Pig and Fish
Deb Gill and Nanako O'Donnell began Pig and Fish in 2011 as a way to share their passion for functional art through products for everyday living. Their Maine based design studio operates out of a 1,900 sq ft Arts and Crafts style bungalow which the two designed and built in 2006. This process laid the foundation for Pig and Fish by allowing them to carefully consider the ways in which everyday needs can intersect with art. It also confirms their belief that living in an artistic environment has value as it resonates with the vitality of the human essence. At the core of Pig and Fish is this desire to live a creative life.
If you are wondering about the quirky business name, it is not to be taken literally! It symbolizes the communication of Inner Truth as taken from one of the hexagram’s in the I-Ching, an ancient Chinese book of divination. Being creative on a daily basis and sharing that passion through the product line is at the heart of Pig and Fish. More than a business, it is a lifestyle where following one's inner truth continually guides both artists. It inspires Deb to design products that embrace both art + function - visually appealing pieces that get touched, opened and used everyday. Within Nanako, it sparks a way to express her love for simple and modern design that flows naturally from an inner stillness.
Each handmade Pig and Fish product is an opportunity to share a handmade life. One where the work of the hand is honored and design is carefully considered as an integral element of living with functional art. Every item which ships from Pig and Fish's Maine island studio embodies this Inner Truth. As artists and designers, Deb & Nanako find value in a life where every small detail connects back to the whole experience of beauty and harmony.
Deb brings her 35+ years of experience as a woodworker and artist to Pig and Fish. As lead designer, she utilizes her knowledge of working with wood and other materials to design pieces which are creative, yet useful within the daily rhythms of life. Where her work was previously large scale and only available through art galleries, Pig and Fish has given Deb an outlet to design and fabricate small works of art which can be used everyday in one's home. She is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Nanako brings her 22+ years of experience in writing, marketing and design to Pig and Fish. Her aesthetic eye is heavily influenced by her bicultural heritage and her summers spent on the coast of Japan. She pools her skills together to bring the product to market and heads up the photography, copy writing, graphic design and customer service end of the business. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College.