San Francisco Bound

14.7 Renegade SF

Once again, I am heading to San Francisco for the Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason.  This year I am right up front so you cant miss me in booth #7.  Come by early to see the Pecos and failHOME collections and snag something before they sell out!  With hundreds of makers selling amazing handmade products alongside great food and drink, it is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Hope to see you there!

Fostering Creativity Pt 1- Creative Spaces

Behind the scenes of fail I have been thinking long and hard about shaping the future of my brand and my place within it.  Moving into the new studio last year was a welcome shift in my focus and attention. It wasn’t really until the beginning of 2014 that I started to truly dissect how my studio was organized, how I was going to invest in my employees to encourage long-term growth (for us both), and how I was going to find more joy and excitement in my daily routine.

Over the past few months I have made several strategic changes to the way I work, but more importantly to the way I think.  I feel so fantastically good about how my studio functions, and am ever grateful for the lovely and amazing women I have working with me.  With that in order, it was time to focus on my own role within my studio.  I know that sounds crazy, but what most people don’t realize is that once you really start running a business you end up sitting in front of a computer all day, and rarely end up actually making and creating anymore.

Finding and organizing my time so that I could focus more on creating was at the forefront of my mind when I went to a CRAVEfuel event focused on creativity, hosted at Spruce last month.  My collaborator and good friend Natalie Davis of CANOE was on a panel along with Amanda Brown of Spruce, Mara Ambrose of Folk Fibers, Chelsea Fullerton of Go Forth Creative, and Jessica Sanders of drink.well, with moderation by Crave’s Andrea Genevieve.  I was not expecting to leave as inspired as I did, but everything that the panel hit on was perfect for me and my state of mind when I walked in the door.  I left with 4 bullet points that have changed the way I think, act and plan and I wanted to share them with you.

Amanda supplied the answer that gave me my first ah-ha moment of the evening.  The question was, “How do you foster creativity”, and her answer was about having a space to go where everything was in its place, tools and inspiration were readily available, and outside thoughts were kept at bay to allow you to focus on being creative.  That is when I realized that within my own studio I didn’t have my own creative space!  I know that sounds crazy, but I sit in front of a computer all day with emails popping up, alerts, social media, accounting…. you get the picture.  I don’t even have a jewelers bench where I can start and stop projects at will.

My marching orders are clear and I am now on a mission to establish my own creative space!  A jewelers bench is next along with a little more studio re-arranging. I think I will incorporate a physical inspiration board and more tactile items to see, hold and contemplate. It will be a work in progress for the next few months but I am excited to have yet another piece of the puzzle in my hands.  And now I throw the question back to you-  How have you created your own creative space?  What does it look like?  What does it contain.  I am all ears!

Stay tuned over the next few weeks as I continue to expand upon those 4 magical bullet points.  Hopefully we will all be a little more creative because of it!

 

Sturgill Simpson

I’ve been a bit obsessed with Sturgill Simpson’s rendition of When In Rome’s The Promise.  Obsessed!  I felt like I have heard his name before, but really didn’t know much about this Kentucky artist now living and working in Nashville.  His nostalgic voice blended with insightful lyrics sound just right to me right now.  Dig in a little yourself and check out this great interview on NPR and enjoy the video below!

Maker Pop-Up at West Elm

westelmpopuprev

Hi All!  I wanted to make sure you all knew about the Austin Maker Pop-Up this upcoming Saturday at West Elm.  I will be showing alongside two amazing designers {and friends} Leah Duncan and Canoe.  The event is from 12-4pm and a great chance to see the new Pecos and fail HOME collections in person.  I have included a preview below in case you needed more enticement!.  I hope too see you there!

west_elm_pop_up_2

Process – Ra Hinge Bracelet

I am finally getting back to showing you some more insight into our “process” and what it takes to bring these pieces to life.  This week I am focusing on the now classic Ra Hinge Bracelet.

The Ra Hinge Bracelet was originally introduced as part of the Giza collection in Fall 2012.  Giza was my first wholehearted attempt to incorporate semi-precious stones into the fail collection in new and unexpected ways.  I didn’t want to just wire wrap some stone and throw them onto a piece but I wanted my pieces to stand apart from the masses.  My solution was to tube rivet sterling silver bezel cups onto hand-cut and hammered brass sheet, allowing me to include bezel set stones using only cold connections.  It wasn’t long until the Ra Hinge Bracelet was one of our better sellers and a classic fail style.  Enjoy!fail_jewelry_process_of_a_piece

 

Women & Their Work Trunk Show

I am excited to spread the word about my upcoming trunk show this weekend at Austin’s Women & Their Work.  Not only will you be able to view and purchase the new fail PECOS collection, but their current exhibition of paintings by Marfa artist Leslie Wilkes is pretty amazing!  I will be in the gallery Saturday from 12-3pm but you will be able to see and purchase jewelry over the entire weekend, May 9-11.  And did I mention that it is the first weekend of WEST?  What better reason than to get out and see some art this weekend!  I hope to see you there.

disp_0kz3i2pk244h disp_at3ob8ipk2ai9 disp_hzljiepk2yiw disp_upxwi0pk2k1h