For Philip and Courtney Mason, the husband and wife team behind Studio Jellyfish, a line of hand-painted shoes and handbags, their work is a love affair with art and all things fashion.
The couple, who have lived and worked together 24 hours a day for the past five years, met when Courtney interned for Philip’s former visual development studio, Design Council. “We fell in love immediately,” Philip says. “It was just kismet, love at first sight, and there was just no way around it.”
After tying the knot last June, the Masons decided to get out of the Web design business to focus entirely on their art, and the fine art accessories were a natural progression for the pair. “We have a super-strong background in graphic design and a dire love for fashion,” Philip says. “Our biggest point has been to emphasize and take all the skills that we’ve learned over the past 12 years and put them toward our business.”
And the brand is starting to generate some major buzz. Online orders have come in from Saudi Arabia, India, Ireland and the UK, as well as closer to home. At a recent event at the Detroit Artists Market, a woman came up to Courtney, who was wearing a pair of the painted shoes, and demanded to know where Courtney had found them, since she was planning on ordering a pair for herself.
“I think what we’re doing is kind of cool, because everybody loves buying a painting and owning art. But I think it’s fun that I could have art on my shoes or my handbag and walk around with it,” Courtney says, explaining the so-far overwhelmingly positive response to the brand’s offerings. “What’s cooler than being able to wear your art around?”