We are proud to have a community of more than 80 Austin Artists.
For me, it always comes back to that famous Ferris Bueller quote "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." I find the camera gives me a license to slow down. To take everything in before it changes. And, things seem to be changing at lightning speed lately. I think that is what fascinates me about photography; the speed of the shutter, the freezing of time. For me there is nothing else like it. I also find my pursuit of photography is as much exploration as it is art. I want to understand what makes us tick. I want to slow down, to really see what is going on around me. Too often we get on a track in life. Driving back and forth to work, to school, to the store. We follow the same roads, interact with the same people. We take comfort in the routine. We take shelter in it. Photography forces me off of the path of this sameness, forces me to see other people and places. Often within a mile from my home, but really worlds away.
Angela is a self taught artist who lives in Lakeway and works in Austin. She enjoys working with acrylics and is drawn to abstract techniques, feeling they are less restrictive and more open to the viewers interpretation. Her love of water and nature are reflected in her paintings. She truly enjoys putting the paint on the canvas and seeing where it wants to go! Angela believes that art should stimulate conversation, thought, and bring joy wherever it resides!
I’m a visual designer and artist living in Austin, Texas. My journey into Graphic design started in the 1st grade when I created a little paper world. I made detailed tiny people, pets, neighborhood, schools, trees, etc. out of paper during break time at school. I worked on this project for months until I had probably used up a small forest and I’ve been hooked on art ever since. In my free time I enjoy drinking coffee, running, watercoloring, and spending time outdoors.
“Everybody loves mail. And everybody in their right mind loves Austin. That's why we started Austin Blanks in 2008 – to bring all the hidden and iconic wonders of our city to you and your friends' mailboxes. Whether you're in Dubai or New Zealand, Iceland or the UK, Austin Blanks is bringing you the warmth and weirdness of Austin, TX. Every purchase from Austin Blanks supports our local community. Not only do we credit and support local artists whose images you see on our products – but we also donate proceeds to local foundations. After all, arts and community are at the core of what this great city is all about.
BDJ (Brian D Johnson)
All my pieces are made from sustainably harvested domestic hardwoods, my favorite being black walnut and cherry. Though I use varying construction techniques, my primary mode of joinery is stack lamination of solid layers. It's achieved with proper wood milling, glue, clamps and hours of sanding. The decorative line work is machined by hand and the resin is mixed and poured in studio. Most decor pieces are done in a grain and resin matched.
Becca Borrelli is an admirer of doodling, and art teaching. Since graduating with a MA in Art Education from The University of Texas, she has been working as an art teacher at The Contemporary Art School in Austin, and establishing an illustration business. She is inspired by the invisible connections between all things, and her work aims to be a playful, bright, and hopeful interpretation of the world's whimsical and magical sides. She has fallen in love with her hometown in Austin, TX where she spends free time exploring the town with her husband and their super-pups Layla and Rose.
Andrea Yakerson is a self taught, local jewelry designer. She works with mix media, crushed glass to create her unique, delicate, pieces. Bee Mary offers a variety of styles and collections. Each piece is designed by hand and crafted with 24k gold, silver and copper plated precious metals. Andrea gives back to the community through local charities as Bee Mary grows, in memory of her grandma and best friend Mary.
Benjamin Soap Company
Benjamin Soap Company was established in 2014 with the sole mission of making pure, additive free bath, body and home products affordable for everyone. We strive to use the purest ingredients and source locally when we can.
With an obsession for crystals and succulents, Emily has created Boho Grit, the ultimate bohemian lifestyle brand from jewelry to home decor and planters. Emily Dunn is an Austin artist and designer and owner of Boho Grit, under which she designs home goods and accessories focused on raw stones and a minimal aesthetic. She has a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Vanderbilt University.
Carla Hughes grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. After high school, she moved to Austin to live loudly. There she studied art and welding while starting a family. Moving home afforded her the opportunity to finish her BFA at UTPA, concentrating in ceramics and sculpture. After graduation she received a scholarship to attend Penland School of Craft and attended the summer residency program at the Chautauqua Institution. She currently works out of her studio in Harlingen, Texas.
Chaos Woods is husband and wife artist team, Terry and Sarah Snow. In 2014 we started making unusual toys. Since then we’ve expanded into small sculpture, turned vessels, wood burnings, and unique home furnishings. We are highly collaborative, consulting each other throughout our creative process. The results are sometimes an interesting juxtaposition of masculine and feminine, frequently both delicate and bold at the same time. We really enjoy sharing our ideas with each other and turning them into a reality. We especially enjoy making each other laugh and hope that our delight transcends each piece. Terry is primarily the woodworker, shaping, cutting, turning and sanding. Sarah is the finisher, painting, staining and wood burning. All of our objects are made of wood. We try to use locally sourced and reclaimed wood when possible and pay attention to environmental impact.
