Posts in CRAFT
Artist Feature: Cait Courneya

Cait Courneya is an illustrator, painter, and surface designer living and working in Minneapolis, MN. She is soon to launch her Fall 2018 collection of new products, prints, and textiles and I can’t wait to see what kind of dreamy goodness she shares next. Read a little more about Cait and drool over her work in this blog post.

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CRAFT: Black & White - Twelve Quilts

I love the intersection of heritage craft and contemporary design, for nothing wonderful is ever wholly new. It's always a combination of influences and ideas. Whether these disparate ideas are taken from different cultures, periods of time, or methods of construction new thoughts combined with old-school techniques (or vice versa) is always compelling and so very beautiful.

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CRAFT: Denim Rag Rugs, Blue Jeans, and American Handicraft

It is the very human need for textiles that makes them such compelling pieces of art. Most always pieces like Jay's indigo fabrics and my mothers woolen hooked rugs are incredibly time-intensive and crazy-laborious to create. Once finished, they are beautiful, as it's almost as if a bit of the other person's soul is captured in the custom piece you now hold in your hands.

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SHOP: Mountains vs. Plains Holiday Cards

The holidays can be a great time of year -- full of exhilaration, exciting plans, and welcome surprises. And they can also be bummer-y. The Christmas music is everywhere. The airports are crowded. And the people? They're all grumpy. And so for all the fun and feel-good vibes we expect to get from now until the 25th, there can be an added element of seriousness created by all our hysterical efforts to make things feel WONDERFUL! with a capital W. It's enough to squelch all the good humor and Christmas cheer we work to cultivate. I guess what I'm trying to say is this: that even during this most jubilant month of December, there are times when we just need a good belly-laugh. An LOL. Hell -- even a seldom used ROTFL.

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GEAR: Crescioni

Handmade in Los Angeles, California, Crescioni pieces are designed to age and weather over time. Argentinian Vegetable-tanned leathers darken and soften with wear. Natural brass tarnishes after prolonged use. While the design is bold and minimal, there is something organic and casual about all of her designs that make Crescioni pieces super wearable and decidedly western.

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MUSES: Emmylou 

"Animals have a much better attitude to life and death than we do. They know when their time has come. We are the ones that suffer when they pass, but it's a healing kind of grief that enables us to deal with other griefs that are not so easy to grab hold of. I think one of the keys to any kind of peace in the world is to live in the moment. I guess that's why I love dogs so much, because they are so in the moment. They just keep bringing you back to that." — Emmylou Harris

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CRAFT: Winter Session Coffee and Leather Workshop

If I was lucky enough to be in and/or around Denver next week, I would most certainly be attending Winter Session's latest event -- a Ladies Coffee and Leather Workshop. Madison Chandler of Blue Door Coffee will be walking you through the ins and outs of bespoke coffee roasting, and afterwards Tanya Fleisher of Winter Session will be offering instruction on how to make your very own leather amulet necklace, as well as how to customize said amulet with healing herbs and gemstones

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Garza Marfa Furniture: How A Husband + Wife Design Duo Craft a Life Of Their Own in West Texas

Enveloped in the endless space of Presidio county, with it’s boundless sightline of grassy scrub and heaven-scraping Sotol plants, lies the studio of Jamey Garza and Constance Holt-Garza. The couple launched their line of modern furniture in 2012, during a debut show at San Francisco’s Heath Ceramics titled ‘Marfa Amigos.’ Shortly thereafter photos of the pair’s oval chairs and exquisite pillows made from Bolivian frazadas began populating both my blogroll and my daydreams. I made a photo of their saddle leather chair my desktop screensaver, and taped images of Garza Marfa’s unique and zen-like Southwestern silhouettes to my refrigerator. I fell in love with the minimalistic, high-desert design language of their pieces -- so distinctly expressive of the arid and expansive landscapes I love.

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CRAFT: marvin freitas

Minnesota is home to many an intrepid creative. I am inclined to think this due in part to our incredibly long winters, as the hibernating conditions here are prefect fodder for hunkering down to W O R K.And so, a clothing line is designed, a blog is penned, a record is released, or spoons are carved. In the case of modern furniture designer and maker Marvin Freitas; furniture is built.

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CRAFT: Ceramics from Memphis' 'Paper and Clay'

Paper&Clay delights with a whimsical array of sophisticated tints and a wholly fresh take on forms. Now based in Memphis, TN the discovery of  promising young ceramist Brit McDaniels and her charming range may have just made my weekend. Minimal and sophisticated, I am particularly fond of Brit's color palette -- fresh mints, subtle blush, and cool greys.

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CRAFT: busk + bask

Adam and Danise Nance are the married makers behind Busk and Bask, a minimalistic design studio located in southern Nevada. Here, just outside of Las Vegas, the two spend their days crafting veg-tanned leather goods inspired by their love of the west and their home near the Mojave Desert.

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AVEC L'HOMME: sam larson of steel bison

Sam Larson is the accomplished creative behind Steel Bison. Everything Sam does for his explosively internet-famous line of Western ephemera possesses a strong visual identity that marks his work as decidedly his own. The visual language is dialed-in and on-point simply because Sam knows himself, what he likes, what inspires him, and acts accordingly. 

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CRAFT: scout by two

Bookended between the sartorial dictations of urban Brooklyn and rural Alabama, where each now reside, their line of accessories launched last year is built upon tenants of practicality and ease of use. The result is something equally at home in both the Shoals and the streets of Greenpoint.

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CRAFT: Station to Station - A Nomadic Happening

Exactly one week from today,  a train of four railway cars will arrive at Minneapolis/Saint Paul's Union Station.

Hosted by Levi's, Station to Station has been billed as a 'Nomadic Happening.' It is more of a traveling art exhibit and collaborative gathering than your usual brand promo party with free PBR.

Artists to be represented at the event include Fritz Haeg, Doug Aitken, Kate Casanova Urs Fischer, Ed Ruscha, and Stephen Shore. Food will be curated by the venerable Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, with all proceeds to support the Edible Schoolyard Project.

At each stop,  a different mix of makers and performers will be present. If you're in Barstow, Winslow, or Santa Fe, Cat Power will perform and you'll have a chance to meet Logan Caldbeck and Colt Miller of Cobra Rock Boot Company. If in New York or Pittsburg you'll see No Age and Forestbound.

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