Designers + Makers


We are incredibly proud to be working with so many talented designers, artists, makers, and creatives in Corpus Christi, and are pleased to be able to showcase their work on our website and in-store. If you like a design or product style here, we welcome you to contact them directly for project inquiries. 

Our belief is simple. One success leads to another and the more connected we are as a community, the easier it is to make that happen.

 

DESIGNERS

Ilavarasi Shenbagamoorthy | ila.deigns
Ila, is a freelance Graphic Designer behind ila.designs. She moved to Corpus Christi two years back from India and immediately fell in love with what the Coastal bend had to offer. She specializes in designing logos, branding, package and invitation design. She is passionate about building strong and functional brands.

Contact

(346) 404-7571
ila.designs27@gmail.com
instagram.com/ila.designs

 

Aaron Ybarra | WE KNOW FUTURE DESIGN
WE KNOW FUTURE DESIGN is a digital forward Texas based firm, specializing in brand development, lifestyle, apparel & art direction.

Contact
aaron@weknowfuture.com
www.weknowfuture.com

Garrett Huls & Adriana Garza  |  Huls Design
Founded in Corpus Christi, Huls Design is a Texas based graphic design studio with a diverse portfolio of creative projects. Adriana and Garrett provide local businesses with recognizable, consistent graphic design and look forward to providing creative services to motivated clients while building lasting relationships.

Contact
www.hulsdesign.com
create@hulsdesign.com

Nikki Riojas | Thirteen & Market
Nikki has been involved in the design industry for over 20 years with experience in design, marketing, creative direction, entrepreneurship, and teaching. She is the owner of Thirteen & Market, a home decor and gift shop here in Corpus Christi; owner of Made in Corpus Christi, LLC; and founder of the Women's Entrepreneur Society of Corpus Christi. Though a Nebraska native, she is a Texan at heart and sees the true beauty in the power of connection to make things happen. 

Contact
nriojas@13andmarket.com
www.13andmarket.com
www.madeincorpuschristi.com

 

MAKERS

Randi Hamlyn | Indigo Laine
Randi has lived in south Texas for 15 years with her husband and 2 kids. As the designer + maker behind Indigo Laine & Co, her days are filled with inspiration, leather and vintage materials. Indigo Laine & Co is a line of leather goods that is not only functional but also timeless. 

Contact
info@indigolaine.com
www.indigolaine.com

 


Samantha Thurman | Alpacas Some Wine
Alpacas Some Wine makes simple statement pieces that don’t outshine the wearer: dainty & simple is best! Hand-crafted jewelry that is modern minimalist and bohemian, using all natural stones–turquoise, rough diamonds and amethyst–and organic materials found in nature. Sam creates custom jewelry that she hopes will resonate with you!

Contact
www.etsy.com/shop/AlpacasSomeWine
AlpacasSomeWine@outlook.com

 

Ashley Seahorn | Bangle & Babe

Ashley Seahorn was born and raised in South Texas. After graduating from Texas A&M University she had various jobs in the agricultural industry in New Orleans and North Texas. She and her husband returned to South Texas in 2011 and she taught middle school science for several years. After the birth of her daughter and juggling a baby and all they require–while trying to find her keys in one too many parking lots–she developed her bracelet key ring and launched Bangle & Babe.

Contact
ashley@bangleandbabe.com
www.bangleandbabe.com

 

Elena Flores | Sew Bonita
Elena Flores is the founder and owner of Sew Bonita. She began her sewing venture in November of 2014 as a hobby after attending several classes, but for the most part is self-taught. She also likes to craft, and create things that are bright, bold, beautiful and full of shine. Elena is obsessed with every part of her Mexican culture–the food, décor, color, music, traditions and so much more. If she could, she would throw cascaron confetti everywhere she goes! Everything she sews is hecho con amor.

Contact
www.sewbonita.com
elena@sewbonita.com


Esther Kao | Eather Kao Jewelry
Esther’s background in jewelry making started when she was 5 and her grandma brought her beads from a trip to Hong Kong. Fast forward 21 years, and she was getting ready for her wedding. She had always loved making things herself, so she created necklaces for her bridesmaids to wear on her big day. This was where her journey in jewelry making kicked off.

After learning how to solder and set stones through classes and metalsmithing workshops across the country the Craft Guild of Dallas, she was hooked.

Esther’s background as an art director in advertising has also greatly influenced her designs. Today, she operates under her own brand of Esther Kao Jewelry. She is proud to say that all of her designs and jewelry are made by her two hands, from start to finish. What you see is a reflection of things she appreciates: simple shapes and clean design. 

Contact
estherkaojewelry@gmail.com
www.estherkaojewelry.com

Emily McCauley | Green Sea Designs

Emily found a love for biology and art during her master's degree studies in marine biology at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. One of her favorite classes was Marine Botany because she got to explore all our local Texas Gulf coast waters to create a marine plant herbarium. She absolutely loved snorkeling and wading through various habitats to find and identify all the different species. Many years later, she still has a passion to create and decided to start producing artfully arranged pressed algae prints, much in the same manner as she did for graduate school.

Emily is also an accomplished home decor blogger with her blog Table & Hearth.