Chloé Jane Gray
When Chloé’s nose isn’t five inches away from a piece of watercolor paper–with tiny brushes in hand and enthralling audiobooks in ear–you can find her consuming entire bags of goldfish crackers or watering plants or wrestling her shelties River & Gully. As a youngster she moved every couple of years. She’s lived in Ohio, the Mojave Desert, Washington DC, Okinawa, and on 3 different occasions, Texas. She has a great appreciation for the art of storytelling. She strives to produce beautifully detailed images that encourage close examination. She hates eggs, static electricity, and being late.
My art presents views of a world that attains a synthesis of optimism. I want to show a hidden depth of stories within stories that come together to create the whole. These works eclectic by nature and derive their form from patterns, improbable vintage, and allegory. I ask the viewer to look into the canvas to find the intimate spaces within the larger whole, to read the narrative of its inhabitants each with a story to tell. I hope for the viewer to discover the emotional energy that I have endeavored to paint here. My goal here is to create a window on a feeling that you and I may share.
Chris mentions that he probably would not have pursued art had he not be given the chance to draw on the walls of his childhood bedroom. (Let that be a lesson to parents out there). As an only child he had to entertain himself, and found happiness in creating. He started to experiment with ceramics in high school, finding ease in working with his hands and making functional art.
Nature has always been my biggest inspiration. My goal is to replicate the beauty of wildlife in as many different media as I can.
Daisy Metalworks is based in Austin, TX and handcrafted by me, Mijhal Daisy Poler. All designs are made by hand in my studio, and nothing is ever mass-produced. I take pride in making pieces that are original and raw, giving off a delicate yet industrial feel, going beyond simply an accessory and evolving into an aesthetic that combines the vibrancy of the natural earth and the sleekness of modern design. I fell in love with metalsmithing after a trip to Israel in 2013, where one afternoon a jeweler taught me how to make a silver pendant. I had no idea those two hours would pave the path that I am on now. I became infatuated with metalwork and eagerly found a jeweler to apprentice with upon my return to the U.S. In 2015 I went to Mexico where I learned from a master in a small village -- that was when I became truly fascinated with the magic of working with metals. So, in 2017 I decided to launch Daisy Metalworks, put all of my other jobs on hold, and I have never looked back. I have an eager curiosity towards the world, as an avid traveler I am constantly inspired and fascinated by new places and cultures. I feel blessed that I get to wake up every morning and translate my curiosities into tangible pieces of wearable art.
I have been designing and creating jewelry for over 20 years. My heritage as a fifth-generation Texan serves as my natural inspiration; born of my roots in the wooded canyons and rolling hills of the famed Texas Hill Country and the abundant beauty of the Texas Gulf Coast. Each of my one-of-a-kind pieces is a future heirloom; incorporating precious metals and rare,hand cut cabochons, yielding exceptional, wearable works of art.
My art career started 15 years ago in Portland, Oregon where I was commissioned to do large-scale modern contemporary artwork for residential and commercial projects. After leaving Portland, I lived in several different states where I spent time experimenting with new mediums and cultivating unique techniques. Once I settled in Austin, I continued dabbling in many art forms. I am most drawn to interactive artwork and sculpture, and I will continue to create works that vary greatly in scale.
Edvin Niz has a love for stones and crystals that has now evolved into a line of beautiful jewelry. Edvin selects the stones and then has 2 lapidary artists in Guatemala (from his hometown) that cut and polish the stones. Edvin personally chooses & drills the hole for each pendant! Edvin spent his childhood in Guatemala and now lives in Austin Tx with his wife & 2 daughters.
Eli Halpin grew up in Alaska and now lives and paints full time in Austin Texas.Her focus is on animal face expressions while enjoying and celebrating their paws, cheeks, whiskers, claws, hooves, antlers, horns and tusks. Eli uses thick oil paint and she loves to add acrylic, paper, metal leaf, spray paint, fabric, lace, ribbons, gemstones, sparkles, shells, crushed glass, beads, sand, mica, and pearls.Eli paints on wooden painting surfaces made with maple, birch and masonite in addition to hand crafted stretched canvases.
Hi, I’m Eliana Bernard, the artist and designer behind my self-named business. I began working with clay in college and fell in love with the medium immediately. I experimented with liquid clay and moldmaking, and loved every part of the process. Since then, most of my work has been made by slipcasting – pouring liquid clay into plaster molds. Working with slip has allowed me to explore new ideas through a variety of techniques. My current collection is inspired by marbled patterns created out of multiple experiments with liquid clay. I know what my material can do and I love pushing the boundaries to create something unique and visually appealing while maintaining its functionality. In the Marbled Collection, the pattern varies from piece to piece. Even with the process of slipcasting and using molds to produce a consistent form, every piece has its own pattern, making it truly one of a kind! I believe that the objects we bring to the table and home are important. That's why I take the time and care to create pieces that will make mealtimes more special, gatherings more meaningful and the home more beautiful, in hopes that you will enjoy each item as much as I enjoy making them.
