SHOPPIN' FOR LOVE

I CANNOT wait for this Valentine's Day pop up at my absolute favorite Austin spot, Hotel San Jose!  Austin friends, if you're in the area, stop by and say hi to me and my other Birch & Goldberry babes :)  We'll be there with our friends Evens and Nelson Project and we'd love to see you! 

BODEGA

Getting super excited for Bodega, happening this Sunday from 12-5 at The Houston Foundry, located at 1712 Burnett Street! Come out and do some shoppin'! 

THE ICE BOX!

My baby piece in The Ice Box at Box 13 Art Space! (Also pictured: Emily Link, Melinda Laszczynski & Masumi Kataoka).


FANCY FEAST /// UNDER THE RADAR

Come say hi to me, my HBU friends, and my lil' sculpture guys tonight (part of my new installation "Fancy Feast") at the Williams Tower gallery. Our group show "Under the Radar," curated by Sally Sprout, opens this evening with a reception from 6-8:30! 

Birch & Goldberry Photoshoot

Earlier this summer, we collaborated with Carissa Hempton of A Civil Fox and Joshua Anderson to photograph our new products and packaging for the fall season.

Such a dream to work with these two very talented and creative people! 

See more photos & products on our website :)

All photos by Joshua Anderson & creative direction by Joshua Anderson & Carissa Hempton.

SUMMER MENTIONS

A few recent summer mentions for Birch & Goldberry!

Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, Summer 2015 Issue, "Personal Touches," page 58

Southern Living Magazine, June 2015 Issue, "Staff Picks", page 78

American Diary #7

I just arrived home from Germany where I spent the past month at the Molzberger Academy of Fine Arts summer residency program in Hilmsen. During this time, we created work for a one night pop up exhibition held at the beautiful Kunsthaus Salzwedel. The picture below is a group shot of all the participating artists, along with Hans Molzberger of Molzberger Academy (who is also one of my professors at HBU!). The sculptures featured in the photo are part of an installation titled "Through Death There is Life," by my friend and artist Rachel Gardner

Photo courtesy the talented Jürgen Bode.

Photo courtesy the talented Jürgen Bode.

My piece for American Diary #7: MICROCOSM, 2015, Mixed Media Installation

My piece for American Diary #7: MICROCOSM, 2015, Mixed Media Installation

Me with my installation on the opening night of our show at the Kunsthaus. More information & photos of "Microcosm" can be found here. 

Me with my installation on the opening night of our show at the Kunsthaus.

More information & photos of "Microcosm" can be found here

STUDIO

Whenever I feel stressed or just need a bit of inspiration, I look up pictures of my favorite artists working in their studios.  Works like a *charm*.

Today I spent some time with the lovely Helen Frankenthaler. 

Helen Frankenthaler photographed for LIFE magazine.

Helen Frankenthaler photographed for LIFE magazine.

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A crew installing Helen Frankenthaler’s painting 'Guiding Red', 1977

A crew installing Helen Frankenthaler’s painting 'Guiding Red', 1977


"What, Why, Help, Stand Up Straight!"

I just spent a very eventful afternoon in my studio trying to get this thing to stand up straight and not fall over on top of me.  I have laughed, cried, shouted obscenities and basically experienced every emotion known to man at this point. It is standing, for the time being. God willing, it will look the same in the morning. 

Problem Child (will be renamed at a later, better time), 2015, spray insulation foam, salt & ink wash, house paint

Problem Child (will be renamed at a later, better time), 2015, spray insulation foam, salt & ink wash, house paint


Resolutions

My New Year's Resolution for 2015 was to write down (to the best of my ability) every time I saw or experienced an act of kindness from a stranger.  I briefly began keeping a list in the summer of 2013 but, unfortunately, my impulse to document these happenings was short-lived (sadly).

I found this original list over Christmas break and was inspired to start it back up again.  

I'm a few weeks late on this but, better late than never!

So here we go! In the past week, I have had pleasing encounters with: 

1. A Devoted FedEx Employee: Little did I know when I rushed into FedEx to ship a customer’s order that I would meet one of the sweetest women in the whole entire world.  I connected with this woman.  In probably all of 7 minutes we talked about life, career decisions, regret, bravery and knowing you have a purpose in this world.  And she also triple-checked the address to which I was shipping.  My heart warms at this level of customer service.  

2. A flustered lady from New Mexico: Houston traffic is horrendous.  It is where all of happiness goes to suffer and die.  I don’t even recognize myself on the freeway truth be told.  I am not normally one to engage in conflict, but when I’m in rush hour, let me tell you, my hand is all over that horn.  Houston traffic does this to even the best of us.  

Anyways, the other day I was stuck in traffic on 6-10 and this lady in a white van with an out of state license plate had her blinker on to get into my lane.  When I first got my license, I was a soft-heated little fool who would let anyone and everyone into my lane.  I used to get so livid and straight up crazy when people did not offer a courtesy wave when I would do so.  (In truth, I still do.) But nearly a decade of driving on the ruthless streets of Houston will do strange things to you.  I seldom let down my guard and voluntarily let anyone into my lane anymore.  Maybe this makes me a bad person, I don’t know…I am still grappling with this.

However, something was different on that day.  Perhaps it was her frantic demeanor and pleading eyes, maybe it was the fact that the New Mexico license plate is probably my favorite, but I let out a soft little sigh and decided what the hay, I’ll give this lady a break.  I wasn’t expecting any gesture of gratitude.  After all, life on 6-10 had taught me to expect none. But this lady defied my expectations.  Not only did she wave at me from inside her car as she moved over into my lane, but when she had done so, she rolled down her window, stuck her multi bracelet-clad arm out the window and started emphatically waving her hand again!  I just stared at her dumbstruck.  Was this really happening? 

I can’t even tell you how touched I was, especially given the fact that this was rush hour and she sort of ran the risk of having her protruding bedazzled arm hit by an oncoming vehicle.  This woman, this stranger from New Mexico, was a hero.  May her life be richly blessed for the goodness she showed me on that afternoon.

I’m aware this was a rather small occurrence but it truly changed my freeway-driving attitude.  There is good in this world after all and life lessons to be learned always. 

In conclusion, whether on the freeway or shipping a package, you never know where goodness and kindness will find you.  Hopefully I’ll have more to write about in the very near future!  

So Long, Dear 2014

I don’t know about the rest of the world, but I, for one, would have liked a week or two more of 2014.  I am very conflicted about my feelings towards January.  For the majority of my life I’ve hated this month most of all.  Not only is Christmas over and you see dead trees in everyone’s trash piles, but the weather gets even more frigid and it seems as though every other day is overcast and the sun takes a post-holiday vacation until mid-March.

But, alas, 2015 we are in and I’ll spend the next 2 months scratching out 2014 in all the date spaces on every document or form that comes my way.

It does no good to dwell, so I’ve decided to reinvent January for myself this year.

Time for new goals, projects and *hopefully* a better organized life.  In fact, “GET ORGANIZED” is number one on my New Year’s resolution list.  Oh, the woes of the scatter-brained individual.

Part of being organized will be to keep this here blog updated.  So, if you are reading this, 1, thank you very much and 2, keep checkin’ back, because more happenings and studio updates will be added quite soon! 

 

Something Old, Something New

The Winter months always make me feel quite nostalgic.  Looking back at some old pictures of my studio today.  Here's one of my old studio in 2012 at the University of Houston...

...and another one from my new studio for my first semester at Houston Baptist University.