Through starting The Essential Market, we have had the opportunity to meet and work with many talented artists. We are so grateful for the chance to share them with you!
XO, Camille and Emily


Carrie & Seash

Carrie & Seash was launched by Carrie Barnes and Seashols Poppler, a mother and daughter team, in July 2017. Carrie & Seash is a custom art and design company. Carrie is known for her painting, furniture-making, luthier skills, gardening, landscape design, and even golf course design renderings early on in her career for her father Roy Dye and uncle Pete Dye. Seashols has painted alongside her mom since she could hold a paint brush up.

@carrieandseash |




Claire Ferguson

Claire Ferguson is an artist born and raised in Austin, Texas. She does not define herself by one medium or style. Why choose one dish when you have a buffet of inspiration around you. Claire loves experimenting with oil, acrylic, watercolor, and digital painting. She hopes you find as much joy in the designs as she found in creating them. 



MESH by Alex

Alex Schwenke is the artist and founder of MESH by Alex, a Houston-based custom wedding invitation studio. She opened in 2015, after having been in the industry for a decade on the production side with her printmaking degree from MICA. She specializes in watercolor bells and whistles and fine art printing processes to enhance the hand-made quality of her designs. She enjoys interacting with customers, learning their stories, and producing wedding paper that magically "meshes" her creativity with her customers' vision.

@mesh_by_alex |




Pearly Gates Designs

Carrie has always had a passion for art and design. She loves to be inspired by the whimsical world of nature. Carrie studied design at The University of Texas and went on to start, Pearly Gates Designs, where she creates everything from invitation design to fine art to textile patterns. She now paints from her studio in West Texas with her husband, two girls and their rambunctious dogs. Carrie loves to create work that brings unexpected joy into the world! 

@pearlygatesdesigns |