We couldn’t be more humbled and pleased by our mention in the recently released December edition of the Advocate Magazine (East Dallas), mainly because we have so much respect and love for the publication. They always do such a great job of supporting local businesses and highlighting our neighbors that it makes us even more happy and proud to call east Dallas home. Here’s the mention:
Chris Unruh, One Fish Two Fish (and Steve Dickson)
Gift idea: potted plants
Price range: $12-$45
Where to find it: trulyunruhly.wordpress.com, craft shows
Chris Unruh Photo by Danny Fulgencio
Chris Unruh is experimenting with doll heads these days.
Some people don’t really get it, she says. But when she uses them to mold cement heads, which she then hollows out and plants succulents inside, some people love them.
Unruh, who went to FIT and designed jewelry in New York for five years, discovered hypertufa, a porous material made of Portland cement, peat moss and either pearlite or aragonite, on a road trip in March 2010. She was on the way to her grandmother’s funeral and reading her stepmom’s Better Homes and Gardens magazine when she found a story about the stuff. The cement mixture is great for growing plants.
Aside from doll heads, Unruh uses yogurt cups and found Styrofoam forms to make hypertufa planters.
“I get excited about trash the way some people get excited about chandeliers,” she says, pulling pieces of Styrofoam from a bin.
Unruh’s company, One Fish Two Fish, sells online, and she is at craft fairs and shows at least two weekends a month. Some of her designs are smooth and geometric; others are rough and rustic. She uses found auto glass as sparkly mulch for the plants.
“This glass came from a wreck on Garland Road,” she says.
Unruh credits her husband, Steve Dickson, for hauling around untold hundreds of pounds of Portland cement. They were married two years ago, and Unruh works part-time for her husband’s structural engineering firm. She also sells her handmade jewelry at etsy.com/shop/trulyunruhly.