An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
An Insider's Guide to Austin's Hidden Gems.
"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 email@example.com.
“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.
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.
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.
by Joanna Steblay
As the warm weather begins to set in and patio parties hit our calendars, we can’t help but embrace that summertime has returned to Austin. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be celebrating the return of the season with decadent ice cream, healthy smoothies and icy cocktails from your favorite local spots.
For those days when it’s too hot to venture out, we went to Austin’s sweet treat professionals and compiled the ultimate collection of DIY recipes to make from your home. Click through the galleries below to learn how to make everything icy and sweet, from poptails for date night to ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party.more
The spring edition of the Renegade Craft Fair returns for its seventh year in Austin May 14-15 at Fair Market. With over 125 makers on the roster, the scene is sure to be bustling with local artisans and DIYers slinging their unique, one-of-a-kind wares. In addition to great shopping, the RCF offers activities, special showcases and plenty of food and drink options for visitors. This year, celebrate your hard work shopping with a snack from Burro Cheese Kitchen and Lucky Lab Coffee Co. before commemorating the afternoon with some snapshots from Magnolia Photo Booth Co. But before...more
by James Ruiz
Inspired by the beautiful outdoor living spaces featured in our May feature The Space Between, we went window shopping and found some great outdoor furniture and accessories to liven up your outdoor patio, porch and pool. Flip through the galleries below to see how you can add a pop of color and style to your outdoor hideaway.more
Hundreds of people are moving to Austin each day, and downtown is one of the major hubs of growth for the city. Local real estate expert Jude Galligan discusses smart urban growth and what to expect this year as the skyline continues to evolve.
Your blog keeps Austin updated on the latest news in downtown. What is the most exciting development happening right now?
From my point of view, the most exciting development is the Waller Creek District Master Plan. Decades in the making, this transformative project came to life after designers competed for the contract. It is finally coming to downtown, bringing an imaginative chain of parks,...more
by James Ruiz
As you flip through the pages of our February Love Issue, one thing you’ll notice is the beautiful blooms that pop up throughout the magazine. We got some major googly eyes for the bouquets featured in our "Real Weddings" features, and earmarked the TRIBEZA Wedding Guide for even more Pinterest-worthy petals.
Instead of letting all that inspiration go to waste, we tried our hand at flower arranging to see what we could create. Since we consider ourselves floral design novices, we asked a few top designers...more