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TRIBEZA Talk | September 2014

An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.

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A Woven History

"I've been working with fiber art since I was five years old," says Ashlie Adams, owner of Yard Fibers. It wasn't until recently that Adams considered taking her fiber art work professional. In 2008, she graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in fiber art. A few years later, Adams returned to college in Portland to study architecture. Though she had a keen eye for architecture, she constantly found herself going back to her textile foundations. "I was always using components of fiber in my work," Adams explains. Within a couple of years, she left Portland and moved to Austin to hone her fiber art weaving skills. "I wanted to do something that was bigger," says Adams, alluding to her current tapestry business, Yard Fibers. Influenced by the cascading shapes and fringe-heavy tapestry style of the Alaskan Native American Chilkat tribe and the functional textural work of famous textile designer Anni Albers, Adam's hanging tapestries are indigenous yet modern. At her home in Travis Heights, on an eight-harness floor loom, Adams weaves intricate tapestries small and large to install at shops around Austin. "It's something that's so natural to me," she says. "This is what I do." For more information, contact Ashlie Adams at yardfibers@gmail.com.

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Kathie Sever's Wild Western Wear

“I tend to fall in love with what I’m working on at the moment,” says Kathie Sever, owner of Fort Lonesome Camp and Custom garments. It’s evident in each chain stitch on her custom-embroidered Western wear that her craft is a labor of love. Influenced by the cowboy mentality she was immersed in while working on a dude ranch in Montana, Sever approaches her bespoke Western line with a detail oriented mind-set. Whether it’s restoring a found discarded pearl snap for her new “Camp” line (debuted this past spring) or designing a custom garment for a client, Sever works diligently on one piece at a time. “I feel strongly about connecting people with their clothing,” she says. And it’s deeper than a connection to the material being utilized. Sever works one-on-one with clients to capture their salient stories through thoughtfully designed and wearable garments. Sever has collaborated with the likes of Ben Kweller and Bob Schneider, and she continues to work closely with the LAND boys, Traveller Denim, Revival Cycles, and artists around Austin and beyond. This fall, Sever will be launching a collection with Shari Gerstenberger, owner of Charm School Vintage. She will also be hosting sewing workshops through the Austin Area Design Guild. To find out more, visit fort-lonesome.myshopify.com.

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Street Style

The autumn season is ideal bicycle-riding weather. As we’re nearing the end of summer, sweat out that residual heat and cruise into fall on a Papillionaire Classic. Dutch-inspired in its simple elegance and utilitarian style, this bicycle is a timeless piece that rides like a dream ($549). To find out more, visit Windmill Bicycles on Manor. 2209B Manor Rd., Austin, TX 78722.

Coffee Love

Ryan Wolfgang Hall and Kathleen Carmichael, owners of Figure 8 Coffee Purveyors, are living the American Barista Dream. Wolfgang, an Austin transplant from Seattle, and Austinite Carmichael met in 2008 while working together at Thunderbird Coffee, and it didn’t take long for their love to bloom. “I played hard to-get, but she played harder. And she got me,” says Wolfgang. After a few years of slinging shots, Wolfgang went on to work for Houndstooth Coffee, and Carmichael moved to Cenote. Meanwhile both worked nights and weekends at East Side Show Room. When a space on 11th and Chicon opened up for lease late last year, the eager couple grabbed their opportunity. “A lot of what we did with the space we did ourselves,” says Carmichael. “We spent a whole month scraping paint off of brick walls just to repaint them.” In early August, their love child was born. Representative of the couple’s quirky taste, Figure 8 is full of found Texas treasures, from the “haunted” antique mirror behind the bar to the repurposed conveyor-belt table. Proudly serving Tweed Coffee, Wolfgang and Carmichael have planted their coffee roots in East Austin soil. “All the money that has gone into this place came from us saving for a very long time,” says Wolfgang. “We really are two service kids who wanted to do this and take the next step.” For more information, visit figure8coffeepurveryors.com. 1111 Chicon St., Austin, TX 78702.

Credits

Yard Fibers Photography by Leah Overstreet

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