After being bitten by a radioactive pencil. Being alive is weird; I draw funny stuff about it. My work is influenced by picture books, Lowbrow, cartoons, Americana, any culture with a bad attitude, and has been most often described as ‘HA!’ or 'Aww.' It’s been said to flirt with a dangerous sense of humor and is probably fun to look at by children aged 2 to 67.2, the average life expectancy in the world today. I'm inspired by The Far Side, all the cartoons I watched as a kid (and still do watch), and all of my talented friends in the comic industry. I often describe my work as single-panel comics. They're noodley, cute, irreverent, and subversive. I'm drawn to characters who are doing their best to survive with a healthy dose of dark humor. I'm constantly learning more about myself as an artist. I'm finding more people searching for some humor in this dustbin called life.
Most days you can find me hanging with my son and daughter somewhere in Austin, TX. We love going on adventures around town. When Mila is napping and my Ryland is at school, I am working on my art. I also paint a whole bunch in the evenings on my fancy shmancy kitchen table. I am mostly known for my whimsical and nostalgic watercolor paintings. I create time-lapse videos of everything I paint. I make it a whole lot more fun to watch paint dry over at my Instagram page. People often refer to me as detail-oriented and someone that doesn’t shy away from a painting challenge. I have completed two large painting-a-day projects over the past three years. The most recent one,#100daysofdrinks, made me thirsty! They call art a practice for a reason. I PRACTICE a lot. The things I’m most passionate about in life are my husband, children and my art. When I’m not busy painting, I love to travel!
My name is Faisal Warsani and I am a tropical landscape artist. I divide my time between Chicago (my hometown) and Austin (where I am studying Architecture at the University of Texas). Painting is a way for me to transport myself to other places. My art brings me back to Hawaii, where part of my soul belongs. And it takes me to places I have yet to see, far out in the Pacific. I am inspired by the beauty of the sea and the swaying of palm trees. Whether I am creating waves or mountain ranges, I'm most content when I am captivated by nature's designs.
Sew-Carve-Fold are the 3 facets of The Foxes Tail. I strive to create sustainable products through methods of upcycling and using USA made materials whenever I can. Everything is designed, cut, assembled and packaged by me. Attention to detail is very important, and custom orders are encouraged! Based in Austin, Texas you will find Texas themes in many of my products, from cacti to grackles, I am inspired by the scenery around me.
Fed (Dawn Prokop)
Earth Advocate • Change Maker • Co-Creator. I am Team Earth I believe each person plays a part in the well-being of this planet. My role is to assist humans shift the way we consume food. I create beautiful tools!
Gabrielle Faust’s Good Luck Dolls
I began creating my Good Luck Wish Dolls back in 2016, during the tumult of the political election. People around me, myself included, were struggling to remain positive. Many were on the verge of a nervous breakdown. I wanted to create something beautiful, something magical, and something that would serve as a glimmer of beauty in a moment of darkness that people could focus on. And that is what my Good Luck Wish Dolls are exactly for. Positivity. Good energy. And a place to focus your wishes for the future.
Hi my name is Holli! I am the one behind all of the hand and Barton Springs paintings. As an artist and maker, I have always been fascinated with how multi-functional and necessary hands are in creating, communicating, healing, and spirituality, as well as all other aspects of day to day life. I create each hand painting to embody a character or personality. Oftentimes inspired by my sassy friends and family or even some of my favorite TV, novel, and movie characters, I paint things that make me happy and hope they bring joy to other people in the process. Barton Springs Pool is one of my happy places. I aim to highlight the ever beautiful natural springs and the collection of people that appreciate them. I was born and raised in Central Texas. I graduated from Texas State University where I majored in interior design with a minor in studio art. At university, my favorite assignment was a Fauve-inspired figure painting. You can see this style reflected in my work today through my use of bright and sometimes unrealistic colors. I also love playing with shapes and pattern. By combining these elements, along with character inspiration, these paintings reflect a part of me and my sense of humor.
Katie Stahl of Houndoggle Art
Katie loves using humor and whimsy to convey the unique spirit and personality of every animal she paints. Named Best Pet Portrait Artist in Austin by Austin Pets Directory magazine, her work has been displayed at various venues around town, including Bouldin Creek Cafe, Kerbey Lane Cafe, House Wine, Woof Gang Bakery, and West Elm, where she has twice been the featured Artist of the Month. She has a Masters degree in Community Art Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Katie is another artist that we first saw on Instagram and now we carry her cards, prints & playing cards!
I'm an artist living on the east side of Austin, and I fill my days with creating art celebrating living things. I've always been drawn to painting and drawing animals and people and I love to paint both real and fantastic interactions between them. I strive to show the personalities of the creatures in my art, and I hope the viewer loves viewing them as much as I love creating them!
