If you follow interior design magazines or blogs, you undoubtedly have seen the work of RVA’s own Dana Gibson. Her work pops up here, there and everywhere (i.e. One Kings Lane). It will even make an appearance at THINK PINK sans Dana who now only has time for the mega-trade shows in New York, Atlanta and High Point. While she will be represented at THINK PINK by Anne Taylor, she graciously agreed to let The Gracious Posse photograph her studio and local showroom outlet located on Horsepen Road and talked to us about her creative process and the business of design.
Dana started her decorative arts business as Moses Spring 19 years ago.
After encouragement from her family (including sister Sarah Gibson Wiley of Huger Embroidery, another THINK PINK vendor) and friends, she reverted to using her maiden name Gibson, of the Gibson Girl and Charles Dana Gibson (her great grandfather) fame. Her first designs consisted of smaller floral ceramics
perfect for the English country look then so popular, especially in Richmond.
As decorating tastes have evolved to a less fussy look, so too have Dana’s designs.
She seamlessly moved into metal tole
urns and lamps,
picture frames. How amazing is this
pagoda lantern hanging in her studio?
Now her designs include painted fabrics
(Designers are crazy for this tiger pillow cover.) Dana expects upcoming licensing deals to include wallpaper and rugs.
Dana’s showroom in RVA
includes current and former collections, as well as seconds, and fronts her studio where she designs her creations that are then manufactured and hand-painted in India.
The building also serves as her warehouse fulfillment center.
We are delighted that Dana Gibson’s designs will be part of our vendor showcase for THINK PINK. Many of the vendors are donating door prizes, and Dana is no exception. Two of her travel bags (the pink ones on the right above) will be included on Friday night. We sure hope that we will see you there: please let us know if you are coming.
October 23, 2013