Monday, October 31, 2011

Where Good Ideas Come From

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.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011


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.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Meet the Makers Happy Hour
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.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tool & Tack Giveaway
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!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New Canoe Collection!


Our new collection of Canoe key chains is now available in the shop! We're working with a much heavier leather, 9oz, and hand tooling and dying each piece. All edges are finished with beeswax for protection, and sealed with oil. All hardware is heavy brass. Check out the full collection online and let us know what you think.

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Thursday, October 06, 2011

Behind the curtain
I love this quote by Ira Glass, one of my favorite writers/producers. School starts back up this week, and I want to start all of my first lectures with his quote. This being creative gig is not easy. There are many days when you feel like a failure because your work isn't at the right level yet, or it's not getting the reaction/attention you had hoped for. No one said it was easy, and if they did, they were lying. It's hard everyday, some more than others. But when it's good, when you actually make what you've been visualizing in your head, when you surprise yourself with how right it is, those days make up for it all.

I needed this reminder today, as we get into crunch time for the Tool & Tack event, and I am spending so much time promoting and what feels like less time actually making; those kind of days are frustrating. My summer/fall has been insane with events, and looking back I have no clue how I did it. It's not totally over, but after Tool & Tack, I get a bit of a breather, as I am not doing any holiday shows. Not doing a holiday show is a scary thought for a maker. But, I have bigger plans in the works that need attention and care (including myself), so I am taking a risk and saying, "no". Scratch another one off my new year's resolutions!

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

For the ladies
Scouting the field Bikini cover up Left my heart in Texas
Canoe works so well for ladies, don't you think? Some lovely images of Kaylan, photographed by Abby Powell. You can find our smaller Canoe sizes at Dog and Pony (2712 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX).

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Scenes from Bows+Arrows
Canoe Pop Up at Bows+Arrows 
This weekend we had an amazing time at the Bows+Arrows Pop Up shop. After a few days away in Oakland, it was nice to come home to a Canoe event filled with friends new and old. The night also ended with drinks at Justine's, a favorite late night spot, so I went to bed happy.

Canoe signage + keychainscanoe Key Chains
We launched our new Fall collection of Canoe key chains, which will be up on the online shop shortly. Stay tuned to more sneak peeks this week and next of all the new products we'll be launching at Tool and Tack, which is just around the corner now (Saturday, 10/15). If you haven't been already, visit the blog and check out what the other vendors have been posting, including inspiration behind the goods and great sneak peeks.

In prep for the big day, we visited Gray Duck Gallery to discuss details and meet with our lovely florist, Mary Kathryn of Loretta Flower, and our photographer, Joe Gomez. Here's a look at our raw space--wait til you see what we have in store! I love scheming about merchandising and building displays with other creatives.

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