In this series of work I have strayed into the land of myth for my own personal enjoyment. My work as a whole has evolved from objects of nature with little life, to these same subjects with life represented in floral, birds and butterflies; I am now at play by painting what is left of the dead, their found skulls, and adorning them with personalities of gods and goddesses. I have a deep respect for the animals that live in our neighborhoods and surroundings, and therefore, I am glorifying their beings by transforming them into the powerful deities we once worshipped, and some of us still hold in high regards. In today’s modern world, it’s incredibly interesting and fun to see these creatures that creep through the night, and cross our dangerous roads as gods and goddesses shape shifting into our mortal world.
I have always felt a need to be creative and have sensed a nagging imbalance whenever I’m not fueling that need. As the daughter of a watercolor artist, I was exposed and encouraged to explore art at a young age. While I enjoyed fine art, I never quite felt passionate about any particular medium, and found my creative needs met with Advertising Design. After obtaining my BFA from the University of Delaware, I spent a decade as an Art Director at advertising agencies in and around the DC Metro area. When motherhood came, I seized the opportunity to raise my 2 boys and reboot. A move to Austin and a chance encounter with alcohol inks opened my creative floodgates. I had found my medium. Their fluid dance and soulful nature immediately called to me. I find the process itself to provide a symbolic practice of relinquishing control and being more present. It is an intuitive dance, a give and take between artist and medium.
Jared F Rosenacker is a custom glass artist living in Austin TX. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he graduated at the top of his class and was awarded the James W. Strong 3-D Studio Achievement Award. After graduation Jared moved to Seattle Washington where he immersed himself into the rich glass blowing scene, and continued his education periodically at The Penland School of Craft in North Carolina where he was the recipient of numerous scholarships. Most recently Jared spent 4 years working for the world-renowned Corning Museum of Glass in upstate NY. Through their outreach program, Jared demonstrated and educated his love for glass to guests onboard Celebrity Cruise ships. This experience allowed Jared to visit some 40 countries around the world. Having explored the many facets of a material that knows no limits, Jared is consistently drawn back to the simplistic function of a drinking cup. Enjoying the variety that life has to offer, Jared has blended his love for glass with his taste for finer things.
I reject creative specialization and believe that creativity comes to us in many ways, over time. Every creative itch deserves to be scratched, and our job is to learn our crafts, do the work, and get out of our own way. I paint because I woke up on June 1st, 2013 and simply knew it was time. My work is an abstract exploration of the perfect imperfection of curves implied by nature, as well as the lines imposed upon nature by people. In addition to canvases, my work in concrete seeks to be both gracefully utilitarian and ruggedly decorative.
My work consists of dreamlike images in which fantasy and reality meet, time and memory shift, and finely depicted everlasting compositions are captured to invite the viewer to step into higher consciousness. By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, I want to seduce the viewer into a world of ongoing equilibrium where intervals of allegories articulate the streams of the human condition.
Ever since I was 14 I would help my dad and my older brother doing mechanic work. Soon I had enough knowledge to do it on my own and I became very good at what I was doing. But a back injury in my early 30's led to multiple surgeries. I found myself unable to work on cars, but even worse I was unable to provide for myself and my wife. I forgot about all of my goals and became very depressed. One day, after visiting the psychologist I suddenly began to see something in the junked car parts in my garage. The next two weeks I made 10 lamps that sold quicker than I could post on Ebay.
As a kid, try as I might, I could never seem to create truly horrifying monsters. They always looked, well...cute. I reason that is why my adult art takes sweet things, and makes them sinister in nature. This is my adult resolution to a childhood conundrum: adorably duplicitous, creaturely confections.
Katie processes and appreciates life via her art, so she chooses subjects that are full of joy and color. She has lived in and traveled to many places in her life, and loves her city’s local foodie, music, and festival scene. Her family loves a good hike, especially when it ends up in a creek! Whether they’re at home in Austin or traveling in France, Italy, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Greece, or the UK, Katie’s always on the lookout for a scene worth capturing—old buildings, unique vistas, and places that are full of story. Inspiration is easy to find in France, Mexico, and Greece, but if you’re paying attention, beauty is at the farmer’s market, a neighborhood garden, or a party with friends. Katie is an incredibly visual person, so ideas strike her often. She loves finding good composition already existing in her environment, and when she does, she snaps pictures with future paintings in mind. Hundreds and hundreds of pictures. It may take decades for these photos to become the subject being put to canvas, but when they do, she gets to relive the moment that she captured all those years ago. The sounds, smells, and emotions come back to her as she paints, whether it’s warm bread and tangy Parisian cheese, or the salty air and waves crashing in Greece or Mexico. The excitement and energy of that time and place are available at the tip of her brush.
Katie Cowden was raised in Bryan, Texas by an art teacher and a mad scientist, given mixed media supplies and books for every birthday, and brought up to take traditional materials and techniques from around the world to bend into something entirely new. Katie now wields light-based laser blades, barely-there flashes of silver needles, and teeny-tiny paint brushes with equal proficiency to make wearable and museum display worthy artwork in her East Austin studio. And as her repertoire of techniques and materials expands, so too does the Killer Queen empire.
