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Thursday
Mar192015

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

 

Wednesday
Mar182015

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

 

Wednesday
Mar112015

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: 1767designs.com     Content: Sweet Peach

 

Friday
Feb062015

The Handmade Book...

These past few weeks, I've been cleaning out closets and cabinets and drawers and have been amazed how many different notebooks I've amassed. I love a good notebook, at home or on the job, where I can jot down ideas and doodle and write to-do lists and goals. So, by my very nature, I'm a big fan of these gorgeous handmade books crafted by Katie Gonzalez of Nashville, Tennessee.

What I love is how Katie studied the art of bookmaking in Cortona, Italy. It's a lovely little town I had the pleasure of visiting a few years ago that, like all of Italy, stirs the soul. Katie, "Visiting a medievel bindery, working with luxurious materials and learning to make paper by hand instilled a sense of tradition into my work." 

In her shop, you'll find her latest handmade creations which include sketchbooks, guest books and all manner of beautifully bound keepsakes. These leather photo albums are meant to display small, square sized photos, like those in your Instagram feeds. (Artifact Uprising is a great company for this) These books are also made to order so you can choose your own leather and thread color. 

All of Katie's leather books utilize the Italian longstitch binding which is decorative but also functional, allowing for the pages to lie flat when open for ease of writing. 

And since I threw away many of my old notebooks, I think it's only fitting that I start replenishing with books as pretty as these- books that help emphasize the importance and significance of each doodle or word. Mi piace molto...

 

Images: Psalm 27 Creative    Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Oct232014

Board and Bread

There's a lot to like about Emily Brock. She is a third generation woodworker living in Nashville, Tennessee who finds pure joy in her craft. With a wealth of knowledge at her fingertips and an artistic streak in her blood, she creates stunning everyday objects, including this walnut pendant.

In Emily's online shop, Board and Bread, you'll find these lights along with a mix of kitchen tools, including bowls, utensils, cutting boards and pie servers. 

Emily sources local Tennessee hardwoods like black walnut, curly maple and African rosewood. Her work is functional yet beautifully styled with a pretty, feminine touch. These pieces are heirlooms, meant to be used again and again as all of her kitchen tools are crafted to withstand the pressures of high heat and repeated use. 

Emily believes strongly that all the items in our homes can be meaningful. These tools live at the heart of the kitchen where family and friends gather and share... 

Emily, "I meshed my passion for cooking and sharing food with my desire as an artist to create functional, hand crafted items that enable myself and others to escape to the old world. A place where we all slow down and share food and life at a pace that allows for appreciation of the unique curl of grain on a maple spoon, or how the vibrant colors of winter citrus play against the dark tones of a serving board from Oregon Black Walnut." Like I said, there's a lot to like about Emily Brock...

 

Photos: Chris Daniels; Board and Bread      Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Oct092014

Ceri Hoover

As autumn is upon us, I'm on the lookout for the perfect brown leather bag. When I saw these beauties online the other day, designed by Ceri Hoover of Nashville, Tennessee, I had to learn more...

Ceri's background is in interior design. A couple years ago, after crafting her own cute clutch, Ceri received rave reviews from friends. So she decided to go all in and design an entire collection of bags for the wholesale market. 

Ceri launched her business in 2013 and is now in 100 boutiques nationwide. She feels her bags are sexy, not flashy. Ceri, "They resonate with women from 16 to 60. People want classic design and nothing I design is overstated." 

 

Many of her functional, classic bags include her signature look of mixing cowhide with a camel colored leather. The bags have a relaxed, edgy style that feels natural and unforced. Her collection is slowly expanding to include a men's line as well. I can't wait for that... until then, check out Ceri's entire shop, here.

 

Photos: Ceri Hoover      Content: Sweet Peach

 

Thursday
Aug282014

Nisolo

The one thing my wardrobe currently lacks is an array of good shoes. I tend to spend my money in every other direction but my feet. That's not to say I wear flip flops every day of the summer but I dare admit, I find a bit of bliss in their cozy simplicity. Yet, truth be told I do aspire for something more- something eye catching, well designed and if I'm lucky, made by a true craftsman...

Nisolo in Nashville, Tennessee was founded in 2011 after Patrick Woodyard took a job in Trujillo, Peru. During his stay, he met shoemakers who shared an exceptional talent as well as an inability to find a foothold in the industry. Although highly skilled, they were unable to find consistent work. 

