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Creative South: Moss & Marsh

This interview with Candace Brodmann of Moss & Marsh originally appeared in the Winter 2016 issue of Paprika Southern. Since the time of that interview, Candace has moved the Moss & Marsh headquarters to an expanded studio location where she now produces her screen prints in-house. She has added three new prints to her line, including the most recently launched early this year, her Monstera print, and she plans to release an Oysters print this spring. Additionally, there is a home collection in the works, set to to debut June 1. The Moss & Marsh product line is now carried by 24 retailers, spanning geography from Georgia to Alaska, and this summer Candace plans to showcase Moss & Marsh at Americas Mart in Atlanta for the first time. In addition to her own tireless work and dedication, Candace also cites the countless relationships she’s built with other makers and creatives in the community as a vital part of growing a handmade business. Moss & Marsh will celebrate its third anniversary this April.

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Moss & Marsh

Owner: Candace Brodmann, Savannah, GA

Written by Ageda Machuca / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

“It would be great if we had this.” A common phrase both Candace Brodmann and her husband would say often during their first year of parenthood. Like most first-time parents, parenthood brought on many new challenges and sometimes, Candace says, “you [just] figure things out.” 

That is exactly what Candace did. She would head to her sewing room and sew up essential must-have items that she found were necessary for any parent. Eventually this practice led to an assortment of eleven products that would begin her journey as a mom-preneur.

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Candace, Founder and Creative Director of Moss & Marsh, graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in textiles, giving her the foundation that she needed to begin her multi-functional, baby product collection.

From sewing, designing, and printing each product on her own, this mom-preneur has kept the ball going and still manages to juggle all roles. This labor of love process is what gives Moss & Marsh the handmade quality appeal that her customers have come to appreciate with each item. She saw a niche in the community and began product testing at baby showers and with each piece of feedback she would refine her products.

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It’s no wonder that her passion and drive has led to the success of her business. She enjoys what she is doing and is excited to be able to share these functional products with other moms. Although her business just took off in April, website sales have more than doubled in the following months. She shares, “It's really cool how God isn't giving me too much. It's not growing outside my means and that's exciting and I can handle it.” 

Although life as a businesswoman has been filled with sacrifices and challenges, Candace gets excited with every order she receives and it means a lot to her to know that “someone [she doesn’t] know supports [her business].” As for what the future holds, she envisions herself in her own home studio that will employ other stay-at-home moms and possible room for a toddler and even a maternity line. In the end, her goal for Moss and Marsh is to be the go-to business for functional baby products that will make parenting life easier. 

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See the full article about Candace Brodmann of Moss & Marsh in print with an order of the Winter 2016 issue of Paprika Southern. This issue also features enchanting winter fashion in a cotton field, recipes designed for winter comfort, an interview with the founders of Brackish Bow Ties, and much more.

Paprika Southern is a quarterly publication dedicated to inspiring creativity and intention in everyday life. In our pages you will find lush visuals and thoughtful writing, as well as a commitment to inclusivity. We offer a curated view of the most innovative creatives, trends and art of the South, and we invite you to join our journey.

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One Dress, Three Events

This post was originally published on paprikasouthern.com in February 2016. It is being reposted now due to the implosion of our old blog content during the Great Website Meltdown of 2018 :) -BVJ

One Dress, Three Events

Written by Kara Speckhals / Photographed by Siobhan Egan / Clothing Provided by Harper

One Dress: Styled for Networking Event

Welcome to the new fashion blog with Paprika Southern! I am so excited to share some tips and tricks I use on a daily basis to help my clients gain confidence with their personal style choices. Starting out we’re chatting about making the most of what you already own. We chose one dress and challenged ourselves to be able to wear it for three different occasions: a networking event, brunch with our friends and date night. See how we did below!

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We started with a classic white button down and comfortable black leggings under the dress and added some professional accessories.

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Flats are great for networking events when you will likely be on your feet for a few hours. Shoes are a great way to express a little of your own style while still looking professional. Our work bag can go straight from the office to the networking event while holding all of our essentials.

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Not only are these pockets adorable, but they make it so convenient to stash your phone or business cards.

