Dana Gibson descends from a long line of artists and designers. Her mother is a painter and her grandmother was a sculptor. Dana's great grandfather, Charles Dana Gibson, was a renowned painter and illustrator at the turn of the last century. Today, he's probably best remembered for creating the Gibson Girl of the 1890's, closely modeled after his wife, legendary beauty Irene Langhorne. Her great aunt, Nancy Astor, was the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons and another aunt, Nancy Lancaster, was an owner of the esteemed firm Colefax and Fowler.
Dana launched her design business, twenty years ago, with a line of hand sculpted porcelain wares. Major retailers including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Henri Bendel took notice, embracing her style and charm. Fashioned by hand and painted in colorful cutting garden colors, many of the same floral and pastoral themes continue to abound in Dana's work today.
In recent years, Dana has evolved from a craft artist to a manufacturer, expanding the range of her home accessories line to also include, hand painted tole ware, vases, cachepots, decorative trays, picture frames, wastebaskets, tissue boxes, lighting, tote bags, tea towels, decorative pillows and furniture. Strongly rooted in the American South, traditional design is at the core of what Dana does. She searches the world for trends in fashion and home décor, creating patterns with a wide variety of motifs and colors that are both classic and modern. Dana is currently licensing her designs to Stroheim, Hamilton Beach and the MT Company.
Dana's collection for Stroheim includes a sophisticated line of fabrics and wallcoverings that embodies the essence of her joyous design aesthetic. It reflects her keen interest in centuries old traditions, seamlessly woven with what is modern and today. Ancient ikats, Chinese vases, painterly florals, birds, animal prints, curvaceous ogees and intricate fretwork are rendered in bold strokes and infused with a distinctly American sensibility. Bold colors are daringly mixed with traditional design that has stood the test of time.