It’s been over a year since my last note, and in that time I’ve focused on giving the studio space and breathing room. That’s an interesting practice, as my studio life hasn’t always been so calm. Less control, more trust. Less spreadsheets, more flow. That’s led me down the path of ceramics, and incorporating that medium with leather has kept my focus of late. The idea for these sculptures often comes in a flash, but the process, as always, to turn that into a reality is very slow, much like tooling leather. There are steps and sub-steps, prayers whispered to the kiln, surprises at each turn, and then figuring out how it all actually works. These are my favorite puzzles of late. See more of the latest here.
Join us on 4/9 for the opening reception of PHASES, a solo art exhibition at Kettle & Brine.Read More
It's a new year, and that means new workshop classes! Join us on Saturday, January 23rd in our east Austin studio for our Level 1 Tooling workshop. In the course of a fun afternoon, I'll show you the basics of leatherwork, including hand tooling, hand dyeing, and finishing your projects professionally. Each student will walk away with a custom hand tooled and dyed key chain they've crafted. Make the key chain for yourself or as a gift for Valentine's day! Spots are filling up quickly, so don't wait.Read More
Things have been quiet on the blog this past month as we've been focused on the holiday rush and taking some much needed time off to recoup. They don't call it holidaze for nothing, right? The days before and after New Year's are my favorite time of year as it seems like the whole world takes a deep breath in and reflects. That pause is so important and I hope you can set aside some time this week for yourself.
One year ago I had just left my day job and began pursuing Canoe full time. I wrote about that experience and pulled the curtain back to share a very honest story on Design*Sponge. Writing that essay was both challenging and liberating. The supportive feedback I received was a huge help this past year during difficult times and spurred me forward. Thank you for all the kindness you've shown me, whether on instagram, in-person at a show, or via email.
Earlier this month, I spoke with Jennifer Snyder about my journey for her fantastic podcast "Creating Your Own Path." We had a really wonderful talk about being patient and kind to yourself as you explore your passions. It's such an important lesson to learn and one I come back to often. I'll be taking that advice for 2016. Cheers to a very happy, joyful, and wonderful new year.
Our studio will be open this weekend as part of EAST, the East Austin Studio Tour. Come visit us at Canopy (916 Springdale Rd, Building 1, studio 223) from 11-5pm to see our gift sets, check out our new studio space, and check out the Open Road Chair in person! Bonus points if you bring pastries to share.