For painter and illustrator Katie Dunkle, inspiration came from a seventeen month long excursion across america in a mobile, solar-powered tiny house. As her studio traveled from coast to coast and the plains in between, she created crisp, vibrant renderings of the flowers she found along the way. She is currently inspired by her backyard garden in South Austin and the delicate details of individual wildflowers found in natural Texas habitats.
Katie Ryan Donohue
I have always felt a strong interest and connection to wild nature and animals of all kinds, both of which are constant themes in my paintings. When I am not painting, drawing or teaching, I am spending time with my son, my dog and my husband.
Katrina O’Day Designs
Originally from Houston, Texas, I have spent the past 28 years of my art/jewelry career focusing on how I fit in the world we live in and how I can make it a better place. Whether it be mixed media oil paintings incorporating vintage or upcycled components , designing and handcrafting healing crystal jewelry, or commuting on bicycle full time, I strive to have my work reflect my interests and concerns for our planet and each other. My most current designs are influenced by the beautiful waters of the Atlantic ocean and iconic Art Deco architecture of the Deco District in Miami Beach; my place I retreat to recharge my creative juices.
Kim Kaiser is an artist living in South Austin. She was born in The Netherlands and moved to The United States at 14 years old.She received her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts at Texas State University in 2005 and has since then been working as a freelance artist. Her works are predominantly in watercolor but has extensive experience in oil and other mediums as well. Her experience includes studio showings in Texas and Malaysia and selling her original works in independent art markets in Texas, New Mexico and Malaysia. In addition, she has designed and distributed handmade and printed greeting cards, organized and taught "Wine and Paint" events and children's painting and craft activities.
Laura Lee Romaine
Laura’s paintings explore a narrative through the use of humor, symbolism, scale, repetition, and carefully executed compositions. These staged allegorical scenes reveal struggles or truths we face in our lives. She draws parallels between everyday objects or biological systems present in nature. Sometimes her work is just exploring absurdity for the sake of being delightfully absurd.
Lauren Hunt is an artist and educator located in Austin, Texas. She began her focus in glass at Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her BFA. After graduating, she moved to Corning, NY and began a 7 year career working for the Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Show and their Blow Glass At Sea Program. Hunt’s glass reflects the inspiration from the years of travel she experienced while performing on board Celebrity Cruise Ships. Her work now, focuses on color and form as she strives to create a balanced, well crafted object. Lauren has participated and instructed at The Corning Museum of Glass, Penland School of Craft, and Ghost Pepper Glass. Lauren currently is a limited partner at Ghost Pepper Glass where she is an instructor as well as fabricator for various clients.
Little Green Press ATX
Little Green Press ATX is a small artisan business based in Austin, TX. This small printmaking business is run + owned by local artist Audrey Jahanian. Though this business is primarily print-based, her work expands to other media including, but not limited to: graphic design, mural work, drawing, painting, and bookbinding. But the passion is and always will be print. True to its name, this ‘green’ studio operates to create a low carbon footprint. Since there are no harmful chemicals used in the space, and Jahanian only packages the finished pieces in fully recyclable materials, all you’re really left with is the work. Just the way it should be.
Leslie is an artist and designer whose career has spanned more than 30 years in the Austin area. Although trained traditionally, after many years of working as a freelance graphic artist Leslie found herself enjoying the contemporary medium of digital art as a vehicle of artistic expression. Leslie offers a slightly different view of the world; rather than paint, she uses the color, texture and patterns of the elements she captures with her camera to create her surreal mirror-mad images. Her unique collections are inspired by photographic visuals from locations, events, and themes. Leslie lives in the Austin area, with her husband of over 30 years, her loyal dog Frida and 2 cats. She has served on the board of the Creative Arts Society, a local non-profit for artists, for several years and is the current President of the organization.
Manifest Magical Pendants
Samantha emanates with a love for understanding humans that has carried her across the globe! She has chosen these crystals on her global travels and created each pendant with a unique hand sculpted piece of art that honors the natural qualities of the crystal. She started making sculptural pendants to express how crystals can be essential in manifesting intentions and inspiring personal growth. Each pendant is made with love to enhance your power and support you on your journey to discover the enlightened being that is already within you! Whichever pendant calls out to you is complete with sculpture that compliments the energy of the stone to help you connect with the stone in a personal way. May your highest self shine forth-the world is ready!
My name is Mia, I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, but always had a bit of a travel bug. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2015, I took off for Argentina, where I spent about nine months traveling, volunteering, attempting to learn Spanish, and drawing. On returning to Texas, I knew I somehow wanted to construct a life where my art had space to grow, I started experimenting with painting, screenprinting, tattooing, just about anything I could get my hands on. About eight months after returning home, I boarded a one-way flight back south, to where I live now, just outside of Montevideo, Uruguay.