Inspired, Patrick brought in designer, Zoe Cleary, whom after seeing the quality and passion of the Peruvian shoemakers firsthand, quit her job with a major fashion label to help create a company that would empower this group of craftsmen. Their work collectively would have purpose, meaning...and great style. To their credit, Patrick and Zoe have started one of the world's first social impact fashion labels. 

Besides shoes made for both men and women, their fashion label includes classic essentials like bags and accessories. I'm a bit head over heels for these leather totes, all priced under $200. The small leather clutch is $44...

For their producers, Patrick and Zoe facilitate sales, offer skills training, safe working conditions plus pay an average income increase of 300%. These are craftsmen who should be proud of their work and not worry about inconsistent employment or a savings for their family. As I aspire to find more meaning in my day to day work, this special group of artisans offers incredible inspiration. Now, about those shoes...

 

Photos: Nisolo      Content: Sweet Peach


Friday
Jun272014

I Dream of Weenie

A walk up lunch spot where you place your order through a screen and wait to hear your name called is a lunch spot near and dear to my heart. So when Ruthie Lindsey posted this pic of community favorite, I Dream of Weenie on her Instagram account a few days ago, I was all smiles. Ear to ear. 

This nationally acclaimed hot dog spot, situated in an old VW van, is located in East Nashville and has a weenie with homemade toppings to satisfy each and every customer. From top left: The Nacho-Cheese-n-Mac Weenie; The Greek Weenie with sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts olive and feta; The Chinese Foo Dog with ginger-hoisin sauce, Asian slaw and crunchy chow mein noodles; The Chili Cheese Weenie; The Bloody Mary Halloweenie.

Owner Leslie Allen manages a steady stream of devout locals and tourists. The tried and true weenies are available on the menu every day as well as a special that changes daily. Plus, she's added a Weenie Brunch for Sunday which, as far as she knows, is the only one of its kind in the world. Just another reason to stop by and say hey and place your order through a screen. Then wait to hear your name called...

 

Photos: I Dream of Weenie      Content: Sweet Peach


Wednesday
Jun112014

Handmade Studio TN 

If you believe in love at first sight then you may believe in my complete adoration for this platter. At first glance, I was smitten. 

Morgan Williamson discovered her clay obsession in Atlanta and now works out of a collaborative artist space in Nashville, called Fort Houston. It is here that she sculpts, fires and glazes incredible pieces for the home that are simple, beautiful, imperfect. 

Morgan offers three equally gorgeous textures for her ceramics: burlap, smooth or lace. You can choose between three glaze options as well: sand, buttercream or white. All of her pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe and each one is meant to be used, admired. 

What fun to have a dinner party with all of her lovely, sophisticated wares. See the entirety of Morgan's work at her online shop, Handmade Studio TN, here. Maybe you'll fall in love too...

 

Photos: Handmade Studio TN     Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Jun092014

Mitchell Bat Co.

I like anybody who takes time to make sports more stylish. I mean, baseball is boring enough, but alas, I perk up at the idea of a well designed, colorful baseball bat. How can that not be a good thing?

Jeremy Mitchell is a visual artist and filmmaker living in Nashville, Tennessee. With a strong love for baseball and design, he's combined his passions to create Michell Bat Co. With his handiwork, the ubiquitous beige bat is finally getting a makeover.

Jeremy hand paints dozens of bats and gives each one a name like The Nashville, The Tampa Bay or The Southsider. Each bat is made of solid maple and is 33" long. Plus, as the bats are made to order, Jeremy can create custom colors of your choosing.  

A portion of the proceeds from all sales will go to mlb.com/rbi, an organization that revives baseball in Inner cities. Love that. 

I love this creation too. It's the Lemon Ball Baseball made from Horween Chromexcel leather. As stated on the site, "Lemon Ball baseballs are classic baseballs inspired by the original lemon peel style base ball from the early 19th Century." For $38 bucks, it's a pretty cool gift.

As I haven't thought about baseball in quite some time, I'm thankful to Jeremy for bringing it back into my awareness with style. If you have a baseball fanatic in your life, may I suggest one of these bats or baseballs to upgrade their game. They may not necessarily play better, but it'll make me (and possibly you) keep from uttering the phrase 'baseball is boring' ever again...

 

Photos: Mitchell Bat Co.     Content: Sweet Peach