One Dress: Styled for Brunch with Friends

Brunch with your friends is a great way to relax and your outfit can reflect exactly that. We took the same dress we used for networking and put together an outfit for a casual morning.

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A jean jacket is a great staple to have in your wardrobe as it goes with so many different outfits and instantly gives your outfit a casual vibe. We threw one over this dress so we could sit comfortably outside for brunch with friends.

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To go with our casual look, we added a day bag to fit all we the items we need (as we’re probably running errands before or after brunch!) Our sandals are in the same color tones as the rest of our outfit which make them the perfect addition.

We topped the outfit off with this long necklace for a pop of color. Adding just a few accessories, like this necklace, helps make your outfit look more thought out and put together.

One Dress: Styled for Date Night

For our third event we wanted to take this dress and elevate it for a night on the town.

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One way we jazzed up this dress for date night was by adding a faux fur vest. Not only does this help keep us warm during a chilly night, but it also brings the whole look of the dress to a new level.

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By belting the vest over the dress, we are able to maintain the shape of the dress.

We put on some of our fancy jewelry pieces, a small purse and a pair of heels. Done and done: date night!

The reason this dress worked so well to be styled for different events is because it is a neutral color and a classic shape. This allowed us to add many different layering pieces with it to change the way dress looked. Look for a dress similar in your closet: whether it’s black, brown or grey and try adding different layers over and under to see if you can wear your dress in more ways than you originally thought.

Color Stories: Colorful Spring Fashion

This feature originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Paprika Southern. To see the full feature in print, plus more spring inspiration in the issue, including recipes highlighting spring produce, avant-garde spring makeup looks, tips for updating your outdoor entertaining space for the season, and more, order a back issue now.

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Color Stories

Colorful Spring Fashion

Photography: Siobhan Egan / Styling: Bevin Valentine Jalbert / Hair & Makeup Artist: Jules of Dollface by Jules / Model: Amelia Jamerson / Clothing & Accessories: Custard, Harper, Kendra Scott, Kristen Baird, Red Clover, The Brass Belle

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The Spring 2017 issue of Paprika Southern is filled with thoughtful and colorful seasonal inspiration. We’re sharing spring recipes highlighting local, seasonal produce, spring fashion inspired by color, avant-garde color-saturated makeup looks, our tips on updating your outdoor entertaining space for warm weather, and much more.

Paprika Southern is a quarterly publication dedicated to inspiring creativity and intention in everyday life. In our pages you will find lush visuals and thoughtful writing, as well as a commitment to inclusivity. We offer a curated view of the most innovative creatives, trends and art of the South, and we invite you to join our journey.

Let's Soup it Up for Loop It Up

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Hello friends! We wanted to let you all know about a fun project we’re involved with this winter, as well as how you can get involved. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Coffee.Deli here in Savannah to Soup It Up for Loop It Up.

Loop It Up Savannah is a local non-profit that brings art programming to thousands of children and youth in Savannah each year. Since their founding in 2008, they have grown from a kids knitting and crocheting class to a program that goes into area schools and other sites and directly impacts more than 5,000 kids in a calendar year. In addition to art classes, they also paint community murals, provide books to kids, and run a scholarship program to help kids attend summer camp.

As a publication that is focused on sharing the stories of artists and makers and celebrating creativity and intention, working with Loop It Up seemed like a natural fit for Paprika Southern. We were honored to be invited to be Celebrity Soup POT-ners for their 2019 Soup It Up for Loop It Up campaign.

Soup It Up is an event where area restaurants compete for the best soup recipe to raise both funds and awareness for Loop It Up. This year, they’ve also asked community members to team up with the restaurants for 2 months of fund- and awareness-raising.

There are a ton of ways you can get involved! Whether you live in Savannah or beyond, we’ve got a way for you to contribute to Loop It Up.

  • Stop by Coffee.Deli and order the veggie soup. Not only is it filled with delicious vegan goodness (pictured here!), a portion of proceeds from soup sales will benefit Loop It Up.

  • Celebrate Mardi Gras with Dollar Drink night on Tuesday March 5 at Bar.Food—a portion of dollar drink sales will benefit Loop It Up.

