The Way Sophie Seas It: A Nautically-Inspired Brand of Note
If I could find a way to keep summer alive in my house throughout the entire year, I surely would. The brand Serpentsea, created by Sophie Aschauer, offers a few items that would fulfill my wish to the fullest. As the story goes, it was on a sailing trip to Nantucket that Sophie discovered the beauty of marine knots and started making mats out of them. She brought a stash of weathered sailing rope back to New York, and the plundered line became the basis of her SerpentSea mats, each of which takes Sophie about four hours and 150 feet of rope to hand-weave, heat-fuse, and sew together.
The mats are woven with four different knots referred to as Bonny, Drake, Morgan, and Killigrew, after four of the most infamous pirates from the 17th century. All are traditional knots and have been tied by sailors for centuries for practical purposes as well as decor.
Sophie also makes bracelets and key rings that are named after one of the sea nymphs in Greek mythology who often accompanied Poseidon, god of the sea; he protected and helped sailors battling storms. In the same spirit, the key rings serve as charms for good luck.
With SerpentSea, Sophie manages to bring hidden stories out from the sea to enjoy in your home throughout all the seasons.
For more information, visit www.serpentsea.com.
Photos: Sophie Aschauer/Martin Crook