fail HOME launch

I am thrilled to announce the official launch of fail HOME!  I have been dreaming about a home collection for the past 2 years, and with the new studio setup, I was finally able to make this dream a reality.

The collection is built upon organic hand-cut and hammered brass pieces accented with vintage brass chain.  Some pieces are a bit more functional, while others are works of art meant to adorn your walls. I am so happy to see the first collection come together so well.

It was very exciting to take my aesthetic and realize it in another form.  You can definitely expect more of these projects in the future.  The entire collection is now available on the brand-new failjewelry.com and in select retailers nationwide.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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photographer: Jackie Lee Young
styling: Leigh Patterson

 

 

fail Spring 2013

I am please to present my spring 2014 collection, PecosBorn in West Texas, this collection takes its cues from the rugged landscape and soft dusty hues seen in the remote Texas desert.  I was once again inspired to use semi precious stones in unique ways, and I was also excited to incorporate bronze, along with the addition of Sunstone, Magnasite, Moss Agate & Pyrite.  Not a typical “pink girl” I found myself drawn to the dusty pinks of the desert sunset and it has quickly become my go to color for spring.  It blends in perfectly with my closet stocked full of neutrals and navy!

Browse our lookbook below, and shop the entire Pecos collection on the brand-new failjewelry.com!  Enjoy!

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photographer: Jackie Lee Young
model: Laura Burnette
styling: Leigh Patterson

Graham Keegan {designer}

I have been SO absent from the blog lately, but all for good reason.  I am launching a new website next week!!!!!  Its been a while in the works and we are finally seeing the end!  And as you know, we are also launching the new collection PECOS, and soon after will be the launch of fail HOME!  As you can imagine, Forge was falling lower and lower on the list of to-dos.

I was searching for a 1 year anniversary present for my lovely husband when I discovered the Etsy site for designer Graham Keegan.  If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you know I’m a sucker for Shibori right now.  Shibori is a traditional Japanese dying technique that uses binding, folding, stitching, twisting, and compressing to create patterns {The American version is the ubiquitous Tie-Dye}.

You can see why Graham’s pieces caught my eye, even though it was his leather pieces that originally brought me to his site.  I have included my favorites below but you can check out Graham Keegan’s website for the entire collection.  He’s also got information on his process, including a look at the bags he created in collaboration for the Marfa Film Festival.  Enjoy!

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West Texas Inspirations

After a crazy and hectic holiday, my husband and I are making it a tradition to get some R&R together in January.  No phones, emails, or internet needed!  Good air, good food, good wine, and hot tubs!  This year we headed out to West Texas and Big Bend and although I am a little embarrassed to say that it was my first time out to Big Bend, but it absolutely wont be my last!

The entire trip seemed to hit upon the theme of time and space and I found my attention drawn consantly to texture and color.  We were always looking out over huge expanses and vistas, or focusing at our feet at the smallest detail.  There was little in between. It was a truly inspiring landscape

Day 1 had us getting out of Austin a little late, but it didnt matter, we were leaving our timetables behind.  We stopped in Sonora on our way out and took the 1 hr and 45 minute tour of the Caverns of Sonora.  They were absolutely breathtaking, and the break right in the middle of our 8 hour drive was just what we needed.  We ended the day in Alpine where we stayed for the first two nights, in a cute little place we found on VRBO {w a hot tub!}.

Day 2 started with coffee at Plaine and window shopping in Alpine.  We then headed to Marfa for lunch at Food Shark, browsing at the amazing Marfa Book Co., a little purchase from Tienda M, some more browsing and exploring, coffee at Frama {Plaine’s sister shop}, a run through the 100 Works in Mill Aluminum at Chinati, and a stop into the Cobra Rock studio.  We then headed out to Ft Davis where we stopped into the very very “interesting” Rattlers & Reptiles Museum on the way up the mountain to the McDonald Douglas Observatory for our Star Party!  We finished the day back in Marfa eating at the bar at Maiya’s {Cochineal was closed} and ended up back in the hot tub.

