What is it about living in Austin, TX?
I am a native Texan. I have lived in Austin, since the late 1980s. It is a beautiful place to live, music, poets, and lots of makers. There are many fairs and selling spots for the handmade seller. There are many universities and of course The University of Texas~I happen to be a graduate of Saint Edward’s University. Austin is the State Capital of Texas and very photographic. One of my favorite pictures is that of my daughter and her now husband.
Downtown Austin, Texas by Tiffany Campbell Photography
Normally I focus on Etsy Sellers for my Blogging here on WordPress. Today, I am focusing on a few things that are happening in the Local Central Texas Area. We locals are very proud of our City and readying for the Holiday Season!
The Pecan Street Festival is one of the largest, and longest-running, arts, crafts and music festivals in the nation presented by The Pecan Street Association (which is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization). The festival has been produced by Special Events Live since 2006. The Pecan Steet Festival runs this year September 24th (11AM – 10PM) & September 25th (11AM – 8PM). The Festival is located between East 7th Street and East 6th Street in Downtown Austin, TX. You will see many vendors on East 6th Street and the Music areas spill over to 7th Street. (Please note: I tried a number of the links on the Pecan Street Festival page and they are broken or take you to a site that is not the local artist). If you want to see an artist’s work, I suggest looking them up in a Google Search.
A friend of mine Jennie M. Bennett is a beautiful jewelry artist who will have a booth at the festival will be Booth number 99 if looking at the Pecan Street Festival Webpage or walking the Festival she will be located on the North side of 6th Street between Trinity and Nueces. Be sure to look Jennie up, as she is an amazing artist! She handcrafts her Sterling Silver jewelry here in Austin, using jewelry tools for her art! She is a fantastic human, artist and is very down to earth. I really enjoy knowing her. Jennie gives a nod to the South Congress Bridge with her Sterling Silver Bat Jewelry. She also makes jewelry she can customize just for you. Do check her out at the Pecan Street Festival, or on the 23rd Artists’ Market and on online at Etsy Examples of Jennie’s work below. Click the image and go to her Etsy Shop!
One of my favorite people in the world is Brenda Armistead, she is not only an imaginative artist, human being and a really great friend of mine. She not only works in clay, she paints, sews and does machine embroidery. She is very creative and makes a variety of art. Her Etsy Shop is called Grannygoodfish. Below are a couple of examples of Brenda’s work:
A number of Artists or Makers create Bat items as Austin has a bridge where bats live during the summer, it is a great outing to see the bats emerge on South Congress, in downtown Austin.
Brenda Armistead’s smooth, hand-thrown porcelain yarn bowls will be featured during the Hill Country Yarn Crawl at A Sheep at the Wheel Yarn Company, stop #12 on the Yarn Crawl Map. A Sheep at the Wheel is full of beautiful, top quality fiber and supplies, and is located at 3010 Williams Dr. Ste 162 in Georgetown, Texas. Store hours during the event dates of October 7 –15 are 8am – 6pm, and 8am – 5pm October 16. I will be adding more about A Sheep at the Wheel Yarn Company later in the Blog~
I had Brenda give me a write up on on why she loves working in the Austin, Area. She told me that she was never that kid parked in front of the Television, she was outside playing in the dirt under the home’s porch in the dirt. Now, she is a studio potter and a proud grandmother of 4 “brilliant grandkids.” She told me that she loves making and selling in the Austin area as it is a highly creative, rich market scene, and the great variety support for the arts. Brenda states, “the breadth of the Austin market allows me to reach, artistically, in any direction I want. I make a lot of functional wheel-thrown porcelain ware, but I also love sculpture, sewing, and machine embroidery.” To hone Brenda’s skills she attends classes and workshops as time permits her and she funds her continued education through participation in local pop-up market sales and online at her market online. Brenda will be a part of the 2016 Hill Country Yarn Crawl and she has her Yarn Bowls at a Brick and Mortar Store in Georgetown, TX called A Sheep At the Wheel.
A Sheep at the Wheel is a brick and mortar store in Georgetown, Texas about 30-40 minutes North of Austin. It is a great town and has a lot of markets for the handmade seller to sell at.
Susan Moses is the owner of the establishment, she states that Central Texas is such a wonderfully creative area, it has a long history of talented artisans. I asked Susan to answer why they love owning a yarn store? She said that having so many beautiful colors and textures around unleashes the creative spirit. The residents in Central Texas love to create, and Sheep at the Wheel enjoy helping creatives in accomplishing artful activities. Susan’s family has lived in Georgetown for over 20 years. Opening the store helped her fulfill her dreams. Susan states that their customers are fabulous. Plus they enjoy meeting and socializing with other fiber enthusiasts. Sheep at the Wheel features locally thrown yarn bowls from Austin’s Brenda Armistead of Granny Goodfish, hand dyed yarn from Arelene Ottoviano of Bronotta also from Austin. The shop also has their own lines of hand dyed yarns dyed by Georgetown’s own Suzanne Correira of Fireant Ranch and they have other makers for dyed yarns too. The shop carries a wide range of domestic and international brands that made using fair trade.The shop will be joining in the Hill Country Yarn Crawl that runs from October 7 – 16th.
Shop Address & Hours 3010 Williams Drive #162, Georgetown, Texas 78628. Regular store hours: Mon -Sat 10 am – 5 pm & Knit night Wednesday’s 7-9 pm
Yarn Crawl Hours:
Oct. 7-15 8 am – 6 pm
Oct. 16 8 am – 5 pm
Cara Morgan of Spoiled Cats Crochet
My third and final person to blog today is Cara Morgan of Spoiled Cats Crochet. Cara Morgan states that crafting and peddling my wares are in my blood as both her parents are artisans. She can remember when she was young her parents packing everything up to go to a market to sell their wares so she comes from good artisan stock! While she remembers seeing crochet hooks and yarn being around the house, “I didn’t really start crocheting until after college. It was actually a good friend who knits that got me interested in fiber arts.” Cara stated. “Once I got a good grasp on reading patterns and LOTS of practice, crochet became a way to not only create, but also relax and relieve stress.” She is a gal after my own heart as I use creating to relax too.
Cara has a shop on StoreEnvy, she is crocheting such sweet things for the Fall holidays! Spoiled Cats Crochet creates small to mid-sized fiber art for every day or the current season. Each item is handmade in a home studio in Austin, Texas. Cara likes to make fun/silly crochet…”weird things.” Crochet is so much more than tea cozies, doilies, and afghans. She states that her top seller is my 100% cotton Cat Butt Coaster. She is currently working on a pepperoni pizza scarf. Austin appreciates “weird things.” This is one of the main reasons why she loves selling in Austin. The city takes pride in local craftsmanship. Whether it be beer, music, arts, or food, more people in Austin appreciate local handmade goods. Becoming part of the craft community has been such an amazing experience. Cara states that “I’ve met so many other great artists that I admire.” Cara opened a shop to help keep up with her hobby and bring herself more joy learning harder and harder patterns.
Let me know if you have any stories or Craft Fairs you would like me to share! You can reach me at Objectsandoddities on Facebook or http://www.Objectsandoddities.com. I would be happy to write about your Local show~