Trans-Pecos Trip, 9/12-15

Ya'll know I will jump at any excuse to head back to Marfa. Thankfully, the Trans-Pecos Music Festival is happening next weekend, which means we're heading back West! I'm excited to be teaching a leather tooling workshop on Friday, September 13th at El Cosmico--snag your tickets right here before you go, as spots are limited.

We'll also be set up from Thursday-Saturday as a festival vendor, so you can shop to your heart's content for that perfect memento from the trip. Pick up some hair clips you've been eyeing, or that leather catch all tray for the bedside table. You'll also get to shop the work of KKDW, woodworker extraordinaire Kelly DeWitt.

Slowing down

Marfa Doorway by Natalie Davis Summer has officially begun. After so many months of go-go-go, I am slowing down to think and make, read and listen. I've been looking forward to this exact moment for months, but it's perplexing. I'm having to relearn what it means to go slow, to stop multi-tasking, and to focus. Truth be told, it's feels weird to have time on my hands. Part of me feels guilty, watching others close to me run at max speed while I am slowing down. But, I know that it will take some time to adjust and create a new rhythm for these next few months. I have big plans in store, including workshops and trips to visit inspiring places and people. In between the travel, I'll be incubating in the studio. Sketching, making, sewing, tooling, laughing, thinking, and who knows, maybe getting in a swim or two at Barton Springs.

How do you all slow down?

Road trip to West Texas

Driving to West Texas from Austin was surreal and inspiring. The forecast for the drive out said heavy showers, which you have to take with a grain of salt in Texas. We pray for rain, but that doesn't mean it's coming. Thankfully, though, the rain did come and it poured pretty hard for the last three hours of our drive in the desert. After a long summer, you could feel a grateful sigh of relief from the downpour.

Driving to West Texas by Natalie Davis

Driving back was a completely different experience, as suddenly we could clearly see the mountains and those huge Texas skies. For a 7-hour drive, we saw about 3-4 hours of this kind of magic out the window.

Driving to West Texas by Natalie Davis

Leather Tooling Workshop

Canoe Leather Tooling Workshop, 9/30/12 This weekend marked my first trip out to Marfa, TX for our Girls Guild Leather Tooling workshop as part of the Trans-Pecos Music Festival. We had an amazing group of folks sign up for the class and spent the early afternoon hammering away on leather scraps. Each participant walked away with their own shield key chain, tooled and dye by them.

Canoe Leather Tooling Workshop, 9/30/12

Folks caught on really quickly and we managed to finish our key chains in record time, aided by some strong West Texas sunshine to dry our leather quickly for dying and finishing.

Canoe Leather Tooling Workshop, 9/30/12

I'd like to give a special thank you to Cheyenne and Diana of Girls Guild, Callie Thompson, and Ginger from El Cosmico for putting this all together! Big shout out to my workshop assistant, McCall, for helping me manage the insane amount of gear I brought for the event.