First day of Spring...

If you read this blog, you know I abhor the today is a very good day. I thought the best way to celebrate the first day of spring was with this stunning painting by one of my favorite artists, Katherine Sandoz of Savannah, Georgia. It's called Rose Peony and it's perfect. Enjoy the day, it's a new beginning...

If you're in Atlanta over the next few weeks, be sure to see an exhibit of Katherine's work at the Hagedorn Foundation Gallery, open till April 11. 



Lesley Patterson-Marx

I love to be a part of the artist community here in the South. There is so much support, encouragement and cross promotion among us as we all believe so strongly in the arts. Atlanta based photographers and filmmakers, Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson are among my friends here and they were kind enough to send along a few photographs they took of an artist they happened upon in Nashville last week. Her name is Lesley Patterson-Marx...

Lesley's workshop, like each photograph, speaks a thousand words. She's a collector, a dreamer, a feeler and maker. Lesley, "Through the process of making prints, drawings, artist's books and mixed-media work, I express my sense of wonder at the connections between human life and abundant beauty of the natural world, my sense of awe at the discovery of order within chaos and my perception of the sublime mysteries that lie within the mundane." 

Her Book Objects are playful yet layered and complex. She is inspired by the histories of people and things and enjoys the process of giving each found object new meaning and narrative. With items like her jars of buttons, old photos, bug-eaten leaves and cicada wings, Lesley crafts rich stories yet to be told. 

Her body of work is impressive as it also includes drawings, sculptural objects and handmade sketchbooks. These intricate books are crafted with hand printed cloth and hand printed paper and are meant to hold and care for your old photos and collected treasures...

I particularly love Lesley's Paper Quilts. Lesley, "In my most recent work, I use printmaking as a form of collage, cutting up textures and images from larger prints that I have made. I then sew them together to form quilt like pieces that are meditations on the interconnectedness of all things, silhouettes from anonymous photographs of a bygone era, on which the viewer is free to cast his or her own narrative." 

Raised in Kentucky, now residing in Tennessee, Lesley is a southern girl through and through. Lesley, "In my work, you will find a cast of characters including the swallowtail butterfly, the mockingbird, the tulip poplar, cicadas, kudzu, my grandparents and many found photographs of anonymous southern people from long ago."

She adds, "The South is a mysterious and complex place, where the beautiful and painful histories co-exist." And history is best told and remembered through art... See all of Lesley's lovely mixed-media work, here. You can also see her work in person at the upcoming 4 Bridges Arts Festival in Chattanooga, April 10-12 or ongoing at Eastside Story in Nashville. 

And click here to peruse the work of Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson...they're all southern artists you need to know about, support and encourage...


Images: Anthony-Masterson; Lesley Patterson-Marx    Content: Sweet Peach



Jodi Hays

Art affects and engages people in different ways, that's the beauty of it. Whether you understand the intention behind the piece or not, if you leave that moment of observation inspired or changed in any way, it did its job. 

Artist, Jodi Hays of Nashville is really good at her job. Her paintings seem to effortlessly draw you in and ask you to stick around and meander a bit. As she shares, "My work is an eclectic abstraction drawing from sound bites, pattern and the built environment. I am drawn to the grid as a formal consideration, as it relates to architecture and landscape." 

Jodi, "The South is a place, rooted in tradition, both dark and light. I grew up in Arkansas and my painting is influenced -even grows from- this kind of view that the world is beautifully tragic and we all have something to say." 

Jodi loves to hear what others may interpret from a piece - but she does name each one in an effort to guide you through the narrative. From top left, you'll find noise averse, Iliketomoveit, the daily and Ladies and Gentleman, introducing...  

This painting is 'Florida (Twin)' and is a homage to the state. As Jodi shared, "There is a building in Destin that was supposed to have a 'twin' built right next door to it but for financial reasons was never realized. I love the potential in this story (and some of my family are from the Everglades) and its parallels to a life of process and painting." 

I feel like I'm an explorer as I study each piece... my eye travels a path and then takes a moment to delve deeper, searching for meaning or feeling. If one of her paintings hung upon my wall, I imagine I'd see something different each day. I like that...

To see Jodi's impressive collection of paintings both new and old, as well as her works on paper, click here. I hope you take the journey...


Images: Jodi Hays   Final Image: Tina Gionis          Content: Sweet Peach



The High Fiber

This past Sunday, I visited the Pop-Up shop at 200 Mill in Marietta, Georgia. The incredible artists who run this workshop, studio and retail space, (2 of which I've featured before on Sweet Peach: Ashley Woodson Bailey and Lindsay Troutman) open the Pop-Up one weekend a month. It doesn't disappoint...

