This year’s East Austin Studio Tour wrapped up yesterday with another gorgeous sky and California-style temperatures–perfect for getting out and about. And all of those Formula 1 crowds everyone was crowing about? Never saw ’em. So thanks to the event planners, who managed to divert that crap around to other parts of Austin so that the tour wasn’t affected!
The first stop I made that really blew me away was at Perch Co-Working, where Melissa Borrell was showing her unique jewelry. I could have gone home with any (or all) of it and have been ecstatic, but my pre-Christmas budget limited me to one self-indulgent purchase. Her Pop-Out designs feature very delicate imagery laser cut out of metal, that you pop out of a small card and hang from the earring hooks or chain provided.
She’s also creating fab pieces with a 3D printer, like the earrings she was wearing yesterday:
I was also taken with her wall decor, laser cut from cardboard:
Melissa will be selling her wares at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar this year, so if you’re looking for distinctive holiday gifts, you’ll want to look for her there–or buy online at her website.
My next stop was another fave–Erin Elizabeth Curtis had her intricately patterned paintings hung in the dining area of her superunique home, which was a work of art in and of itself.
Erin’s work looks like finely-woven textiles, but they’re painstakingly-created paintings. Even the hangers are special:
Check out how cool Erin’s staircase is:
Have to admit, I coveted the coffee table on her front porch, too:
See more of Erin’s work on her website.
My final stop made me smile. How can you not, when you look at the work of Charlie Chauvin, a.k.a., “Chawlie”:
For more info, check out Chawlie’s website.
That was it for the day. Like these pedicabs I saw along my route, I went home and parked it!
Well, that’s really friggin funny. Melissa Borrell had some stuff on Fab the other day and I bookmarked the flower necklace and earring set as a “potential Robin gift”. Lol. Hmmm! Makes me happy that I know you so well – what’d you end up with?
Glad I got to tour EAST through you this time around, cause I didn’t make it out! /:
Wow, how funny, Claire! I got this necklace, in black:
I have always loved your gifts so I’m not surprised that you would zero in on something I like so much 🙂
Ha! I was envisioning this, in red:
I’m generally a relatively crappy gift giver, but I think maybe stalking you for years before I worked for you might have given me a one-up. (:
I have such a hard time believing you’ve ever been a “relatively crappy gift giver.” you’ve always been right on w/me!