Christine Schmidt (Yellow Owl Workshop)
Christine Schmidt’s art career began in primary school when she won a bike at the local grocer’s coloring contest. This bike was red and had ten whole speeds! After a youth spent on the plains of Kansas City and art school in Washington D.C., she and her loverboy, Evan, moved west to a little place perched atop windy Bernal Hill in San Francisco. Fueled by too much black tea and public radio shows, she spent nights creating hand-printed cards and gifts. Seeking out local suppliers and working with fine, momma-earth loving materials, she began honing her line of wares. In 2007, after steeling her nerves, Christine took a box of her goods to some local stores, they placed orders and Yellow Owl Workshop was born.
Notable for a sophisticated yet playful aesthetic, the products include rubber stamps and stamp ink pads, greeting card, a line of exquisite gold jewelry and more recently- socks. Though the product line is diverse, consistent themes of innovative function, original graphics and bold colors emerge.
While Christine is handling the creative side of Yellow Owl she is incredibly lucky to have amazing people handling the business of Yellow Owl. Her husband Evan Gross, longtime friend Maria Niubo, and a band of super-humans keep the studio humming along.
Christine and Evan live in San Francisco with their daughter, Emmy, who will begin entering coloring contests (and hopefully winning bikes!) after she masters grade school.