My favorite things to make are tiaras, because of the unique architectural element they allow, the bold materials I get to incorporate, and the delighted surprise of shoppers looking for something different. Hair accessories, like combs, vines, and barrettes, and jewelry items are great way to bring my obsession to a more wearable place. I love to work with silver, gold, gems, and pearls, but have found colorful art wire, glass, shells, and crystals especially fun and important to my creative voice as well.
Welcome! I am Manue Reynolds, and I own and operate PrettyKiku, in the amazing, beautiful, sunny city of Austin, TX. PrettyKiku emerged from two different, unrelated inspirational sources. I am a geologist specialized in mineralogy and have always harbored a strong passion for rocks and crystals - their different shapes, geometry, colors. The other side of my passion comes from my fascination for Japan. I am in awe of their culture, their arts, their food, flora, history, etc... I admire how meticulous and thorough Japanese people can be. I try to honor that by making the most out of their gorgeous, colorful handmade papers. I treat each sheet of paper like the most delicate of precious stones. Paper is my medium. I started back in 2008, collecting Japanese paper everywhere I traveled. I experimented for a few months and discovered new and creative ways to use the precious and delicate paper, beyond the art of folding. PrettyKiku was officially born in 2011, with the opening of my Etsy shop. Since the release of my first pieces, my jewelry has evolved into bold, lightweight, colorful statement pieces that can be worn in any circumstance. I use laser cutting technology to produce the wooden base for every single piece I create. Every pair of earrings, every bangle, every necklace is handmade by me. The paper is carefully picked and hand cut, making each piece absolutely unique as no two cuts are the same. I truly believe this is something my customers cherish. Kiku, in Japanese, is the Chrysanthemum. The flower is a symbol of longevity and rejuvenation.
I create what I call "fresh-squeezed, color-crazy photo art". Photography is the basis for my work, but the digital post-processing gives me the freedom to make an image into something unexpected. Techniques such as swapping colors, digitally layering, blurring, or adding photo layers of paper collages make for a nonstandard transformation. The results are fresh, the work is contemporary, and the process keeps me feeling excited to do it over and over and over again.
Originally from Austin, Rachelle Penny discovered her passion for art while teaching yoga. She brings a new and unique approach to Tie-dying apparel. Rachelle's beautiful creations are wearable art that entices us to reflect on the things that make us happy.
My favorite flavor of Kombucha is Tart Cherry and Melon cause it has a kick and reminds me of a Watermelon Jolly Rancher. I I love watching cat videos and trampoline fails on YouTube. If you make me a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies I will be your friend for life. For me, art is a way of documenting fleeting moments in time such as a shy smile or intricate patterns of a blooming flower. I use nature as my muse, particularly my latest works. I’ve gone more abstract than in the past, but continue to find likenesses to my favorite wildflowers and garden plants hidden in the strokes and textures of the paints.
Recycled Retro: Lisa Appleby Fredine
I make stuff. I always have. I can't resist. Jewelry making, spinning, sewing, crochet, photography and darkroom work, mixed media, and fused glass. Recently, after finding stacks of vintage upholstery samples, I've been drawn back to fabric. Recycled Retro clutches and purses are all hand made from high end designer upholstery and interior fabric samples. Vintage and modern fabric samples, with amazing textures and designs, are upcycled and given new life as beautiful and functional, one of a kind accessories.
Remnant Studios (Quinn Smith)
I’ve loved creating forever. I get lost in it. But it’s the last thing I have time for and I’ve often thought it was a wasted dream. But no part of our dreams and lives are a waste. Our maker, who created these talents and dreams in us, can use even the “remnants” of our lives to make a difference on this planet. So here I am. My shop is my kitchen counter, my kiln is on the porch, and I create long after my kids and the sun have gone to sleep. And while there are 27 million human slaves in this world my goal is to use my dream to help fight for their rescue and freedom. Someday I hope to be closer to the front lines, but for now, my remnants will have to do.
Republic of Sol (ROS)
Republic of Sol (ROS) is a luxury bamboo sunglasses line that launched in 2012. Our glasses are handcrafted from the highest quality wood materials. Each of our style names are designed around local Austin and Texas icons. ROS was founded by friends in Austin, TX. Both working in technology and witnessing first hand the commoditization of the consumer product industry and that they wanted to be part of something different. They wanted to create a product owners would be proud to own. Inspired by the beauty and culture of Austin, they started by designing sunglasses and shirts that embody the spirit of Austin, something that they could be proud of and show just how inspiring our city is.
