Atla Designs is a creative business that specializes in creating unique handmade gifts including personal and home accessories. The artists of Atla see possibility and beauty everywhere and strive to transform forgotten and discarded materials to give them new life and purpose. The products sold through Atla are made of more than 50% recycled and repurposed materials.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Jenny Nielsen is an artist, designer, and the owner at Atla Designs. She comes from a long-line of makers and artists and while she has many interests and always a ton of projects in motion, her main passions center around jewelry-making and painting. She focuses on using non-traditional, recycled, and repurposed materials in both mediums. Her favored materials to work with are wood remnants, leather, and metal scraps. She loves the challenge of making something beautiful out of rough materials.
Jenny has a BA in studio arts (painting) and an MA in adult education. By day, she works as director of programming for Grantmakers of Western PA to promote effective philanthropy in Western PA.
Robb Shobe is an artist and designer for Atla Designs. He has the unique talent of being able to envision great possibility in forgotten and discarded items. He specializes in creating home accessories and refurbished furniture pieces. Lover of all things art-deco, Robb is the main force behind Atla’s consulting services. He has a strong background in visual merchandizing having worked for retail and design giants along the east coast including Z Galleries and Jonathan Adler.
By day (and sometimes night!) he designs for Pittsburgh event florist, Hens and Chicks.
ABOUT THE NAME:
According to Norse mythology, Atla is a goddess of water. Atla, one of Odin’s wives, is a giantess and a beauty, often depicted with flowing red hair. As an Aquarian of Nordic descent, standing at 6 ft. tall with red hair, Atla Design’s owner has always had a special affinity for this particular goddess. If you know her, or when you meet her, this will make sense.