Truth be told, we first noticed them because they were wearing wellies.
"They" being Josie and Nicole.
Better known to you at next summer as Pipe & Holly.
After the boot envy subsided, their product took center stage. Hanging from a clothing line and piled high on tables were a wide range of playful, unique images that had been hand-carved and printed on children's clothing and linen napkins. We ended up being particularly fond of the locally-inspired images: sail boats, jockey silks and thoroughbred race horses.
As for Josie and Nicole, a creative business together has always been in the works.
The two attended undergraduate school together at Sage College of Albany as ceramic sculpture students and then continued on in the graduate art education program. Upon graduation, both became art education teachers. (Josie teaches high school art at Corinth Central Schools and Nicole is a middle school art teacher at Ballston Spa Middle School.)
This summer they took the big leap and launched Pipe & Holly, a block print company.
To take a step back into the world of hand crafted goods with a touch of modern flare.
That's a concept we at next summer can get behind.
With the school year in full-swing, both Josie and Nicole are back in the classroom; luckily, their products are still available at next summer in Saratoga and Bolton Landing.