Yesterday was a banner day–I had FIVE HOURS to spend on the East Austin Studio Tour! Formula 1 crowds be damned (and really, they were nowhere to be found), my friend Kathryn and I took a leisurely pace, starting with Susan Wallace and Lori Linder/Litmus Industries (stop #56).
I’ve gushed about Susan’s and Lori’s work before on the blog, so you know I’m a huge fan of both of them. Susan gave us the grand tour of her enviable open-air studio in her backyard.
I have long coveted Susan’s mid-century inspired aluminum screen doors and was excited to hear that she is partnering with Crestview Doors on a line due to come out early next year, so be on the lookout for that.
Also in the backyard, Lori Linder of Litmus Industries is showing these amazing, modern stained glass screens:
I love the planter box and the cute little table with hairpin legs. The top of that table is made from samples of Marmoleum or laminate or something–pretty ingenious.
From there, we moved on to Flatbed Press, Space 12, and then Misha Maynerick Blaise‘s house. Misha’s work is intricate, modern, and colorful, but dang it if I didn’t lose my head on the documentation front and forget to take photos, so check out her website and go to her studio today (last chance!). I was taken with the happy vibe of her living and kitchen area, and intrigued by some circular white things coming out of the walls. Hey, I’m an interior designer, what can I say? I had to ask…turns out Misha’s husband’s business–Equitable Green Group–is dedicated to green building, and those white circles were small air vents for their passive heating and cooling system. If you’re interested in supercool techmology like that where home building is concerned, I offer you the twofer of Misha’s art and her hub’s home building efforts! (Stop #40.)
Following that, we headed to Jennifer Balkan‘s cute little blue studio (stop #37)–also in her backyard. Jennifer’s workspace is another idyllic spot. Both she and Susan have my admiration for their discipline in such working environments. I would be daydreaming all the time out there. Especially with all of these beautiful paintings surrounding me. Sigh.
Jennifer’s backyard is pretty imaginative, too.
After leaving Jennifer’s studio and backyard, I had such an urge to run to the paint store and start painting everything around my house in these happy colors!
From there, we hit stop #24–the perfect spot to take all of your girlfriends. Walking in there was like Girl’s Night Out. There was a lot of fab jewelry–Adaptive Reuse’s upcycled tin jewelry and there were also pieces from another crafter made from broken china. Sandy Waltuck of PAPERooT has some fun art pieces on display that incorporate stitching and sweet sentiments, and Liz Potter–whom you may know from Bolsa Bonita–was showing her incredibly haunting photography as well. The house is superfun and what a great place to kick off your Christmas shopping! I neglected to take pics here too, so check out these websites for more visuals: Adaptive Reuse / PAPERooT / Liz Potter Photography
We swung back around to Jennifer Chenoweth / Fisterra Studios (stop #181), which is always a treat. You have to go there! Just walking through the front yard got me back to thinking about painting everything in my yard:
I couldn’t take photos indoors because there was no one to ask for permission, but we saw some amazing pendant lights from Animalis that you will want to see, and the house itself is just oozing fun, charm, and coolness.
We hit Catherine Dudley‘s studio at the Tillery afterwards, but again, I managed to forget myself where the camera is concerned. Highly recommend visiting her (stop #82) and checking out her website!
I have to bolt to a birthday party before our last day of EAST, but leave you with this fun shot taken behind the Tillery studios–artist unknown. Shiny!
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