Rhea Groepper Pettit
Hi there, I'm Rhea Groepper Pettit, and I live in the Austin metro with my husband and kitty. I pretty much love all genres of art, but I'm especially drawn to portrait painting. I have a passion for earth's residents: people and other species. I majored in fine art at the University of Texas, but the huge abstracts that were all the rage back then just weren't my style, and I wanted to earn a living. I switched to a more "practical" degree in graphic design. For the last 25 years I've been a professional designer, doing a few paintings here and there, and a lot of digital collage for fun. Since 2013, I have diligently devoted time to practice fine art and grow as a painter. I've taken workshops with David Shevlino, Jennifer Balkan, and at Laguna Gloria, which have been very helpful. I draw inspiration from the multitude of contemporary masters working today, as well as the ones who came before us. In June 2016 I transitioned to painting full time as a professional artist. I welcome new customers, and am thrilled that I have a number of faithful patrons who keep me busy with commissions. I could not have made this leap without their support!
Robert Calloway graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design with a degree in Graphic Design. Robert has been an artist his whole life and currently resides in north Austin creating one of a kind pieces that use an array of vibrant colors, sculptural elements and layering techniques with a non-toxic epoxy resin that creates incredible dimension! An example of this is shown in Robert's unique approach to his bold colored Bonsai trees, by incorporating a sculptural element within the leaves that allows for a fun and tactile experience. Robert has been experimenting with the non-toxic epoxy resin for over a year and continues to manipulate this medium to create amazing depth within all his abstract pieces. Robert continues to explore new techniques that captivate his viewers and create emotion! As an artist, I aspire to create professional, vibrant, tactile, unique pieces that create depth and dimension to spark emotions and excite my audience. Using the highest quality materials, non-yellowing and non-toxic epoxy resin that preserves each piece for many years!
Robots in Rowboats, Art by Lauren Briére
Lauren Briere watches too many movies and eats popcorn as a meal more often than not. She grew up in Wrentham, MA and got her BFA in illustration from MassArt in Boston. She works from Austin, TX now and runs multiple projects from home. Her professional artists resume consists of work ranging from children’s book illustration, animated music videos (two of which for the awesomely sweet band, The Weepies), and quirky painting series made for her own amusement.
Rosemary Kathryn Allen is a self taught artist and licensed massage therapist. My mystical work invokes the power to heal and transform you, the subject matter portrays a direct reflection of self work and emotional processing. I believe art is a meditative practice, and the energy a painting radiates directly affects the viewer’s psyche. Each of my spirit animal paintings represent a state of transformation and growth, they assist in the progression of maturity and awareness of the human experience.
Rust and Pearls
Rust and Pearls was started in Houston, Texas at the beginning of 2013 by owner and designer, Debbie Sakach. All pieces are now made by hand in her Austin, Texas studio. Each piece has been carefully thought out and constructed with a nod to times long ago while still embracing modern style. Debbie uses a selective combination of vintage, new, and natural elements to create all her designs. Rust and Pearls is known for timeless one of a kind pieces and small collections that are perfect for everyday wear. All R&P small collections are produced in limited quantities. Small batch production allows Debbie to continually create and evolve. The inspiration behind the designs comes from a great love of history. Debbie began studying the fashion and architecture of various eras in middle school. She began her early career working with vintage clothes and soon moved on to jewelry. Everyday and every piece is an opportunity to learn more.
When I was looking for a tastier and healthier alternative to the raw and roasted nuts I saw on the shelf, I felt hopeless. Would I ever find nuts that taste great, don't upset my stomach, and don't break the bank? Then I remembered the sprouted nuts Mama Searle made for my family. Every trip home from college, I took bags of these amazing snacks with me to share with friends (or not!). And so the idea for Nourishing Nutz was born! After many iterations to create an equally healthy and tasty snack, we're proud to say we nailed it. Enjoy the snackz, and stay nourished!
Kim Press with Sailing Adrift Studios
I like to think of my work as my story. Each piece of art that I make is a feeling, a thought, or a small moment in my life that is screaming to get out. I love that I can make things that are uniquely my own. And in a time where you can have anything you desire can be delivered to your doorstep with the click of a button, I love that I am able to create things that require time to make. To be a maker in a world run by machines is incredibly gratifying. My work is my story. My work is me.
Slow Fuse Photography
Slow Fuse Photography is a collection of landscape and urban photography by Anna Mallam. Anna is a photographer from Austin, TX, specializing in sunrises and sunsets. Featured as one of the top Texas Travel Photographers on Instagram, her signature palette of warm light and color is motivated by the calming glow of sunset.
My work explores the relationship of human nature and emotion captured on canvas that embody my feelings in the moment. I begin each work with marks, brush strokes, and even my bare hands filled with paint to get fully immersed in the process. It's intuitive, physical and emotionally freeing. Through additive and subtractive processes, I create layers of colors and marks. Some of the marks and beginning layers of color are partially or completely covered. All of this amounts to a visual story. I use many layers and transparencies in my compositions to provide depth and to entice the viewer to look closer under the surface to be delighted or intrigued by what they see. My art is characterized by vibrant colors, contrasting shapes, and bold compositions.
