Creativity abounds in Richmond. Those like Dana Gibson, Sarah Wiley of Huger Embroidery, and our Artists in Residence impress us with their talent and the ability to translate it into commercial success. Along this same vein comes Susan Stanley Sprinkle, whose Reprotique line of decorative wares we are delighted to spotlight today.
Reprotique ~ the beauty of classic traditions in fine art and design with an elegantly modern twist
Susan has been in the art and antique business for years, having started in New York City with an antiques booth at Center 44 in the mid-1980’s. She opened Stanley Fine Art in 2009 in Richmond at the corner of Granite and Grove Avenues,
specializing in 18th and 19th century fine art and antiques.
After reproducing a historic map of Richmond that she owned in this decorative gallery style,
she knew she was on to something when reorders kept flooding in from customers and designers.
Soon Susan realized that the original art in her private collection could be translated to a modern aesthetic and began investigating how to reproduce the look from antique to modern decor. Using an escutcheon from a piece of antique furniture
for her pattern, she fashioned this sconce shield in acrylic
and brought it to the Atlanta gift show. Savvy designers snapped them up, and Reprotique was born. National publications have discovered Reprotique,
The Line Expands
Susan has expanded Reprotique to include
and the stunning brass curtain rings, which I have seen carried by fine retailers.
An Impressive Design and Production Process
The process of designing and producing the products is as impressive as the items are beautiful and distinctive. Susan is committed to using local and regional craftsmen when at all feasible. The acrylic cutting, framing, printing are done locally, as is her jewelry designing. These distinctive and deliciously scented soaps
are hand-poured in South Richmond by the Richmond Soap Studio to fit Reprotique’s gilded acrylic soap dishes.
Susan’s embrace of modern technology has impressed us the most. She uses 3D scanning and printing for her soap molds. Today’s digital printers help her reproduce her original art in different color ways, which she then repackages as acrylic panels. Alison and I were fascinated with her diligent sourcing of craftsmen, tapping into her 30 years of contacts in the industry to put her ideas into production.
As mentioned earlier, art in Susan’s private collection serves as the springboard to her au courant designs. Works from John Savery’s 1803 British Sketchbook
Susan has reproduced this 19th century Chinese watercolor panel
hanging in her living room into pairs of acrylic wall panels in different colorways:
and original ochre.
We are thrilled to help Susan celebrate the rebranding of Stanley Fine Arts to Reprotique on Wednesday, November 11th.
Susan would love for you to stop by Reprotique and see her eye-catching products, which are suitable for a variety of gracious interiors.
We wish her all the best as she joins the ranks of Richmond’s best designers now on the national radar.
November 2, 2015