Still finished up your holiday shopping? If you're in Austin, join us on Monday, 12/19 from 6-9pm for a holiday shopping party at Spartan. We'll be set up with our Tool & Tack Holiday gift boxes, sampling some salami from Salt & Time. Loretta Flower will also be there with wreaths and garlands to deck your halls, and of course there will be cocktails. There are always cocktails, thank god.
215 South Lamar, Suite D, Austin, TX
Monday, December 19th from 6-9pm RSVP here
If you're in Austin this weekend, be sure to stop by the 1st Renegade Craft Fair holiday show, happening at Palmer Events Center from 11am-6pm on Saturday and Sunday. I won't be vending, but several of my friends will be selling, along with the AIGA AIA Student Group that I mentor. My students have been working extremely hard on their booth, which will feature a super fun Time Capsule activity for the whole family. Be sure to stop by, make a time capsule for yourself, and check out their beautiful posters, prints, cards, and other goodies.
While thinking about inspiration, I stumbled upon an interesting book by Steven Johnson called "Where Good Ideas Come From." This book trailer provides a wonderful primer to the topic, not to mention being extremely entertaining. I often struggle between the amount of time I spend looking for inspiration, and the amount of time I spend actually making, sketching, or thinking. Some days the internet feels evil, like it's out there to just suck up all our time. In truth, it's not; it just requires us all to be more disciplined and aware of how we spend our time (not a bad thing).
One of the most interesting points Johnson touches upon is that ideas take time, and sometimes we can't see them clearly--we need a trigger or something else to happen so they can be revealed to us. I can testify to that exact experience. I know I have struggled through finding my place as a designer for years; it's not easy to classify what exactly I do. I do a lot of things, and that's a good thing. It's taken me years to understand that ultimately, I love making objects, creating patterns, and working with tactile materials.
Introducing a few of our pieces from our fail+CANOE jewelry collaboration. fail+CANOE is a collaboration between Austin artists Christine Fail
(Fail) and myself (Canoe). Combining our shared love of the
dramatic Texas landcsape, fail+CANOE presents a rustic yet refined
collection of hammered brass and leather jewelry for both men and women. Available in our Canoe shop.
Today is our kick-off of Tool and Tack, with a happy hour event at Schatzelein (1713 S.1st st, near Annie st) from 4-6pm tonight. Swing by to meet and chat with Christine Fail, owner of Schatzelein, Matt Pierce of Wood & Faulk, and myself. There will be wine, cheese, and some sweet (not literally) pâtés from the talented Jackie of Pâté Letelier. Hope to see you there!!
Now back to work as we wrap up the last-minute details for Saturday.
Our Tool and Tack event is coming up fast (this Saturday, 10/15 from 4-9pm), and to celebrate we're part of this great giveaway! Featuring two Canoe leather key chains, a Forage birthday bow tie, a Wood & Faulk belt cut to your size, and the Gorge necklace by Fail+Canoe, worth over $240 in value.
To enter, just leave a comment on the Tool and Tack Giveaway post and tell us who embodies a modern
gentleman to you. One winner will be chosen.
The deadline for comment entries is Friday, October 15th at 10pm EST.
Limited to US residents only. The winner will be announced on the Tool and Tack on Monday, 10/17/11 and notified by email. Good luck!
Hello there. I'm Miss Natalie and this is my spot to gather bits of inspiration, photos from my world,
and ideas floating around in my head. Miss Natalie's studio is based in Austin, TX, where I craft handmade home goods, work as a freelance
print designer, tool leather, and teach typography. Sit down, take off your coat, and spend some time with us.