Stacia Woods of Jewels
As a jewelry artist, Stacia incorporates modern with classical design. Using organic, flowing lines, her pieces showcase fine gems. Balance is seen, even in asymmetrical pieces. Stacia believes the jewelry should enhance the beauty of the gem. Her designs are often minimalist, focusing the attention on the stone. She uses pearls in combination with colored gems to create beautiful art jewelry. Stacia was introduced to the art of jewelry making in a high school art class. She enjoyed working with metal and creating jewelry. Her quest for more knowledge first lead her to take jewelry classes at Garden City Community College in Garden City, KS. and later she enrolled at the Texas Institute for Jewelry Technology where she completed the Jewelry program. Stacia has kept up with new technologies. She is a jewelry CAD programmer and also uses a laser welder.
Stick With It Co.
Stick With It Co., was born in 2015 from a desire to share the journey of self-love with others seeking similar fulfillment. Affirmations on sticky-notes were the tool that catalyzed real change and transformation for our founder, and so she was inspired to share this with the world. We need as much love in the world right now as we can muster - and we must start with loving ourselves.
Southern Mineral Creative
I am a self-taught electrosmith born and raised in Louisiana and recently became a resident of Austin. About twelve years ago my sister taught me how to make a bracelet and from there I fell into the world of creating. Southern Mineral Creative consists of organics such as dried flowers and wasp nests, minerals, copper and other mixed metals. Simply, electroforming is a process of transmitting metal, such as copper, onto another object using electricity.
Thedocia Autumn Mae Crocker
I create my images as a psychogeographic representation of my surroundings, as seen through my Nikon D3300 and recreated in pastel and paint; a visual ethnography in fine art form. My images seek to initiate a dialog with the viewer through the use of traditional and nontraditional techniques. Most center on the idea of our evolution and thus devolution due to the constraints in our nature.
Tiny Happy Clay
My name is Joy and I specialize in small batch ceramics created in my little garage studio in South Austin. I care deeply about our planet and strive to create items that will be cherished by their owner- not tossed in a landfill when the trends and tastes change! The goods I create aim to promote happiness and positivity not only through their messages but also through the feel of the material in your hand- you will feel the human factor in my work through slight imperfections.
Vibe (Elizabeth Crandall)
Vibe is founded on the belief that when you nurture yourself, you nurture the world. When we take a moment to pause and appreciate nature, the moment becomes profound and has a ripple effect that can be felt infinitely. So, rather than feeling selfish in taking time for yourself or treating yourself, feel satisfied that you are increasing the positive vibrations in the world because you took that moment. One way to nurture ourselves is to mindfully select the things in our lives that surround us. It is Vibe's mission to create items to cherish, make you feel good and assist you in nurturing yourself. I call this curating your vibe. Get cozy, Dive in and see what finds you here. Take a moment to curate your vibe. The universe appreciates you.
Sarah Beth Pottery
I predominantly make functional items, all wheel-thrown and hand-decorated stoneware. I've always been told my work is not traditional, and although at first I was apprehensive, I've grown to appreciate that. I'm not like everyone else, and that's a GOOD thing! I've always enjoyed trying and applying new techniques and color schemes and will forever work in that manner. I most enjoy creating custom functional work and doing my best to build bridges between a customer's vision and the final product. A handmade mug is the type of piece capable of telling a multitude of different stories. From the many hands that hold it, to the years of life and early mornings it witnesses, a mug is special, lucky enough to also be a piece of art.
White Fox Studio: Melissa Ragland
If you have visited with me at a show, or purchased my work, a thousand thanks! I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work in a field that I love. My day-to-day interactions at the clay shop allow me to learn from some of the greatest clay artists in Texas, as well as absorb the knowledge of my talented and experienced coworkers. Even though my 9-to-5 limits my time in the studio, the creative wheel is constantly spinning in the back of my head, allowing me to formulate and plan before I ever touch a slab. This allows me to have more specific intentions when I do get my hands on the clay, and I feel that my time is spent more efficiently and my motions are more purposeful because of it. Though I received my formal instruction in drawing and painting, I always enjoyed ceramics as my elective choice for studios. After completing my thesis and moving cross-country, I fell into the ceramics community almost by accident, and have found a deep-seated passion for clay. While I may not have ended up as an illustrator or painter by trade, my 2-D background expresses itself in the graphic nature of my pots. My goal as a potter is to make work that is fun, functional, and affordable, as well as artistically stimulating. Functional pottery is an intimate part of life, and I've found that the pots a person gravitates toward tend to be an expression of their personality. Nothing feels better than seeing a person's excitement when they discover that particular cup or plate that fits them, like finding a reflection of the soul.
Wow Texas Honey
Our bees enjoy the warmth of the South Texas sunshine and the expanses of our wide-open ranches. We place our bee boxes near natural Guajillo shrub growth and next to natural ponds or stock tanks. Beyond the happy bees you'll find happy cows - our cattle roam free and are raised organically without adding extra hormones or any harmful chemicals.