Thursday, March 8, 2018

In Honor of International Women's Day: Meet our Founder

In honor of International Woman's Day, we wanted to give you a little background on the founder of StoneImpressions, Melinda Earl.

In 1994, Melinda Earl, a single mother and trained painter, began uniting plaster, oils, china and cloth to produce textured still lifes in her garage. Always trying to improve, she began experimenting with transferring images onto stone. However, the known methods were extremely time-consuming, so she set out to find a better way. After four years of research and experiments, she developed a patented, hand-printing process and founded her first company, PhotoStone.

Here are some things you might not know about our founder:
1. Melinda first began experimenting with mixed media by incorporating together materials like cloth, plaster and paint to create still life paintings. 

 2. It took 4 years and endless hours in her converted side garage to perfect her patented hand-printing process.

3.  In 1999 Melinda started her first business Photostone transferring photographs, including newborns, weddings, families, and nature, onto pieces of 8x10 stone to create stunning gifts and keepsakes.  

4.  She expanded her business in 2001 and founded StoneImpressions.  She began with only 2 employees in a converted Quonset hut in San Diego left-over from WWII, and started to create custom murals of still lifes, wine musings and landscapes using different types of stone.

5. In October 2006, she flew to New York to compete against 40 other female entrepreneurs in American Express's “Count Me In” program.  She was one of the winners of the top “Make Mine A Million” award. 

6. Melinda personally creates the majority of designs and images that go into the StoneImpressions’ catalogs.  


Kim P. said...

I just ordered tiles for my beach house in the Florida Keys.
Emma at your dealer in Rockville Maryland Best Tile needs to
be commended for her customer service, she did a terrific job
helping facilitate my purchase!
Are you still doing photo stone?
Kim P.

StoneImpressions said...

Thanks Kim! We love working with Best Tile! We are so happy you are using our tiles in your home, and yes--we still do Photostone!