  • Attend our Spring Release Party benefiting Loop It Up! You can make a donation at the party and enter our #LocalLove raffle, benefiting Loop It Up. We’ll also be donating 20% of our sales from the event to Loop It Up, so it’s a great way to make your magazine purchase or new subscription purchase have a meaningful impact.

  • Donate directly to Loop It Up via our fundraising platform here.

Click here to RSVP now to our Spring Release Party on March 12 at Bar.Food, and click here to learn more about our spring issue.

For now, we hope you’ll click through to learn more about our events and our fundraising efforts for Loop It Up Savannah, and we’ll leave you with some soup pictures featuring Coffee.Deli’s signature vegetable soup to get you in the soup frame of mind.

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Creative South: Daughter Handwovens

In each issue of Paprika Southern we feature three creatives living and working in the South in our Creative South section. This section is dedicated to highlighting both emerging and established makers, artists, and entrepreneurs who are doing innovative and exciting things in the South.

This article about the creator of Daughter Handwovens, Alexandra Forby, was originally published in the print edition of Paprika Southern Spring 2018. To see the article in print, along with an exploration of the photographic legacy of southern photographer Jack Leigh, our tips on how to begin a lifelong art collection, a spring brunch menu with recipes, and much more, order a back issue of the Spring 2018 issue of Paprika Southern.

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Daughter Handwovens

Written by Bevin Valentine Jalbert / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

In Alexandra Forby’s Savannah studio, strands of cotton and linen are woven together in intricate patterns to form throw pillows, tea towels, and other handwoven goods. The sound of the 36-inch, four-shaft loom that Alexandra operates resounds in organized cacophony and the process is surprisingly physical.

Weaving is an ancient art, and Alexandra, owner of Daughter Handwovens, loves the tradition it represents.

“So much of this is based in awesome references to weaving in the Bible,” she explains, “and women who work with their hands…Proverbs 31 is a woman who considers a field and buys it. She’s progressing her home. She’s making all of the things for her home.”

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Proverbs 31 also serves as the inspiration for the name of her business. After graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2013 with a BFA in painting, Alexandra, who had always dabbled in fibers art, eventually found her way to weaving, starting Daughter Handwovens in 2016. Though the business is young her work has been well-received at craft fairs and on Etsy, and over the 2017 holiday season she sold every scarf she made.

The hand-weaving process requires patience. It takes two days to set up the loom for a project. Though she can do multiple pieces once the loom is set up, a scarf, for example, takes about four hours to weave.

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The ancient nature of weaving, as well as its tradition as a women’s craft, both appeal to Alexandra.

“I’ve always loved the idea of passing down useful things, like textiles, and how textiles really capture the feeling of the era.

Earthy, muted tones are a signature of Daughter Handwovens, and Alexandra positions her products as heirloom-quality goods. While the aesthetic of pieces reflects current trends, these handmade products are part of a long legacy. Alexandra relates a story of being asked by a Viking re-enactor to create authentic Viking belts. To fulfill the commission she researched patterns appropriate to the era and taught herself to weave using weaving cards, tools that would have been made of stone or wood in ancient times.

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The current popularity of the handmade marketplace has been a boon to Alexandra’s business, allowing her to price her work according to its value.

“The world today is more appreciative of handmade goods,” she says.

The potential for self-sufficiency of weaving is also important to Daughter Handwovens. Alexandra works primarily with cotton and linen, both plant-based fibers, which allows her work to be vegan-friendly and free of allergens. She is teaching herself to spin her own cotton, and eventually wants to dye the fibers herself, with the goal of taking cotton from the plant to the finished product, allowing them to be completely sustainable.

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How to Begin a Lifelong Art Collection

This is a condensed version of Piece by Piece: How to Begin a Lifelong Art Collection, which appeared in the Spring 2018 print issue of Paprika Southern. To see the full article, plus an exploration of the photographic legacy of Jack Leigh, dreamy floral-inspired spring hair ideas, a citrus-infused brunch menu, and much more, you can pick up a back issue now.

