In each issue of Paprika Southern, we identify three emerging or established makers, artists, entrepreneurs, or creatives to profile in our Creative South feature. This feature was conceived of as a way to share the stories of the creatives who are doing amazing things in our region. Through this feature we have had the opportunity to meet and connect with so many exciting and creative souls. Makers are where our hearts are, and this feature is a huge part of what fuels Paprika Southern.

Below please find a guide to all the individuals and businesses profiled in Creative South in 2019, complete with links to their websites as applicable. This is a great resource all year round to explore southern makers, and with the holidays approaching, we think it’s also a great resource for holiday shopping!

Speaking of holiday shopping ;), we recently opened pre-orders for our Winter 2019 issue. You can pre-order or become a subscriber to reserve your copy now. 


Now, on to the makers!

Click on a photo or maker name to visit their website.

julu | artist

As seen in Paprika Southern Spring 2019 Issue

Written by Hadley Passela / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

Following in the footsteps of her mother, who graduated from the first class at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Juliana Lupacchino received a B.F.A. in Fibers from SCAD in 2017.  She is now forging her own path with profound strides as an emerging local painter and muralist in Savannah.

Juliana exudes a wide-eyed joy which emanates from the colors and patterns she is creating in her murals. What is so special about her work is that she never expected to be a painter and muralist, but developed her aesthetic through a thirst to remain creative after graduating.  


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natty michelle paperie | stationery & gifts

As seen in Paprika Southern Spring 2019 Issue

Written Bevin Valentine Jalbert / Photographed by Izzy Hudgins

For lovers of all things local wanting to show off their hometown pride, Natty Michelle Paperie is a treasure trove. Owner Natalie Kilgore has populated her online shop with mugs, greeting cards, art prints, notepads, and more, that proudly display maps and skylines of southern cities, alongside keychains and pencils bearing emblems like “Feminist” and “Southern as a Georgia Peach.”

Natalie creates her illustrations from her home studio in Athens, GA. Many of her early products were inspired by her adopted hometown.


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Ana Barragan | sunglasses designer

As seen in Paprika Southern Spring 2019 Issue

Written by Jessica Leigh Lebos / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

The future’s so bright for artisan Ana Barragan, she’s gotta wear shades. 

Fortunately, she has plenty of stylish frames to choose from: Ana is the creator of her own eponymous line of wooden sunglasses in every shape, from traditional aviators to contemporary Jackie O’s, to retro cat-eyes. The exquisite accessories stand out in a crowd and in the last year have caught the eye of fashion influencers in Savannah and beyond.  


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gunner’s daughter | maritime accessories

As seen in Paprika Southern Summer 2019

Written by Bevin Valentine Jalbert / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

Erin Findlay’s journey has taken her from Saint Simons Island, to Savannah, to New York City, and now, back to Savannah, and each step of the way is infused into the artwork that adorns the bags, scarves, and beach towels she designs as the owner and creative force behind her company, Gunner’s Daughter.

After graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in fashion design in 2012, Erin moved to New York to work in the fashion world. There, she discovered a love of accessory design, and, when damages from Hurricane Sandy shut down her workplace, she began designing the bag that would eventually become her signature Wallabout bag.


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bread is good | pop-up bakery

As seen in Paprika Southern Summer 2019

Written by Hannah Moseley / Photographed by Monica Farber

It's a sleepy Sunday morning in Atlanta's Cabbagetown neighborhood. The brunch-goers have yet to leave their beds. But outside Brother Moto Coffee, a crowd is coalescing. They're here for the cinnamon roll pop-up, but it might be more accurate to say they're here for Sarah Dodge.

A self-described "rogue" baker, Sarah left the restaurant world in 2017 to focus on baking really good, French-style, preservative-free bread. 


