect gift. Clients can choose from pre-designed art to personalize, or work with me to create a custom design. They have a direct line of communication with me throughout the ordering and design process, and each personalized order includes a proof so the customers can sign-off on their order before production.

I take great pride in my work, and each piece is carefully handcrafted from design through production and shipping! All of my gifts can be completely personalized to tell a unique story for your occasion. My products are made with love in Baltimore, Maryland—but ship nationwide! I hope that brides, grooms, and giftee’s alike find the process smooth and enjoyable.

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Red October Photography

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Sarah Beth Photography

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Ashton Kelley Photography

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Red October Photography

If you had one tip for a bride, what would it be?

Wow, it sure is hard to pick just one tip … but since I’m sure you already know to take time to eat & enjoy yourself, here’s one that’s a little more unique. Create (or recreate) your bouquet in silk to to hold on to the beautiful memory of your bridal bouquet…it won’t ever wilt!

sandblasting-wedding-glassware-jaime-eikoh-design_0028I contacted my florist (JJ Cummings Floral) after returning from my honeymoon, and he was more than willing to help. My replica bouquet is on display in our home, it travels with me to bridal events, and often makes an appearance in my product photography!

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