After carrying Big White Yeti's locally beloved soy candles for the past 3.5 years, Olson House now has our own custom-scented Yeti candle!We first welcomed Big White Yeti to our shop for our first cozy party in 2016. Katie Daly Weiss has become a dear friend and this collaboration was loads of fun. The Olson House candle is an elegant blend of white birch, rosemary and blood orange. How did we even go about creating a custom scent that represents our store? We want to take you behind the scenes of our process.
Mum's is a sustainable Finnish design company that combines art and ethical production wonderfully. What started as an art project grew into a recognized brand bringing wool rugs, wall hangings, cushion covers and blankets to loving homes. The Mum's collection is fairly traded, eco-conscious and ensures sustainable incomes to artisans in South Africa, Cambodia, Bolivia and India. Outi Puro, the mum of Mum's, prides herself in making beautiful things with a beautiful story. Read more of her story in this interview.
Meet Daniel J. Wolf, a friend and art contributor of Olson House. He specializes in fluid art which is a form of abstract art whichuses acrylics with a runny consistency to create psychedelic-type paintings. Daniel's vision for his pieces are to show nature in motion. His inspiration comes from the natural world and he creates out of a love to express all that he has learned and experienced. To put it eloquently, Daniel says " nature, a vivid imagination and tinkering around is my informal education." Read our interview with Daniel J. Wolf below and get to know this curious and talented artist we love to showcase at Olson House.
Meet Nick Pennington, the friendly face behind Sugarhouse Leather Goods based here in Milwaukee, WI. Nick picked up leather good crafting as a creative outlet inspired to take the creation of leather goods back to a traditional artisan approach. Rather than relying on the precision of machines, Sugarhouse Leather products are hand-cut and hand-stitched, yielding subtle imperfections that make each piece unique. He makes leather goods ranging from wrist cuffs to journals and bar accessories all for sale at Olson House. Read about his process and favorite thing to do in Milwaukee in this feature!
Meet Emma Daisy Gertel, a maker, illustrator and designer living in Milwaukee, WI. We admire Daisy's curiosity in navigating the world around her and how her experiences have shaped her artwork. Undertones of identity with a celebration of femininity as strength are characteristic of her work—created with playful charm in an attempt to bring joy and connection to others through beauty. Select originals and prints of Daisy's work are available to buy at Olson House. We talked with Daisy to learn more about her work and lifestyle.