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design by vu | ceramics

As seen in Paprika Southern Summer 2019

Written by Hadley Passela / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

An airy breeze blows through Trang Vu’s pottery studio on Savannah’s Whitemarsh Island.  As a professional interior designer, Trang has created an architecturally savvy space for her kiln and pottery wheel in her garage. Her pottery wheel faces out to the sights and sounds of her neighborhood where she spends hours honing her artistic talent creating clay ceramics. 

Trang and her family moved from Melbourne, Australia, to Savannah four years ago. To avoid feeling homesick and to engage with the community, Trang enrolled in a pottery workshop at Savannah’s Clay Spot and immediately became hooked by the hands-on elements of throwing clay.  When viewing her perfectly shaped plates and bowls with vibrant hand-painted colors, one would assume she was born to be a ceramicist. 


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red clover | retail entrepreneurs

As seen in Paprika Southern Fall 2019

Written by Hadley Passela / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

When it comes to fashion, there is nothing like the whimsical feeling of playing dress-up with a best friend. This is the feeling that comes over you when you step into one of the three Savannah clothing boutiques—Red Clover, Harper, and Arrowleaf—owned by Leah Lancaster Riffle and Thu Tran-Litts. It’s hard to pass any of their boutiques without being drawn into the visual storyline created by their charming window displays. Inside there is a charm-meets-chic vibe, and Leah and Thu's warm, attentive customer service engenders an insatiable desire to want to touch and buy absolutely everything.


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13 secrets | jewelry designer

As seen in Paprika Southern Fall 2019

Written by Blair Wagner / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

“How does one bridge the gap between fashion and fine jewelry?” This is the question that Chad Crawford asked himself before deciding to pursue his dream of owning a jewelry store. Chad’s answer to this question inspired 13 Secrets Jewelry Gallery.

“I really wanted to create something different in the sense that you bridge all the categories of jewelry,” says Chad. “These are pieces that you’re not going to find even in larger cities.”


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grace graffiti | home decor

As seen in Paprika Southern Fall 2019

Written by Bevin Valentine Jalbert / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

Whitney and David Herndon’s maker story is a classic one. When the couple were renovating a house in their chosen hometown of Brunswick, GA, Whitney found herself wanting things for the home she couldn’t find available for purchase. When they made the items themselves, other people would see them and want them as well.

From these beginnings, Whitney and David have built a thriving online retail and wholesale business, with customers ranging from individuals to large corporations. They particularly enjoy working with smaller boutiques to create custom products. 


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love & moxie | handcrafted accessories

As seen in Paprika Southern Winter 2019

Written by Anthony Garzilli / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

They are living in the now, surrounded by bright colors and immersed in art classes and tote bags and trinkets and mini bags and coasters and tasseled keychains.

Renée and Danielle White, the mother-and-daughter duo of LOVE & MOXiE, are poring everything into each day because spending valuable time together is essential.


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elon wick | candle maker

As seen in Paprika Southern Winter 2019

Written by Bevin Valentine Jalbert / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

The indelible sensation of scent and childhood memory is behind every candle that Elondia Harden creates. Fragrances like Georgia Peach, Southern Holiday, and Red Ginger Saffron populate ElonWick Candle Co.’s inventory, and Elondia is fascinated by the process of creating a fragrance.

“I’ve always been in love with fragrances,” she says, recalling the potpourri, incense, and fragrance sprays her parents and grandparents used during her childhood. Embedded in the concept of ElonWick is the belief that scent, particularly scent created with toxin-free materials, transforms the atmosphere in a house into a healthy home.

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some kinda good | food writer

As seen in Paprika Southern Winter 2019

Written by Bevin Valentine Jalbert / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

After blogging for eight years, writing a regular food column for a local paper in Statesboro, GA for nearly as long, and competing on The Taste and Food Network Star, Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser’s next step was a book.

Rebekah, a culinary school graduate who also works full-time in marketing and PR, has a talent for writing and storytelling that dovetails with her passion for food and cooking.

Continue reading in Paprika Southern Winter 2019