Pam Houston is the founder and creative visionary at the helm of startup company, Gino + Dot. Her creative roots are in the Bluegrass of Kentucky and where she first knew she was an artist at heart. As a lifelong entrepreneur, Pam has achieved much success operating for over two decades as a multi-disciplined professional artist centered in creative direction, fabric & graphic design, branding & strategy, interior decorating, and print manufacturing. Shifting focus to the surface textile design market, Pam has harnessed her creative talent into an all-female design firm located in warehouse studio space in Cincinnati, Ohio. This business fosters a workplace of fierce and loyal ladies, dedicated to honoring family importance while collaborating with local artisan makers.
Pam is no stranger to startups. At the age of 24, along with two talented and tenacious business partners, she started an advertising and marketing firm. Those years were filled with long and fast-paced days promoting the clients’ products and brands across the creative spectrum. 27 years later, it is a thriving, multi-million dollar business having expanded into three markets across the country.
Today, she has now merged her business skills and her passion for design, into a textile & surface design studio. Gino + Dot, named after her two grandmothers, is the décor product division of the studio, where Pam’s original pattern designs are developed into modern, one-of-a-kind products. She speaks on what inspires her to create lively patterns for the décor market.
“I work hard to interpret everyday floral and textural subjects into
fresh and modern motifs that appeal to today’s design-savvy
consumers. I tend to first explore the exaggerated close-up
perspective and then organically branch out from there. The final
designs must embrace my criteria of being modern and fresh with
asymmetric line work…that feels just slightly askew.”
“I also embrace the global hunt for one-of-a-kind
textiles, like vintage, hand-dyed fabrics with beautiful patterns made by
artisans around the world. We lovingly turn these treasures
into works of art in the form of décor pillows,
upholstered stools and table linens.”