In the Spotlight : Helen Rice of Fuzzco


I’m so proud to feature one of our favorite locals on le blog today. Helen Rice of Fuzzco fame is so many things that to list them here would be exhausting. Lemme try: an artist, a budding Francophile, a genius web designer, an old soul- I digress. I can’t do it; she can’t be defined. Helen and Josh and I have been working together for years and I can’t wait to see what many more bring. Side note: we’re also backyard neighbors- our little design studios back up to each other, but we’ve yet to string up our much-theorized strings-and-can communication system. I was all down for a little Medieval door cut into our mutual fence in tandem with a secret knock  . . . stay tuned.

{Tim Hussey}

A little about you . . .
HR: I have a design studio called Fuzzco in Charleston. I am newly-wedded to my business partner Josh.  We have 2 black cats and 5 dry Christmas trees in our backyard on Spring Street.

{Helen’s personal logo}

Your best friend is coming to visit Charleston for the first time. Where would you take him/her to:
eat?
Best Friend #1: Party room at Sakura.
Best Friend #2: FIG.
Best Friend #3: Farmers market, kitchen.
drink?
Best Friend #1: The High Spirits Lounge.
Best Friend #2: Closed for Business.
Best Friend #3: my dimly lit attic.
sight-see?
Best Friend #1: Asian Market in North Charleston > Ladson Flea Market > Johns Island
Best Friend #2: Elliotborough > Cannonborough > Upper King.
Best Friend #3: Porch > Living Room > Kitchen > Couch > Kitchen.
chillax?
Good Friend: Blokus, Settlers of Catan and Snails Pace Race.
Bad Friend: weed the garden.

{one of Helen’s awesome works of art}

Your ideal Saturday afternoon is spent . . .
I’m trying to make more time for my personal projects.  I’m working on a new series of paintings- playing with 3D objects vs flat plains.  I’ve also started designing some wooden door handles and I’m working on the concept for the space behind the new Fuzzco office. I really enjoyed working on Fuzzco’s last two offices. If I could concept lighting and furniture and draw up interior spaces all day I would be so happy.

{Fuzzco’s killer space on Spring Street, downtown Charleston}

What’s just one thing that sets you apart from your peers? Don’t be bashful!
My ability to gather at least 5 vessels of various liquids at my desk each day.

What’s one (fun/weird/crazy) thing we wouldn’t know about you?
I used to have quite a collection of My Little Ponies and Breyer horses that I would arrange in intricate patterns in my room- armadas of beautiful horses that took hours to get just right.

{Another Fuzzco project developed to announce their wedding. You can see it here: helenandjoshsittinginatree.com. We also created a thank you site which can be seen here: helenandjoshsittinginatree.com/thank-you.}

Hollywood calls and they’re going to make a movie of your life. What’s your opening musical score (or the top hit on the soundtrack?)
The Jurassic Park soundtrack is pretty tough to beat. I’d probably steal a lot of it and awkwardly mix in some other more random stuff like Mad World by Michael Andews & Gary Jules or if I died today I’d have them put in a bunch of Beach House which my older self would probably be embarrassed about.

{How Low Can Your Logo was a contest that Fuzzco created to challenge people to create an extremely undesirable logo.  We wanted to work for ourselves for a change and wanted to engage the greater community of designers and non-designers. We ended up getting 1,500 submissions. Visit the site to learn more about it and see the winning logo.}

What’s the most rewarding thing about your business?
I get to do stuff like I want to do stuff.

No day-in-the-life-of-you is complete without . . .
Hanging out with Josh. He’s my favorite thing in the world.  That and a long, healthy run.

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