Day 3 and we started out trip into Big Bend and Terlingua!  We arrived at our ranch cabin for the next three days, met Maggie & Billy the mules living on our property, dropped our bags, and immediately headed into the park.  We caught sunset at Santa Elena Canyon, got our bearings in respect to the park, picked up coffee from Big Bend Coffee Roasters and some organic carrots for the mules, and stopped for dinner at the Starlight Theater in Terlingua Ghostown.  We were delighted that our entertainment for the night was the annual “Word Off” spoken word and story competition.  The entire trip I kept being in awe of how many artists and creative types we continued to come in contact with in the remoteness of West Texas.

Day 4 was filled with much needed rest and relaxation, hiking, and eating at our ranch cabin.  After all that running around we needed a day with nothing to do.

Day 5 we tackled Big Bend!  We started with coffee at the cafe at La Posada Milagro {and a little internet check-in} before heading into the park.  We tackled the breathtaking 4 hour Lost Mine Trail in the Chisos Basin which was absolutely mind blowing!  The amazing changes in vegetation and wildlife due to the elevation all within the middle of the desert was unreal.  After the long hike we headed down towards the Hot Springs at the Rio Grande.  When we made it to the springs we ended up being the only ones enjoying it for sunset!  {Sometimes it pays to travel off season!}

Day 6 we said goodbye to Maggie & Billy and headed home.  We stopped for snacks Marathon and checked out the historic Gage Hotel.  We made a mental note that we must spend a night here on our next trip.  It would be the perfect stopover after roughing it in Big Bend for a few days.  Then it was straight home {with maybe a stop at DQ for a blizard along the way}.  All in all, an 8 hour drive isnt as horrible as you might imagine.

I have to say, the trip was the perfect getaway.  I came home inspired by the desert landscape and ready to start designing!  The new spring collections will be debuting on the website soon, but in the meantime I leave you with some of my favorite images from the trip.  Texture and color dominated the pictures and continues to inspire.  Enjoy!

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San Francisco’s Renegade Craft Fair

I am heading back to San Francisco this weekend for the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market.  Please come see me, and the new Ellipse collection at the Concourse Exhibition Center Saturday & Sunday December 21 & 22nd.  I cant wait to see you all there!

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Do-It-Yourself Gifts

Nothing is more heartfelt or genuine than a handmade gift.  With our ever busier lives, and the new little ones running around, my girlfriends and I have made a commitment to keep our yearly ladies gift exchange alive, but with a new twist – The gits must either be handmade or from the thrift store.  Really, we all just need a reason to get together, drink wine, and catch up on our lives over the past year, without making expense an issue.

With one full weekend before Christmas you have just enough time to scavenge materials locally and spend some time with an old movie, eating Christmas cookies and drinking Cocoa {or in my case, Baileys!} and picking a project to mark the last few gifts off your list.  Below I have rounded up some new DIY favorites that I wouldn’t mind seeing under the tree.  Good luck and happy making!

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  1. Beaded Pendant Light, Camille Styles
  2. All Natural Room Spray, fellow fellow
  3. Faux Leather Pouch, fellow fellow
  4. Clay Magnets, Apartment Therapy
  5. Etched Wood Spoons, Design Mom
  6. Wooden Candelabra, Inspired by Charm
  7. Painted Dishtowels, Homemade Ginger
  8. Personalized Coasters, Martha Stewart
  9. Mountain Mousepad, Little White Whale

Gifts for the Austin Guy

I couldn’t forget about the Austin Guy!  Our guys aren’t afraid to take a fashion risk, or embellish their undone look with an unexpected pop of color or a special detail.  Below are my picks for my Austin Guy- all from local makers and small boutiques throughout Austin!  Only 2 weeks to go!

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  1. Patch NYC Scarf, Stag, $122
  2. Donnie Van Zant High Roller Hat, Texas Hatters, $470
  3. Orange Rucksack Backpack, Mockingbird Domestics, $275
  4. Leather Dopp Kit, Noah Marion, $100
  5. Colorful Laces, HELM, $8
  6. Mezcal Sippers, JM DRYGOODS, $22 ea