We don’t know about you but we love the unique collectibles. Something that you can’t just walk into a store and buy. We had the chance to sit down with Matt and Angie from Freakshow Designs. This wonderful couple works hard creating customized skull lamps and their new hot sauce that is sure to leave your taste buds wanting more.
GT: For those who aren’t familiar with Freakshow Designs why don’t you tell us about your company?
FS: We have always been creative and crafty long before we met each other. When we got together, it was a constant back and forth of inspiration and ideas. Encouragement and a willingness to try anything. It started when Matt began teaching me how to make a costume for a convention. One day we were out and about and went into a shop that carried various skulls, which we love and collect. Matt thought how neat it would be to make something functional, fun, and artistic with a skull idea in mind. I started decoupaging one as a test. It came out great. Matt took it further saying how cool they’d look on a lamp. Boom! We made about 20 lamps to test the waters at Spooky Empire in May of 2014. The response was extremely positive and we’ve been going ever since.
We didn’t even have a name yet, but our love for clowns and creepy circus stuff led us to create our mascot Dexter and name our company Freakshow Designs.
GT: What’s it like working together as husband and wife?
FS: Matt is my best friend. I learn so much from him on executing ideas. The encouragement he’s given me is an incredible gift. Do we disagree? You bet. But as Buster says in Misery: “Its just that kind of sarcasm that’s giving our marriage real spice!” We share the same sense of humor. We inspire each other. We learn from each other. Our passion for horror and all things “geeky” keep our heads full of fun ideas.
GT: What formal training do you have to make the awesome lamps and other twisted creations you come up with?
FS: Neither one of us has had any kind of training. I come from a family of artists and comedians, and I learned so much from them. I knew a cubicle job was never going to make me happy. My only regret is not doing these things sooner, but I guess it took finding Matt to break me out of my shell. In Matt’s case, he too, grew up in a creative environment. His dad, sister, and brother are all talented. Matt’s a doer. A lot of trial and error. He learns by doing. It’s quite impressive. I’m pretty convinced that he could build a spaceship in our carport that would actually work!
GT: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
FS: Inspiration for us really can come from anywhere. Flea markets, craft stores. We can look at something plain and we start thinking of ways to make it better. But In all honesty, we have the horror industry to thank. We both grew up as fans. It’s become the backbone of our lives.
GT: Your newest Product is your Sideshow Hot Sauces and preserves. I was lucky enough to try these tasty new treats at Coffee Shop of Horrors where you held a tasting. I must say I’m hooked. What made you change the direction from lamps to food products?
FS: Matt worked in the restaurant business for 20 years as a bartender. He’s had a passion for cooking for a long time. Ever since I met him, he is always looking for ways to reinvent foods and flavors, and always wanted to try making sauces. In typical Matt fashion, he got the idea, went out to the store, and started playing with recipes. So far he’s created 6 very unique flavors.
The six flavors include:
Bubba The Redneck Werewolf (Bourbon)
Tortured Souls (tomatillo and jalepeno)
The Bearded Lady ( Peach Ginger habanero)
Vamp Slayer (roasted garlic and red chili)
Siren of the keys (key lime and Serrano)
The 4 horsemen of the apocalypse sauce (reaper, scorpion, ghost, scotch bonnet)
We are hoping to have all featured at Spooky Empire retro provided all fresh ingredients can be obtained. We also will have jams, pickled items as well.
GT: What are your plans for the future?
FS: We definitely have plans for the future in addition to all we are making now. As our skills improve in all areas I’m certain more ideas will sprout up . We’ve got no plans to stop now. It’s been a hell of a ride and the people we’ve met and the friendships we’ve made are priceless.
GT: Where can our readers find you if they’d like to order one of your lamps or tickle their taste buds?
FS: Our website is just about ready www.freakshow-designs.com
You can also find us on instgram @sawisfamily
And look for us on Facebook as well.
If you’d like to see us in person, we are fortunate to share a space with our wonderful friends at Coffee Shop of Horrors in Montverde
16937 Lakeside Dr, Montverde, FL 34756
Come on in for coffee! We also have some lamps there on display, and all the sauces will eventually be sold there.