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Piece by Piece

How to Begin a Lifelong Art Collection

Written by Stephanie Tallevast / Photographed by Siobhan Egan

Through an art collection, a personal point-of-view is expressed with elegance and sophistication, and the statement it makes can be as distinctive as the individual who has amassed the works. A well-curated and thoughtfully-presented art collection can drive the aura, the style and the statement of any environment. Unlike presentations of an art museum or gallery, a personal art collection can be more of a reflection of the thoughts, the preferences and the authentic style of its owners, in a way that is spoken through the artwork, rather than primarily that of an artist, curator or gallerist. 

For the seasoned collector, ideal display logistics have most likely been executed and future acquisitions may be budgeted well in advance of the next purchasing opportunity, but for someone who is just starting out in the world of art collecting, the nuances may seem a little perplexing. Giving direction and order to a small, existing collection or even making the initial purchase to begin a collection is not as overwhelming as it may seem. With some exploration, research and planning, building an art collection is an endeavor that can result in a striking and profound, as well as deeply personal, element of an interior space. 

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Start at Home Base

How does one begin an art collection or go from owning a few pieces to shaping a serious collection? At the outset, it is important to see what is out there and to develop personal preferences before going headfirst into purchasing. “Always be true to your tastes, first and foremost. Define your likes, dislikes, taking note of subject matter you’re drawn to, techniques, mediums, styles, particular artist, and how you feel about it,” says Leslie Lovell, owner of Roots Up Gallery in Savannah. Having an established taste in art makes the experience of collecting more impassioned.

A great way to research and define your taste is simply by visiting local galleries. Many specialize in representing regional artists. Never be afraid to browse, ask questions, and research pricing.  When Leslie and her late husband Frances Allen founded their gallery the couple focused on southern, self-taught artists, and one defining factor in opening their doors was making art approachable. She encourages everyone to discover what they love in art by browsing galleries and museums, as well as by attending local art events, such as show openings, lectures and art walks. Many of these events give attendees the opportunity to meet and talk with artists and ask questions. 

Continue reading in the Spring 2018 issue of Paprika Southern

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How to Begin a Lifelong Art Collection | Art Collecting | How to Buy Art | How to Decorate with Art | How to Collect Art | Art Collecting Ideas | Home Decor | Art Collections | Savannah, GA | Lori Judge | Leslie Lovell | Susan Laney | Contemporary Art | Contemporary Art Living Room | Contemporary Art Home | Contemporary Art Modern | Contemporary Art Painting | Contemporary Art Photography| Folk Art | Southern Art | Paprika Southern
How to Begin a Lifelong Art Collection | Art Collecting | How to Buy Art | How to Decorate with Art | How to Collect Art | Art Collecting Ideas | Home Decor | Art Collections | Savannah, GA | Lori Judge | Leslie Lovell | Susan Laney | Contemporary Art | Contemporary Art Living Room | Contemporary Art Home | Contemporary Art Modern | Contemporary Art Painting | Contemporary Art Photography| Folk Art | Southern Art | Paprika Southern
How to Begin a Lifelong Art Collection | Art Collecting | How to Buy Art | How to Decorate with Art | How to Collect Art | Art Collecting Ideas | Home Decor | Art Collections | Savannah, GA | Lori Judge | Leslie Lovell | Susan Laney | Contemporary Art | Contemporary Art Living Room | Contemporary Art Home | Contemporary Art Modern | Contemporary Art Painting | Contemporary Art Photography| Folk Art | Southern Art | Paprika Southern

Combining Art, Heart, and Smarts

Savannah art patron and collector Lori Judge is a testament to how the acquisition of a single piece of art can grow into an impressive collection with purpose and presence. Her love of art and artists began when she moved to Savannah in 2000. Soon after Lori acquired an original print (actually bartering for it) from a Savannah College of Art and Design printmaking student.  She says she still has as much of a connection with the work today as she did the first day she saw the work. That print (pictured above) began her journey as a collector.

