Petunkalunka quirky handmade jewelry in sophisticated silhouettes and funky faux suede. Hand-dyed colors combine with innovative design for a look that is completely unlike anything else around. The lightweight textile is animal-friendly and soft to the touch, and the simple elegance compliment every outfit.
Grumpy Skunk joined the family in June of 2013. Starting with acerbic skunk miniatures and five sarcastic greeting cards, the little offshoot grew to include hand-drawn journals and artwork. Now, greeting cards and journals continue to be one of the most popular items under the Petunkalunka umbrella.
As a small handmade business, Petunkalunka is dedicated the conservation of human life and the earth we inhabit. 15% of proceeds from Petunkalunka supports local nonprofits that focus on bettering the lives of people often overlooked by their neighbors. Grumpy Skunk supports local and national nature conservancy efforts through the featured animal lines that debuted in January 2014.
Here are the facts. Petunkalunka is a nickname bestowed on Laurel by her Trinidadian father. A more phonetic spelling would be peh-TOON-kah-LOON-kah. It is a Carib term of endearment, like sweet patootie. Laurel is a middle child. She can play the piano. Laurel began making jewelry courtesy of Klutz books and summer camps. Jewelry-making became a steady hobby while she was in college, and a business after she graduated and discovered that she did not want to do what she had spent college training to do.
From 2008 through 2012 Laurel lived in Japan, working as an Assistant Language Teacher for the Board of Education in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture. That is where she taught herself to play the ukulele, learned shodo (Japanese calligraphy), taiko, and earned a shodan (first degree) black belt in aikido. After returning from Japan, Laurel got involved in lindy hop, a vintage swing dance that threatens to overtake her whole life. She travels across the U.S. dancing and competing, has choreographed routines that blend vintage jazz movements and hip hop, and teaches in her hometown of Tulsa and in the surrounding areas. Tazers name will pop up all over the blog and Instagram; she is a German Wirehaired Pointer, German Shepherd mix that Laurel adopted from a couple whose hunting dog got knocked up. Tazer is a strange, clingy dog whose antics are featured on the @Petunkalunka Instagram account. Look up #TazerTuesdays for all the canine capers.
"The best part of this necklace is that it was made for me. The seller listened to what I like and used her creativity to make something that suited my style exactly. I couldn't be happier."
"I love this necklace. The moment I saw it I knew I had to have it. It goes with so many things in my wardrobe and I get complemented every time I wear it. I love that the buttons cover up the clasp too. Ingenious."
"Excellent transaction! I received a speedy response and a quality product!"
I wanted to be involved in the process and inner workings of this company! I love the product and wanted to take an active part in Petunkalunka and its fearless leader Laurel Ryan! I provide my artistic eye and graphic design skills to further improve the aesthetic of Petunkalunka. In my spare time, I attend school, lindy hop and create.