“I think anything we can get that’s really personal to the maker becomes personal to yourself,” says Laura Davis Berryman. The owner of Newton Supply Co., Berryman studied architecture and handcrafts, receiving her MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design before launching her own venture in September 2014. While Newton Supply Co. focuses on creating goods made with sustainably and locally-sourced materials, items like their popular Waxed Canvas Weekender bags are designed with travel in mind. Says Berryman, “Any chance that you get you should just be able to take off on a road trip and go on an adventure.”
Ask Dave Barry of Moniker Guitars about one of his favorite projects and he’ll tell you about creating a 2001: A Space Odyssey-themed guitar for metal band The Sword’s Kyle Shutt. “It had moon-shaped sound holes and I designed a circuit that had a noise sensitive LED trigger to it so if he played harder the lights would blink more brightly,” Barry says. Along with Kevin Tully, Barry started Moniker in 2012 with the aim to put custom design in the hands of the customer through their online configurator. Passionate axe players can choose all the elements from the body shape down to the knobs. “We’ve seen some absolutely outrageous designs, in a good way,” Barry says. Recently creating custom guitars for Lord Huron’s Strange Trails tour, Moniker’s instruments are as beautiful as they are unique. “If you can dream it, within the context and confines of our website,” explains Barry, “we can build it.”
To craft some of the songs on Mother Falcon’s third studio album, Good Luck Have Fun (being released August 14), Nick Gregg asked his band mates to re-create electronic video game music with their traditional acoustic instruments. “It was a really different way to approach songwriting,” says cellist Diana Burgess. Part of a commission for the documentary Star Nation, the all-instrumental songs are paired with vocally driven indie pop songs to round out the new disc. “It’s kind of a split album — it has two different personalities,” says Burgess. For a large band, whose current lineup includes 12 musicians with a variety of training in classical, jazz, and rock, getting to play songs on both ends of the spectrum is a thrill. “It’s cool to have an album that embraces everyone’s backgrounds,” Burgess says. “It really shows our abilities as a band.” See for yourself when Mother Falcon plays Empire Control Room August 21 and 22.
Working to spread the word about locally made goods, Batch Austin specializes in curated gift and monthly subscription boxes. Here Batch Austin’s Director, Courtney Bianchi, shares some of her local favorites.
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