As Lori continued to collect, she became more passionate about art. At first, she just enjoyed the process of discovery and acquisition, with no specific plans for her collection. In 2002, Lori began attending the international art fair Art Basel in Miami. The exposure to the art world in such an extended view eventually generated the notion that she herself could open her collection to share with her community. The idea for The Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection was born. Lori has curated and displayed much of her art in the Judge Realty office, located in the Savannah Historic District, for public viewing. 

After additional acquisitions, Lori realized that many of her pieces had themes of economy, energy and the environment, issues already of interest and importance to her. Thus, a focus for the collection emerged. Lori utilized the services of Susan Laney, owner of Laney Contemporary Fine Art, to help her catalog, organize, and display her pieces. The process of working with Susan as a consultant helped to create some long-range planning and thoughtful insight into her collection. Susan assisted with display and proper records for all of Lori’s collected works.

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How to Begin a Lifelong Art Collection | Art Collecting | How to Buy Art | How to Decorate with Art | How to Collect Art | Art Collecting Ideas | Home Decor | Art Collections | Savannah, GA | Lori Judge | Leslie Lovell | Susan Laney | Contemporary Art | Contemporary Art Living Room | Contemporary Art Home | Contemporary Art Modern | Contemporary Art Painting | Contemporary Art Photography| Folk Art | Southern Art | Paprika Southern
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Best Practices

At the addition of each new piece of art, proper record-keeping and display are vital. Susan Laney, owner of Laney Contemporary in Savannah, stresses the importance of documentation. She suggests making a template form for all works in a collection and recording information such as artist, title, date of the work, medium, size, where purchased, current location, and so on. Susan says it is best to enter this information into a database and to make a hard copy to keep in a file (along with the certificate of authenticity, if available). 

Another practice Susan suggests is photographing every piece in a collection, either professionally or non-professionally, depending on the level of your inventory. In addition to keeping records for each work in a database and in a file, Susan suggests having them secured on the back the frame of the work to serve as an information backup. A good framer should be able to attach a document pocket to the back of most framing at your request. 

The effort made to catalog helps give provenance and validity to your art. Susan notes, “Once a collection is properly cataloged and evaluated, it then becomes apparent if additional professional services will be needed.” This includes appraisers, restorationists, or insurance specialists. The entire cataloging project can easily be the do-it-yourself kind, but should time constraints or the need for a trained-eye be a factor, professional consultants can be hired to assist with the job. 

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The Bottom Line of Collecting

Leslie Lovell, Lori Judge, and Susan Laney all agree: buy only what you love! In the end, that’s what collecting is all about. Sometimes, other factors creep in to a buying decision, but Lori advises, “If you don’t love it, don’t buy it.” 

Remember, the pieces in a collection give back in very specific ways each day. Be sure that you have researched enough to have an understanding of that connection. As Leslie reminds, “Have fun and choose things that speak to you, because these pieces are going to surround you.” A new collector may not fully understand how a well-selected work of art can enhance their life for as long as they own it, but it is one of the greatest joys of collecting. Susan sums it up, saying “Even if your taste changes, for the most part the real love that you have for a piece is a forever thing.” Yes, a forever thing: such is the love of art.

Top Tips

Lori Judge

  • Explore art galleries or attend art shows. It is important to educate yourself about what is being created.

  • Set a budget every year. This is a practical way to make your collection grow.

  • Don’t be afraid to negotiate. Not all pricing is up for discussion, but often you can work out something satisfactory to all parties, especially on major purchases.

Leslie Lovell

  • Become a part of your community’s art events to help develop your own taste, preferences, and knowledge in art.

  • Don’t follow trends in art; buy only what you truly love. 

  • Use art talks and show openings as an opportunity to get to know artists personally. Forging a relationship with an artist can deepen your appreciation for their work.

Susan Laney

  • Make the investment of time to catalog your collection. Turn to a professional if you need help in this task.

  • Find a framer who understands fine art and who can collaborate with you to best showcase your collection.

  • Don’t buy art purely as a financial investment; think of it instead as an investment in your quality of life and in your community.


#1 Tip from Lori, Leslie, & Susan:

Buy only what you love!

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Read the full article, plus much more inspiration for creative and intentional living in the Spring 2018 issue of Paprika Southern!