Contact
hello@greenseadesigns.com
greenseadesigns.etsy.com

Christina O'Donnell | XOXO Soapery
XOXO Soapery was created in 2018,  but Corpus Christi native, Christina O'Donnell,  has been researching and learning about soap for years. Her background and education is in science, which she studied at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She has also studied in Business and Herbal Studies. For Christina, creating and making soaps is a meditation therapy,  and she has a great passion for it–putting her pride and soul into every bar. She uses only the highest quality products to create something wonderful for your skin and the environment. Each one is a handcrafted cold process bar made with love.

Contact
www.facebook.com/xoxosoapery

 

Heidi Thorp | North Eighty Designs
Heidi is a graphic designer (illustration, surface design, and watercolor artist), mom and military wife. Moving every couple of years from state to state, sometimes even countries, is part of what motivated hr to open North Eighty. Starting over (with everything) at each new duty station started getting a bit old, so she created a business to move with her. One less thing to worry about. :)

She got her start in the vinyl world when she worked for a sign company in 2001 on the production side of sign making. Designing was what she loved most, so she finished her degree in graphic design in 2008. She has been in and around the sign industry in some form ever since. So many years later she still loves creating graphics, art, and most recently producing vinyls with her original artwork in-house for other creatives and businesses.

Contact
northeighty@yahoo.com
www.northeighty.com

 

Erin Tagle | Gussied
In 2010, Erin Tagle ended her corporate career when her first daughter was born. It didn’t take long for her to miss her identity outside of being a stay-at-home mom. She also yearned for unique, artsy statement jewelry that couldn’t be found at big box stores. Gussied was born as a hobby (she had always been somewhat crafty) but quickly became a business once friends started buying jewelry off of her–literally. Erin left every function, Junior League meeting, and dinner without the jewelry that she walked in wearing. She started selling on Etsy, and has been featured on various blogs over the years. Fast-forward nearly a decade–with a lot of coffee–and throw a second daughter into the mix…and she’s still making every Gussied piece with her own two hands. Erin has added more “adornments” along the way, including custom designed hats, apparel, and wine glasses as well.

Contact
GussiedHandmade@gmail.com
Facebook.com/GussiedHandmade

Belinda Rocha

Belinda Rocha | Bel's Art Studio
Belinda Rocha is a Corpus Christi native, wife and mother two busy boys.  She has always had a creative side and dabbled in arts and crafts and even ran a home-based gift basket business at one time.  After working full time for many years, she recently started her own business in October and became self-employed in January as the owner of Bel’s Art Studio, a home-based business, where she creates jewelry with a variety of mixed media including mosaic jewelry. She also creates original acrylic paintings using the pouring technique.  All pieces created are handmade and one of a kind.  Belinda enjoys creating individual pieces of art and jewelry that inspire her and brings happiness to her customers.

 Contact
www.facebook.com/belsartstudio

 

Stephanie Futch | Sew Sawdust
Stephanie started Sew Sawdust, a wooden decor business, in 2018 with the support of her family. Now she shares her passion by selling her beautiful, handmade items at pop up shops around the Corpus Christi area. What began as building something for fun, grew into a small business specializing in custom handcrafted goods. 

Contact
361-249-2079
sewsawdust@gmail.com
www.sewsawdust.com


Lillian Reitz | Lillian Jean Photography

Lillian grew up in an area of Corpus Christi called Flour Bluff or just "The Bluff" to locals. As a kid, she spent as much time as possible swimming and windsurfing in the Laguna Madre. Lillian's love for photography started at an early age and was inspired by her Grandfather, William "Bill" Taylor, who took pride in documenting everyday life with his film and Polaroid cameras. After years of thinking that photography would only ever be a hobby, Lillian started her photography business, Lillian Jean Photography, as a side hustle in January 2018 and went full-time in February 2019.

Inspired by nature and personal stories, Lillian aims to capture more than just the traditional photo. She specializes in natural light photography with an emphasis on emotion, personal connections, and the little moments between poses.

Contact
www.lillianjeanphotography.com
lillianjphotography@gmail.com

 


Andrew Riojas | Milestones
Andrew founded Milestones, a Corpus Christi awards and recognition shop with a niche in high style unique signage, engraving, and custom gifts, in 2017. A Navy veteran, Andrew prides himself on producing the highest quality, original designs for customers across Texas. He and his wife Nikki have a vested interest in the success of small businesses in the community and love producing one-of-a-kind products that showcase his clients businesses in the best possible ways.

Contact
361.288.2271
andrew@milestonestexas.com
www.milestonestexas.com

Gerald Flores | Taco Gear
Born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX. Gerald is a Creative Taco-Lovin’ fool who turned a love for tacos, his culture and design into Taco Gear, a popular indie brand dedicated to tacos. Gerald’s passion has allowed him to grow his brand, create new opportunities and begin a journey into film. He’s had the opportunity to work on all kinds of film projects including many taco related documentaries. 

Contact
gerald@tacogear.com
www.tacogear.com


Rick Gallegos & Jessica Mullen | Elevated Screen Printing
Elevated Screen Printing is a local design and print shop, based in Corpus Christi, TX. A small team of two creative individuals, Rick (the graphic designer/media relations), and Jessica Mullan (the real boss, chief printer and general management.)  

Together they offer a United States online printing service and specialize in printing clothing textiles, customized branded apparel. ie. tag prints, Thermoflex Plus Vinyl, Embroidery, & Sublimation. They use high quality equipment and materials and our manual screen printing, vinyl printing and transfer printing services for textile products allows them to offer printing on almost any garment type or design needs.

Contact
www.elevatedscreenprinting.com
elevatedprintingcc@gmail.com