Hidden Gem in Southampton
Sisters Tanya Willock and Temidra Willock-Morsch like to flex their creative muscles. The siblings own, operate and curate Hidden Gem, the Jobs Lane brick-and-mortar destination ripe with tabletop goods, fashion finds, art, jewelry and home accessories. They make many items on the shelves themselves (Tanya has a background in fine art; Temidra in textiles), such as beaded bracelets and tie-dye napkins. But what’s sure to grace walls all along the East End (like the new Breakers Montauk hotel, for example) are their eye-catching range of customizable surfboards. “You don’t have to be a surfer to have this piece,” says Tanya.
Really, you just have to find inspiration from your surroundings, which is how the surfboards came to be in the first place: The sisters had begun experimenting with colorful, marbleized canvases when they spotted a Jeep Wrangler with a coral surfboard hanging out the back. This prompted them to try the technique on a new object.The wooden board forms are cut and sanded by their brother, Jari, after which Tanya and Temidra meticulously mix and marble paint colors—the ideal consistency is similar to pancake batter—and carefully hand pour each organic design before they get their shiny resin coat, and head off for a lucky home.