We Are The Best!

I can't help but smile wide watching the trailer for "We Are The Best!, " a Swedish film by Lukas Moodysson. The film follows two 13-year-old best friends who are outcasts at their school for being punk rockers after punk is dead. But, guys, punk's not dead! The film was released in the US at the end of May, so find a theater near you and relive the volatile emotions of being 13.

The Artist is Present

HBO is currently airing the documentary "Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present" about Abramovic's 2010 MoMA retrospective. I've watched many clips from this performance piece, inspired by how powerful it can be to sit for a minute in silence in front of another person. It's a small moment, but when you see her committed to it for 90 days, 6 days a week, 7.5 hours a day, you feel the weight. The clip below is one of my favorites.

*update* I just came across a beautiful collection of photos from the exhibition shot by  Marco Anelli. These images have been compiled into a tumblr aptly called "Marina Abramovic Made Me Cry", one of the best tumblr names ever. It's so interesting to scroll through and see both the emotion and time stamp from each photo.

FELIZ Kicks Off Tonight

Canoe leather ornaments for West Elm Party Hi friends, sorry for the radio silence this last week. The studio has been in overdrive as we get ready for FELIZ, which kicks off tonight at West Elm Austin (1011 West 5th Street)!! Tonight's party runs from 6-8pm and I do hope you can make it out.

I've been working on tooled leather holiday ornaments, which I will be customizing for folks at the party tonight from 6-7pm.  Here's a photo of the ornaments just after being tooled--some are still drying (hence the darker leather). I'll be taking orders to add your initials or a friend's to these tonight, then dying/sealing them over the weekend. The final finished ornaments will be ready for pick up on Sunday at the big FELIZ sale on Sunday.

Speaking of Sunday, I'll have the entire Luna Collection with me for sale at the show, plus old favorites like the tooled key chains and other great gift items. Below is a small sampling of the blue Vortex wallets I'm bringing, also available in black, too. Can't wait to share these with folks and meet everyone!

Canoe Vortex wallets

Art Show opening this Friday, 10/5

As some of you know, in addition to running Canoe, I also teach graphic design at St. Edward's University here in Austin. This Friday is the opening reception for the Art & Design Faculty Show and I would love to see you there! I have two pieces in the group show, both focused on material experiments with leather. Join us on Friday, 10/5 from 6-8pm at the Fine Arts Gallery in the ARTS Building of St. Edward’s University (3001 S. Congress Ave, Austin, TX). The show runs from 10/5-10/19 and is open to the public.