The inviting, colorful space quickly gets your attention and the first item I couldn't stop admiring were these lovely towels by Daphne Cohan of The High Fiber, based in North Carolina. 

Daphne works in her home studio in a small mountain town just north of Asheville. She is inspired by nature, simplicity and community, which is apparent in each and every textile. 

As any friend of mine would attest, I love a good tea towel. But I have to say Daphne's really stood out to me- not only for their sweet designs, but because they were so soft. These are exactly the kind of tea towels I love to own. Plus, Daphne hand prints each one using organic, American made fabrics and solvent free, environmentally kind inks. 

Check out the entirety of Daphne's collection, which includes snack bags, totes and shopping bags, here. (or see in person at the next 200 Mill Pop-Up) Plus, peruse her new line of textiles, all made with the help of the sun and environmentally friendly materials, here. 


Images: The High Fiber;  First Image: 200 Mill       Content: Sweet Peach



In Charleston, South Carolina, you'll find a small group of skaters and artists who handcraft skateboards and longboards to admire and wish for...

Each board made at Locomotiv is made from a high quality hard maple and carved with a unique design for extra style and grip. On all the boards, you can also customize the base and accent stain, as well as the color of the wheels. 

A perfect purchase to start the spring...check out all the Locomotive Boards, here. 


Images: Locomotiv     Content: Sweet Peach


North End Bag Co.

It's Friday and I can't help but think about a weekend getaway. I'm in the mood...but as I'm overloaded with work and extra projects at the moment, it's not a possibility in the near future. I can, however, start to prep for that day of departure with the purchase of one of North End Bag Co.'s well crafted totes or duffles...  


Based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the artisans at North End Bag Co. take great pride in crafting bags built to last. Every one is meant to be used, abused, never left at home...

The bags are unisex and a good option for those who want quality and style but not the price tag of an all leather tote. Plus, they travel well- from one far flung adventure to the next. To peruse their entire collection of relaxed and reliable bags, click here. And happy weekend...


Imagaes: North End Bag Co       Content: Sweet Peach


Flannel & Floral 

I don't think I've ever seen an egg stand before but now that I have, I kinda love it. This stand, built for a half dozen eggs, is made of hand carved pine and walnut and sealed with tung oil. Makers Shannon and Megan Brantley of Southern Alabama make two other stands fit for a dozen eggs. See them here and here. 

In their online shop, Flannel & Floral, Megan and Shannon craft a multitude of wooden spoons, bowls and home decor items. I'm always a sucker for a new hand carved wooden spoon, no matter how many already fill my drawer...

You'll find almost a dozen wooden jewelry pieces in their shop as well. I love how they incorporate vintage brass chains with each piece to add character and style. 

How sweet is this pine and copper stand for your loose jewelry? Adding a few cute, stubby legs just makes all the difference, doesn't it? Peruse Megan and Shannon's entire online shop, here. 


Images:    Content: Sweet Peach



Vintage finds by 1767...

Patrick Hayes is a dabbler. He has a lot of passions, which include music, photography, art, design, food and mixology. I first found him after a glimpse at his rustic wall art on Instagram, featuring some incredible pieces made from reclaimed wood in Nashville. After perusing Patrick's website, I learned that he also curates a must see vintage shop.  

As Patrick salvages wood on a regular basis, he tends to stumble upon some very interesting finds along the way. His shop includes over a 100 vintage items for the home, with each item showcasing its old age and character. 

Many of his found pieces have a story to tell, like this round silver boho serving tray. It was salavaged from a home in the 12 South neighborhood of Nashville, a home that was just demolished but had been standing since 1930. 

Personally, my favorite find of Patrick's are these mid century drawer pulls, also once a part of the 1930 home. I'd love to polish them up and place these on my own bedroom dresser. Check out Patrick's entire site, which includes his blog and artwork, here.


Images:     Content: Sweet Peach



Michael Lane Walker

Wooden jewelry always feels timeless to me. I just don't see it ever going out of style, particularly with a collection of wearable designs as classic and cool as these...

Lane Walker of Michael Lane Walker Designs in Alpharetta, Georgia crafts bracelets and rings from both domestic and exotic woods like walnut, cherry, ash, oak, maple, mahogany and granadillo. Each piece has been well thought out and meticuously executed. Minimal yet complex...I like that. 

As Lane is in the process of creating his online shop, you can find his wooden jewels at various festivals and art shows throughout the year. Or, you can always contact him directly. In the meantime, check out his impressive photo gallery of wearable art pieces, here.


Images:    Content: Sweet Peach



Masculine Decor...


Images: My Paradissi;; unknown      Content: Sweet Peach 


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