Canoe is a finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made 2014 competition! Online voting begins September 15-October 13, so take a moment to vote for your favorites. We’re excited to be selected and competing with such a talented group of makers. You can vote for Canoe right here.
This week I am heading to New York to show at NY Now with American Design Club (booth #4270 in Accent on Design). Showing at NY Now has been a goal of mine for seven years, and the time is finally right for me to be there and be ready for it. For those not in the product design business, I describe this show as the Superbowl for wholesale.
I’ve talked with countless friends and mentors about this step over the years, and I am amazed at how calm I feel mere days from leaving. I’ve had to be patient and disciplined, knowing that the right time will come for me. The patient part isn’t easy, but it’s one of the most important values I am cultivating with Canoe. For me, it’s about slow and steady growth, not a quick race. Leather work has taught me so much about moving slowly through the process and enjoying each step, being present and aware. I’ve been training new apprentices this month and the sentiment I keep repeating to them is, “Leather work is a long process. Be patient with it and yourself.”
Join me on Saturday, July 12th from 2-4pm for a Pop Up shop at Madewell at the Domain (11501 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin, TX 78759). We’ll have champagne cocktails, salumi from Salt & Time, and some special surprises. I’ll be curating a rack of Canoe looks, tomboy style naturally. Here are some of my current favs:Pin It
As a designer, I spend a lot of time thinking about how I work and live in my space, both at home and in the studio. I’m quite particular about functionality and the beauty of the objects that surround me. Ever since my days as a shop girl at the beloved Rare Device, I’ve dreamt of having a beautiful space to pack orders. A weird thing to fixate on, but when you devote entire days to shipping boxes, these things take on a new significance.
When I moved into my current studio space, I started sketching out an ideal packing station and a way to store the space-sucking packing peanuts used for shipping. I have hidden packing peanuts under rugs, in closets, and under my bed for many years. Now, I wanted to proudly display them in a way that felt intentional and not just “that’ll do for now.”
That’s what motivated this 2-week long project. Aided by my apprentice Anna, we put together a DIY project that took on an odd significance. This became my Field of Dreams, if you will. Build it, and you will ship boxes non-stop. So we did. It prompted me to spend 2 days indigo dying, which is a lovely way to spend your days, folks. I had dreamt of an shibori-dyed packing peanut station, and we made it come true with only one trip to home depot, which is a miracle itself.
The bag itself measures 5′ tall and hangs off a pulley system. Due to the metal ceiling of my studio, we built a small shelf to hang the pulley instead of randomly drilling into sheet metal. We used these instructions as our guide, adapting it to be a drawstring bag for a slimmer silhouette. It has a hot air balloon quality to it that I admire. Since installing it, I often find myself gazing at this new piece of equipment with wonder. Who knew office equipment could inspire such feelings?
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.
Join us on Saturday, June 14th, from 12-4pm for a afternoon at West Elm in Austin (1011 W.5th St)! We’re excited to hang out with a few of our favorite Austin makers, Fail Jewelry and Leah Duncan, good friends and real talents. There will be drinks and snacks, along with some beautiful wares to shop. Swing by and say hello! It should be a lovely afternoon.
I’m excited to be joining a wonderful group of women on Thursday, May 22nd for a panel discussion on creativity. Join us for the CRAVE Fuel event at Spruce Upholstery (6611 N. Lamar Blvd). I’ll be speaking with Amanda Brown (Spruce), Maura Ambrose (Folk Fibers), Chelsea Fullerton (Go Forth), and Jessica Sanders (Drink.Well). Reserve your spot here.Pin It
I’ll be in NY from May 17-20th as part of the Designboom Mart at ICFF, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. If you’ll be in town, swing by and say hello! Designboom features up and coming designers from around the world and I’m excited to be a part of the mix.
I’m opening the studio doors and inviting you to join me in a leather tooling workshop on Saturday, June 7th in our east Austin studio. The workshop will cover the basics of working with leather, focusing on tooling to make your own custom key chain. All materials and tools will be provided, and you’ll have a finished key chain just in time for Father’s day.
Here are some examples of the key chains made in workshops last summer:
Spots are filling up, so reserve your seat for the workshop right here.Pin It