Client Spotlight: catstudio

I’m thrilled to be providing publicity services for one of my favorite home decor companies. Catstudio, famous for their whimsically illustrated, geography-inspired home and gift products, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020, and they hired us to help spread the word.

Carmel and Terrell in PillowsFounders Carmel and Terrell Swan say their success weaves their love of world cultures, travel, and art into decorative textiles inspired by vintage souvenir pillows of the 30s and 40s.

Geography Collection

Juxtaposing local kitsch icons and historical monuments, each piece of artwork is hand-drawn and created with an insider’s perspective. They work with residents, mayors, friends, business owners, and customers, to create designs that locals can proudly display in their home, and visitors will cherish as keepsakes.

America PillowCatstudio’s colorful, uplifting geography pillows are hand-embroidered, made from organic cotton, and it takes over 40 hours to embroider just one. They have developed a cult-like following, and retailers report that fans include celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Martha Stewart, Lionel Ritchie, and Taylor Swift.

Alongside catstudio’s 20th anniversary, Glitterati Editions published Pillow Geography: Dreaming Across America, a stunning coffee table book celebrating their pillows’ status as fine art objects, not just home furnishings or decorations.

Collegiate Collection

While New York City, Texas, and California geography pillows continue to top catstudio’s bestseller list, their new Collegiate Collection is the fastest growing. Capturing the essence of each school, campus, and college community by working one-on-one with every school’s licensing department, the collection delights everyone from incoming freshman to athletic fans and far-flung alumni. Their original art embodies the spirit and uniqueness of each school – the architecture, education, sports, history, and traditions.

Plus a percentage of each purchase is donated back to each respective school – funding scholarships, student activities, or recreational programs.

Catstudio glassware

Glasses, Towels, Pouches and more…

Catstudio’s original artwork is also featured on glassware, dish towels, woven pouches, thermal bottles,  fine art prints, and more. This year, they also launched an exciting new modern astrology collection, a beach and travel towel collection made from recycled plastic bottles, collegiate collection fine art prints, and stainless steel thermal tumblers.

Globetrotting Swans

Now based in Petaluma, CA, Carmel is a native of Hawaii who grew up a globetrotter, visiting Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia, with frequent trips to the Continental US, by the age of 18. Settling down in Los Angeles after studying art in college, she initially pursued a career with the recording companies, Arista and CBS.

catstudio print and pillowTerrell was born in California and grew up in Texas and Mississippi before setting off on thrilling adventures around the globe. Channeling the sense of fearlessness he had― riding camels and elephants and catching old steam engine trains―into an entrepreneurial spirit, he opened Houston’s trend-setting fashion boutique Cotton Club in 1982, and in 1989, he and Carmel created Swan Magic, a women’s apparel company in Petaluma.

Catstudio is located at 1340 Industrial Avenue, Suite A in Petaluma, CA 94952, and can be found online at www.catstudio.com.

Here’s an example of the coverage our publicity services have generated during catstudio’s national PR campaign so far: Petaluma’s Catstudio makes products that evoke nostalgia and a sense of home.

Are you looking for a publicity specialist? Call today for a free consultation to discuss your publicity needs.

Call 510-426-4100 or send us an email.

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Autistic Activist’s Publicity Campaign to Encourage COVID19 Plasma Donations

We recently had the honor of working pro bono on an autistic activist’s publicity campaign to encourage COVID19 survivors to donate their plasma.

Jesse Saperstein is a 38-year-old man with autism burdened by countless phobias including spiders, olives, and nonbiodegradable waste such as Styrofoam. But one thing he is certainly not afraid of is needles!

Jesse Saperstein donating blood
Jesse Saperstein donating blood

Jesse recently broke his quarantine during the apex of the Coronavirus to film a public service announcement at a blood drive near Albany, NY.  As soon as the needle was inserted, he began delivering a motivational speech asking society to join him in a dire, time-sensitive mission.

Jesse’s message is to encourage survivors of COVID-19 to contribute their antibody-enriched plasma. This plasma has proven to accelerate the recovery in even the most critically-ill patients.

Jesse reached out to Carney & Associates because he wanted a publicity campaign to help spread the word through the media. His ultimate goal was to launch a National Convalescent Plasma Drive from survivors willing to give back while using his poised speech as a means of assuaging the common fear of needles.

“The fear of needles keeps plenty of individuals from showing up at blood drives when the pool of plasma donors is already sparse,” explained Jesse.  “I created the public service announcement so the public could see someone engaging in public speaking while the blood products are being extracted.”

TV Coverage

We were pleased to schedule a TV interview for Jesse with Anya Tucker at ABC News10 in Albany, NY. Her beautifully produced segment ran May 11, 2020.

Guilderland man with autism asks others to donate plasma amid pandemic

Autism Advocate

Cover of Getting A Life bookA national autism advocate, Jesse is the author of two books with Penguin Group (USA), Atypical and Getting a Life with Asperger’s, and has appeared on Dr. Phil. As a result of a lifetime of bullying and rejection, it is also Jesse’s mission to help others and change the stigma of the autism spectrum.

Jesse added, “On a personal note, my much of my 38 years of life have not been pleasant even though I am fully aware that many others have been through worse obstacles.  Nothing about me is normal or has made it possible to “fit in” most places.  Being kind, considerate, and trying to make a difference has not always been enough to earn acceptance.  (Most typical youths are not entranced by blood drives and phlebotomy machines, for example.)  For the first time in a long while, there is a chance to justify this flamboyant oddness by making a difference in plasma collection endeavors.  Everybody has the ability to battle this pandemic despite their challenges and lack of certain abilities that society deems to be necessary.”

Jesse recently met with the American Red Cross to discuss possibilities of partnering on a campaign later this year.

If you’re looking for publicity services, such as interviews on TV, radio and podcasts, and articles in print and online media, please contact Kathlene Carney at Carney & Associates for a free consultation.

Call 510-426-4100 or send us an email.