Conversations about Design

Recently I sat down with Clementine Daily to chat about design, life, and my role as an assistant professor. In addition to Canoe, I also teach communication design at Texas State University.

Erin Anacker and I had a great conversation on her podcast “Behind the Fold” about teaching and typography. You can listen to that interview here. It’s probably the most in-depth interview I’ve ever given and we had a lot of fun talking about winding career paths and doing what you love.

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SXSW Bolo Workshop

SXSW is here in full force, and I’ll be hosting a bolo making workshop on Friday, March 15th from 1-3pm at the Airbnb Park. There are only 30 spots in the free workshop, so reserve your spot here. All tools will be provided, and folks will walk away with their own leather tooled bolo. If you won’t be in town, you can always snag your own bolo in our shop.

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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?

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Canoe at Madesmith

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.

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FELIZ 2013

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.

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Trans-Pecos Trip, 9/12-15

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.

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Building a business

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!

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Home Goods at Canoe

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


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Workshop at General Store, LA + San Francisco

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.

General Store

Who doesn’t want to spend an afternoon in a gorgeous space like this?

General Store

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Workshop at Dream Collective, Los Angeles

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.

Dream Collective

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.

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