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on the cover: christian klein of drophouse design.Christian is weari n g a c o at f r o m t h e l i m i t e d e d i t i o n P e n d l e to n P o r tl a n d C o l l e c t i o n e x c l u s i v e l y s o l d i n A u s t i n a t STAG . photogr aphy by michael thad c arter

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Social Hour


Behind the Scenes


Kristin Armstrong


Product Pick


Exposed: Roni Sivan


Street Fashion


Perspective: Chris Bilheimer


My Life


My Austin: Hawkeye Glenn & Family 104

Style Pick




Arts & Entertainment Calendar


Dining Pick


Artist Spotlight


Our Little Secret




Editor’s Letter


ust as the feel of fall was rolling in, fans of HELM Boots convened on a Sunday night at Easy Tiger to watch “Hard Work,” a film series by Ryan Scheer that featured six mini-docs on Austin-based creatives who reflected on their inspirations from their respective work spaces. I was particularly taken with art director Chris Bilheimer’s film. He started doing design work for R.E.M in 1994 and has since worked for Weezer, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Beck, among others. As Bilheimer worked in his studio, he said: “If you want to do something, you just have to go and do it because that’s the only way you can find out if you can. And then that’s the only way other people will find out you can…no one is going to make you do it…” Everyone featured in our first ever Makers Issue didn’t just talk about doing something; they worked with their hands and became experts in their craft—building furniture, welding or making pâté. For our main feature story, “The Makers,” we struggled to edit down our wish list down to 16 profiles since Austin has such a vibrant and thriving community of talented craftsmen and women. We are so pleased with our final lineup and must give our sincerest gratitude to photographer Wynn Myers. This was her first assignment for TRIBEZA, and we appreciate all the work and creative energy she put into thoughtfully photographing each maker. The jacket seems to be one of the biggest trends this season, so instead of using a model to illustrate it, we enlisted five makers to try out everything from the trench and pea coat to the classic jean jacket. Christian Klein of Drophouse Design, who fabricates furniture, light fixtures, architectural details and built space, is pictured on our cover and shares the perfect closing thought for this issue about his life as a maker— "Working with your hands lets you occupy the middle space between ideas and things." It was our privilege to spend time with the makers, learning about their processes in that "middle space." We've merely scratched the surface of the makers in our community and have a hunch this theme will be an annual tradition.

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TRIBEZA partnered with PUBLIC SCHOOL for the first ever A Custom Build event at Revival Cycles. This is one of the pieces the guys created for the event.

Special thanks to photographer John Pesina who captured not only all of our Style Week events, but so many of the events in our Social Hour section. Everyone loves getting snapped by Mr. Pesina, whom we greatly appreciate!

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TRIBEZA Fashion Show: 1. Jack & Carla McDonald 2. Erin Driscoll & John Thornton 3. Karen Rockwood, Averi Garcia & Elena Garcia 4. Justin Kitchen & Connie Mobley 5. Zarghun & Eddy Dean 6. Juliana & Patty Hoffpauir 7. Paul Qui & Deana Saukum 8. