Patsy and Edwin Sasek began their art and work together when they were married over 25 years ago. Both are award winning artists and published writers and they have been combining their talents to conduct retreats, workshops, organize art shows, serve on boards, create art, and build community.
Edwin worked for 27 years as a hospice chaplain. In addition, he is a spiritual director, painter, poet and photographer. With a degree in Textile Science and Fashion Design from UT-Austin, Patsy started Mustard Seed Designs over 35 years ago as a business in which she designed and manufactured purses and accessories. Today, the business includes the artwork and photography of both artists as well as a line of greeting cards, fabric design for their daughter’s fashion line Cosima, marketing and writing. Together they founded ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying. a 501(C)(3) nonprofit, and built the ABODE Home, a place that provides a home and care for those in need at the end of life.
Their newest venture is a gallery space called Las Almas which means “The Souls.” Mustard Seed Designs has one of the two businesses in the light-filled gallery along with Kathy Cody Gallaway’s Intermezzo Gallery. They represent not only their own artwork, but also that of local and regional artists of note. The gallery also carries their line of cards, unique jewelry and gifts made in Texas as well as Fair Trade Guatemalan art, accessories and clothing. Edwin roasts his own coffee and brews it for the shop. A portion of sales from cards and coffee help support the ABODE Home.