Bearnamic Duo ~ George & Scott of Spathose

Meet our Bearnamic Duo, George and Scott! These two talented designers have melded a successful career and relationship together. We get the scoop from them on how they make it all work…

How did you guys meet?

“It was actually quite romantic, a bit like some sappy, romantic comedy movie… A frosty New England night, as snow drifted deeply with the strong December winds; It glistened like scattered diamonds amid the winter moon’s glow…George’s car was stuck in a snow bank, Scott happened by with his truck and the rest is history!”

How long have you been together?

“We are in our 25th year together! Most of that time (at least 20 years, has been spent working side by side ,day & night, 24/7, 365…well you get the idea!) We are the design team that make up the brand Spathose. Our work transcends the realm of ordinary style by forging fine art with fashion, thus conceiving more than an accessory; we have given rise to organic wearable sculpture with an industrial edge.”

Wearable Sculpture by Spathose

Wearable Sculpture by Spathose

Wearable Sculpture by Spathose

Was it love at first sight or did it take a few dates?

“There was definitely an immediate connection, but we both were a bit cautious in the beginning. After our third date though, we were inseparable!”

George & Scott, circa 1997
George & Scott, circa 1997.

If you are cohabiting, how long did you date before you lived together?

“It didn’t take long at all, within a month and we knew that we wanted to spend as much time with each other as possible. Since that time, we have not spent more than a few days apart! In the beginning, we both had regular jobs but soon realized that we wanted to work together at our own business.”

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What is it about your mate that attracted you so much?

George: “For me the eyes are truly that window into the soul, I looked deeply into his intense eyes and I immediately felt this attachment, I felt safe. Of course, it didn’t hurt that he was brutally good looking with an amazing body!”

George & Scott of Spathose

Scott: “The first time we met, I felt as though time stood still, I was captured in a moment that I never wanted to end. My heart started to race and felt as though it was being gripped by a vice on the verge of exploding… He captivated me is so many ways, his charming smile, adorable rosy cheeks that glistened from the snow, the bluest eyes that melted my heart, but what really clenched it all for me was beyond that physical attraction, it was his wit and ability to make me laugh…”

Do you have common interests?

“Our passion has always centered on the arts in some manner. Our first business together was faux finishing, back when we lived in the Philadelphia area. We also enjoyed home renovations and that quickly turned that into a business. Upon our move to Saint Petersburg FL 11 years ago, we decided to focus entirely on purchasing run down properties in blighted areas to remodel and turn them into income properties. Since the real estate crash, being ever resilient, we had to re-invent ourselves once again. That is how we started our present business and brand, Spathose.

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Do you each have an interest that the other has none in?

“That’s the dilemma of being business and life partners, it’s tricky to be able to have separate lives! This was a struggle early on as our identities were merged into one. We were never thought of as individuals, but as a single entity. Both having strong personalities, we found that challenging to be reduced to this homogenized, collective version of ourselves. Understandably, being part of a brand, it’s essential to promote as a team and since have found that delicate balance to insure our own distinctive personae are not swallowed by the whole!”

What’s the secret to your successful relationship?

“In this internet fueled, new, next, now, built for planned obsolescence era of today, it seems that relationships have become disposable. The famous quote “For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice” might have very well been written specifically about human interactions. Not to say that every day has to be a struggle, but be prepared to truly live the word compromise! Something as wonderful and rewarding as a long term relationship is worth the hard work that goes with it! Communication is key! Also Laugh, laugh everyday…there is always love when there is laughter!”

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Any advice for a dating couple?

“Never define your relationship on someone else’s views, values, or morals; it can be destructive.
You are the only one that knows your true feelings.
Create a friendship bond that grows beyond the physicality and the bedroom.
Never try to stagnate the other person from their journey in life.
MOST OF ALL, TRY YOUR BEST TO LISTEN!”

Scott & George, circa 1990
Scott & George, circa 1990.

