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Featured Shop: The Atlantic Ocean

May 20, 2015

by Tasha Chapman

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My name is Tasha Chapman. I’m an artist, surfer and maker living in Boca Raton, Florida. My shop is called The Atlantic Ocean.

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My shop started in the summer of 2012 when my husband Joe and I needed some surfboard bags. We like simple, rugged things and couldn’t find any bags that fit our style. So we started making them ourselves, inspired by a tough old WWII army bag I’d inherited from my grandfather. At the time, I was working as an illustrator, and the artistic side of me knew what I wanted it to look and feel like. Joe is a commercial diver; he’s in a marine setting every day, so he knew what had to be done to make the bags durable. He focused on the function, I focused on aesthetics, and together we made the kind of surfboard bag we thought ought to exist.

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Once we showed people the bags we made, they were really well-received; it was so much fun to make them that I just kept designing. Whenever I needed something, I’d ask myself if I could make it better myself, in my own style. The result has been a whole line of products: beach bags, totes, dog leashes, bike bags and our new collection of wooden handplanes for body surfing. They’re all made from simple, classic materials and designed for a life spent by the sea.

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In school I studied to be a graphic artist, so I never dreamed I’d be sewing full time one day. My grandmother, who taught me to sew when I was a child, would probably be surprised too. It works beautifully, though, because it combines my love of the ocean with my creativity. I get to focus on what I’m passionate about and share it with others who feel the same way. Plus, running my own business means that my boss doesn’t mind when I sneak off to surf now and then!

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Thanks to Etsy, I’ve been able to connect with surfers and ocean-lovers worldwide. One of my favorite parts of having a direct link to my customers is being able to share stories and hear what surfing is like in their part of the world. It feels good to be creating things that will be part of other people’s lives and go with them on their adventures.

All photographs by The Atlantic Ocean.

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Surf TShirt Neon Pink & Orange White Tee Waves Surfer Girl Gift
Surf TShirt Neon Pink & Orange White Tee Waves Surfer Girl Gift
theAtlanticOcean
$32.00 USD
Gray Canvas Surfboard Bag Surf Sock Grey Board Bag by Chapman at Sea
Gray Canvas Surfboard Bag Surf Sock Grey Board Bag by Chapman at Sea
theAtlanticOcean
$160.00 USD
Gray Canvas Tote Large Beach Bag Beach Tote Burlap Grey Canvas Stripe Sandbag
Gray Canvas Tote Large Beach Bag Beach Tote Burlap Grey Canvas Stripe Sandbag
theAtlanticOcean
$98.00 USD
Gray Khaki Canvas Zipper Pouch Monogram Clutch
Gray Khaki Canvas Zipper Pouch Monogram Clutch
theAtlanticOcean
$48.00 USD
Neon Pink Orange Beach Bag Tribal Print Tote Canvas Jute - The Sandbag - Surf Tribe Boho Aztec
Neon Pink Orange Beach Bag Tribal Print Tote Canvas Jute - The Sandbag - Surf Tribe Boho Aztec
theAtlanticOcean
$138.00 USD
Rope Dog Leash - Black Leather with Tassel
Rope Dog Leash - Black Leather with Tassel
theAtlanticOcean
$58.00 USD
Mini Acrylic Painting / Blue Peach Gold Pastel Cactus /Lil Rambler
Mini Acrylic Painting / Blue Peach Gold Pastel Cactus /Lil Rambler
theAtlanticOcean
$60.00 USD
Gray Canvas Tote Beach Bag Khaki Canvas Purse Mini Sandbag
Gray Canvas Tote Beach Bag Khaki Canvas Purse Mini Sandbag
theAtlanticOcean
$88.00 USD
Large Jute Burlap Beach Bag Oversized Tote
Large Jute Burlap Beach Bag Oversized Tote
theAtlanticOcean
$38.00 USD
Leather Tassel / Gold Keychain / White Grey Pink Blush Nude
Leather Tassel / Gold Keychain / White Grey Pink Blush Nude
theAtlanticOcean
$29.00 USD
Pink Hibiscus Large Zipper Pouch / iPad Case / Clutch Bag Hand Embroidered Reclaimed Fabric
Pink Hibiscus Large Zipper Pouch / iPad Case / Clutch Bag Hand Embroidered Reclaimed Fabric
theAtlanticOcean
$88.00 USD
Pink Dog Leash / Rose & Gold / Rope Dog Leash Blush Wedding
Pink Dog Leash / Rose & Gold / Rope Dog Leash Blush Wedding
theAtlanticOcean
$58.00 USD
Surfboard Bag Surf Bag Board Cover // Natural Khaki Canvas Stripes
Surfboard Bag Surf Bag Board Cover // Natural Khaki Canvas Stripes
theAtlanticOcean
$160.00 USD
Rope Dog Leash - Charcoal Grey - Pet Lead - Italian Leather Tassel
Rope Dog Leash - Charcoal Grey - Pet Lead - Italian Leather Tassel
theAtlanticOcean
$58.00 USD
Bridesmaid Gift Tote Bag / Beach Bag Bridal Gift / 5 Bag Set Discount
Bridesmaid Gift Tote Bag / Beach Bag Bridal Gift / 5 Bag Set Discount
theAtlanticOcean
$441.00 USD
White Whale Animal Pillow Baby Gift Nursery Decor
White Whale Animal Pillow Baby Gift Nursery Decor
theAtlanticOcean
$38.00 USD
Jute Burlap Beach Bag The Sandbag Large Beach Tote
Jute Burlap Beach Bag The Sandbag Large Beach Tote
theAtlanticOcean
$98.00 USD
Blue Waves Zipper Pouch / Block Printed Travel Case iPad Mini Cover
Blue Waves Zipper Pouch / Block Printed Travel Case iPad Mini Cover
theAtlanticOcean
$48.00 USD
Khaki Burlap Bottom Beach Bag Jute Tote The Sandbag
Khaki Burlap Bottom Beach Bag Jute Tote The Sandbag
theAtlanticOcean
$98.00 USD

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