Responsible for the fluid creativity at akela designs as well as the name, but the name is more than it appears it's multicultural presence and meaning reflects the principles of the company, meaning "Noble, Lone, and Happy" just to name a few. As a wife, nature lover and textile artist she shapes the fabric (literally) of the company by using many techniques such as hand-dying, embroidery, and hand sewing. Each item is handmade and no detail is overlooked, from the screen printed labels to making tassels she does it all. She uses her intuitive eye to create pieces as well as designing spaces for them to coexist with vintage and other handmade good.
Mark is the backbone of the Akela's creative ideas. His experiences from working at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, his time working construction and landscaping all throughout college beyond along his degree in Art Studio help set the stage to create cement wares and planters. By creating displays and props for the events he contributes greatly to the feel and aesthetic of akela designs. His eye for detail and craftsmanship is demonstrated in his pieces. He continues to grow and hone his craft in all mediums so stay tuned for more works.
A Perfect Match
Opposites in many ways this married duo always finds a happy medium. By mixing textiles with cement, wood and other materials their approach is natural, organic yet current. With their combined skills they seek to take the home good industry in a grassroots direction with the emphasis on handmade. The business is made to grow and evolve as they do.