Links:
Spathose Website
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Photo credits:
BWL Photography
Thee Photo Ninja
Rossie Newson Photography
Downtown Carol Photography
Brentwood Photography
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Modern Bear Bling ~ Men’s Jewelry by Heidi Abrahamson

Heidi Abrahamson is the daughter of German immigrants who came to the United States at the height of the mid-twentieth century explosion of modern design. Her parents appreciation for architecture and design of the period was passed on to Heidi. While still in high school she found a particular fondness for modern silversmiths of the 20th century. She began collecting works of N.E. From, Georg Jensen, Andreas Mikkelson, Esther Lewittes, Ed Levin and others. The collected works of these silversmiths continue to be the inspiration for Heidi’s work today.

At Indiana University Heidi studied fine arts and interior design. Leaving Indiana for Seattle, she began a career in visual merchandising for I. Magnin, The Bon Marche’, Burberry’s of London and other local retailers. A desire to create on a more personal level lead Heidi back to her early love of jewelry.

Heidi began creating beaded jewelry, but soon grew dissatisfied with what she saw as limitations of the medium. Her design sensibilities demanded a medium with which she construct and sculpt jewelry as modern architecture for the body. In 2003 she began working in the medium she came to love as child, silver. Heidi is also working with 14k and 18kt gold. In the last few years, Heidi’s unique custom rings have become popular for gay weddings.

With just three basic courses completed in casting, smithing and stone setting, Heidi is primarily self taught. Her studio is open to the public and located in central Phoenix.

Heidi is also a good friend of Modern Bear – one of our dear “Goldilocks!” She creates our popular pewter Bear Tags featured in our Modern Bear Shop.

Sterling and Antique African Berber Phenolic Amber Ring. Hand fabricated by Heidi Abrahamson. $450.00 Model:  Jackson Galaxy Photo by:  Susan Weingartner
Sterling and Antique African Berber Phenolic Amber Ring.
Hand fabricated by Heidi Abrahamson.
$450.00
Model: Jackson Galaxy
Photo by: Susan Weingartner
Close up of ring modeled by Hip Bear in featured photo. Designed and fabricated by Heidi Abrahamson.  $450
Close up of ring modeled by Hip Bear in featured photo.
Designed and fabricated by Heidi Abrahamson. $450
Sterling Cast
Sterling Cast By Heidi Abrahamson. $365.00
Custom Made Sterling Cast & Fabricated Ring with Tiger's Eye Stone by Heidi Abrahamson.  $450
Custom Made Sterling Cast & Fabricated Ring with Tiger’s Eye Stone by Heidi Abrahamson. $450
Hand forged, each one custom made by Heidi Abrahamson.  $550.00
Hand forged, each one custom made by Heidi Abrahamson. $550.00
Sterling cast, hand hammered texture ring.  Each one custom made, not from a mold.  By Heidi Abrahamson.   $350.00
Sterling cast, hand hammered texture ring. Each one custom made, not from a mold. By Heidi Abrahamson.
$350.00
Sterling hammered and forged bracelet by Heidi Abrahamson.  $375.
Sterling hammered and forged bracelet by Heidi Abrahamson. $375.
Sterling "Woodgrain" cast ring custom made, not from a mold.  By Heidi Abrahamson.  $435.00
Sterling “Woodgrain” cast ring custom made, not from a mold. By Heidi Abrahamson. $435.00
Sterling cast rings, various shapes.  Each one custom made, not from a mold.  By Heidi Abrahamson.  $295.00 to $450.00
Sterling cast rings, various shapes. Each one custom made, not from a mold. By Heidi Abrahamson. $295.00 to $450.00
Hand Crafted in Pewter with leather cord by Heidi Abrahamson.  "Bear," "Cub," "Wolf," "Otter," "Grrr," and "Woof."  $49 each.
Hand Crafted in Pewter with leather cord by Heidi Abrahamson. “Bear,” “Cub,” “Wolf,” “Otter,” “Grrr,” and “Woof.” $49 each.