We’re a little late, but welcome to 2014. It has started with our head buried in work, and looks like we’ll continue on that trend. This year, however, we’re breaking old habits and forming new ones, like actually going outside more (!!) instead of staying in the studio. I joined the YMCA at the end of last year, and happy to report I’ve actually been since we joined (major accomplishment). Do me a favor and ask me in March when was my last visit, ok? According to Leo, if you say you are something outloud, it can help change your mindset to becoming that. I am someone that goes to the Y, and not just for the steam room.
At the start of the year, I always like to plan out trips to look forward to. Right now I am looking at where I will travel this summer to teach leather tooling workshops. Last summer had me on the West Coast, and I’m wondering where to go next. Where do you think I should go?
Last month I met up with the talented Madesmith team while visiting Brooklyn and we had a great time chatting about work, life, and the American-made movement. Today, Canoe launches as a featured artisan on their shop, which I’m thrilled about. I’ve been watching Madesmith since they first started and have loved reading their interviews with artists and designers. Check out the Canoe interview here and shop our collection on Madesmith, just in time for the holidays.
photo by Triple Max Tons
FELIZ is back and happening this weekend in Austin! I am so excited for this year’s new line up, including such talent like Tiro Tiro, Fail, Hey Murphy, Alyson Fox, Proud Mary, and so many more. I started FELIZ last year with my friend Abby Powell Thompson, and it’s grown into so much more than I had dreamed. I am extremely grateful to the multi-talented Leigh Patterson and Laura Uhlir who took the reins this year and have done such a beautiful job.
The weekend kicks off on Saturday evening with a launch party at Public School (1021 E. 7th St) from 5-8pm, with cocktails and food provided by Salt & Time. There will be a silent auction of FELIZ goods on Saturday, with all proceeds benefiting our friends at Girls Guild. The big event takes place this Sunday from 10-6pm at the Palm Door (401 Sabine St, Austin, TX) and is free to attend. They’ll be drinks, sunny skies, beautiful wares, and I hope to see you there, friends.
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.
I’ve been thinking a lot this summer about growth and how to build a solid foundation for Canoe. There have been countless conversations with successful business owners across the US, listening A LOT, asking questions, and feeling out my own conclusions. I have had a winding path to get where I am today, which I’m really grateful for; it means I have more experiences to draw on and support from a very diverse group of friends. This summer has felt like a turning point, one I’ve been working towards for a long time.
- Vote for Canoe at American Made
As part of this growth, I’ve applied to the Martha Stewart American Made 2013 contest and hope you’ll take a minute to check out my profile and Vote for Canoe! Please share with your friends and help us get the word out. I’m excited to see where we go next. Thanks for sticking around for the ride, friends!
I’m so excited to share our new Fall collection for Canoe, a home goods line! We’ve been working hard on this new collection all summer and shared it with our workshop attendees in California. The home goods line includes catch all trays in perfectly useful sizes, tooled light switch plates, coasters, and napkin rings. Check out the full collection at the Canoe shop and let us know what you think!
all photos by Chris Perez
This summer is filled with lots of travel dreams coming true. In addition to hanging out at Dream Collective on 7/20, I’ll also be teaching a leather tooling workshop at General Store in Los Angeles on Sunday, 7/21 and in San Francisco on Saturday, 7/27, both 2-5pm. Are you free? Can you join us? I have limited spots available in each workshop, so sign up early to reserve your space.
Who doesn’t want to spend an afternoon in a gorgeous space like this?
I’m excited to hit the road in July and bring our leather tooling workshops to California! Join me on Saturday, July 20th from 11am-2pm at Dream Collective (1404 Micheltorena St, LA, CA) to learn all about leathercraft. Tickets are limited and have already started flying, so reserve your spot right here. Dream Collective is one of my favorite shops I’ve never been to in person, so I’m pumped to spend the afternoon hanging out in this beautiful space with such beautiful work.
I’ll also be teaching a workshop on Sunday, July 21st (more on that later), too, in case you’ve already got hot plans for Saturday.
A few weeks ago I had some wonderful company in the studio for a Leather Tooling workshop. This was the first of many workshops to be held in our new space. The picture above perfectly captures what I always envisioned– great folks coming together around a large work table, experimenting with new techniques, learning from each other, and having a great time.
In addition to running Canoe, I also am an assistant professor in graphic design, so I’m no stranger to leading a class. It’d been a few weeks since the semester had ended and the workshop was a perfect reminder of why I love what I do. It’s truly magical to sit down with a group of folks, share what you know, give them tools, and watch them make and experiment. I was really impressed by the tooling patterns they created and great dye techniques used. Thank you to everyone who came out!
I’ll post student work a bit later. If you missed this class, but are interested in talking a workshop, check out our summer schedule here. We’ll be teaching this workshop in Austin again in the fall, so hop on our mailing list to get notified (in the right hand column). We’re also thinking about offering an advanced course for those who’ve taken this class. What do you think?
The second issue of Synonym is now available. I’ve been loving this smart bi-annual magazine; each issue provides a wealth of inspiration just in time for summer.