LOCAL Houston | The City Guide JULY 2016 - Page 56

CREATIVE BEAUTY By Carla Valencia de Martinéz | Photography courtesy of Stash Co. CHERYL SCHULKE (also known as Stash) and PAUL FORDE are the duo behind Stash Co. Their story is one richly woven in family history, artisanal production, community and mutual support. Their one-of-a-kind pieces are created in a centuryold mattress factory that is a Texas historic landmark an hour west of Houston and has been in Schulke’s family since mid-century. The factory was owned by Schulke’s grandparents who produced mattresses through 1976, and about six years ago, Stash was given the opportunity to bring the factory back to life and use it for bag production. It comes as no surprise that in January 2011, Cheryl, alongside her father, started to carve out the spaces within the same walls her family had worked years before her. I asked Stash a few questions last month as Stash Co enters 10 years in business. To get on the invite list for Stash Co’s ten-year anniversary celebration this fall, contact shop@stash-co.com. 56 L O C A L | july 16 CREATIVE BEAUTY By Carla Valencia de Martinéz | Photography courtesy of Stash Co. CHERYL SCHULKE (also known as Stash) and PAUL FORDE are the duo behind Stash Co. Their story is one richly woven in family history, artisanal production, community and mut X[\ܝ Z\ۙK[ًXKZ[YX\\HܙX]Y[H[\[X]\XܞH]\H^\\ܚX[X\[\\و\ۂ[\Y[[[x&\[Z[H[HZY X[\KHXܞH\ۙYH[x&\ܘ[\[XYX]\\Y NM͋[X]^YX\Y\\][Hܝ[]H[HXܞBXYH[\H]܈YX[ۋ]Y\\\\H][[X\H LK\[ [ۙYH\]\\Y\H]HX\][H[YH[\[Z[HYܚYYX\YܙH\H\Y\B]]Y\[ۜ\[۝\\[\ LYX\[\[\˂]ۈH[]H\܈\&\[^YX\[]\\H[X][ۈ\[ ۝X\ X˘KMH[H M