Avid yogis, Jamahl and Evangelina Coleman, founded One by Sun with a desire to infuse the practice of yoga with inspiration and the freedom of expression. Jamahl’s entrepreneurial spirit combined with Evangelina’s artistic background set the foundation for the creation of OBS’ first product line…hand painted yoga mats.
Evangelina gained her visual arts training at the University of Toronto, where she thrived in Oil Painting. "My style is bold and impressionistic, I love seeing the artist's hand in their pieces through their brush stroke movement. There's just a visceral quality to art that has texture and depth - it really touches you."
This concept got the couple thinking about applying the same embodied experience to their yoga practice with their mat as the medium.
Evangelina started sketching designs and experimenting with different painting styles and textures. She drew from their own lifestyle and culture for inspiration. Jamahl is the son of Jamaican immigrants and Evangelina was born in Chile. "Our home is filled with Caribbean and Latin American art, textiles and music, so these motifs are very much a part of the work."
Each yoga mat design was thoughtfully created over the span of a full year. Learn more about The Mats!
Driven by the success of the mats, Evangelina's newest venture is printed pouches/clutches and totes that she hand makes from her own original hand painted designs. "I'm so excited about our newest product line! These are great, because girls can use them every day and they're super functional and cute." The bags are all made from 100% organic hemp material and created by hand in the Toronto Studio.