We wanted to introduce ourselves, we're Hannah and Judith and together we formed Thistle & Hyde.
Our resin journey began not long after the lockdown began. Reunited after years living and working in different countries, we knew that this was a special time and one we embraced wholeheartedly. We'd been captivated by fluid art on Instagram and Pinterest for months and decided there was no time like the present to start creating. After a few drawn out conversations, we finally convinced our parents that we would take over the basement. And so our studio was born.
When we poured our first paintings, we had no idea where this journey would take us, and the rollercoaster we were about to embark on. Resin is complex. It's fluid. When you walk away from a freshly poured piece, you have no idea what it's going to look like until it's fully cured. Temperature, humidity, viscosity and time all play a part in creating the intricate details of this medium. And no matter how much you research about it, you don't know until you try!
Whether you're a customer or a fellow creator, we want this website to act as a resource. As a customer, to understand the intricacies that went into creating your artwork and how to care for it in the long-term. As a creator, to give practical tips on pouring. The resin community has been so welcoming, and I hope that as we continue on our journey, you can pick up on the mistakes we've made and the successes we've had so that you can apply these to your work.
Why the name Thistle & Hyde you ask? Despite living in America, we were born in Scotland and both spent time in Glasgow during our university years. Our heritage is very much a part of who we are. And being the national symbol of Scotland, we chose 'Thistle' as the first element of our name. Growing up, we were told of our rumoured relation to the 'Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' author, Robert Louis Stevenson. Given the stark relation of our artistic endeavour to our professional careers, we thought it was only fitting to add 'Hyde' to our name.
And as for us? We're 14-months apart, one's tall and one's short. One works in the corporate world and the other is an academic. One loves cheese and the other can't eat it. Despite the same background, we have different accents (as does our brother, mum and dad).
We always want to hear from you! Whether it's an email, a DM or a comment on this post, tell us a little bit about you!
H & J xx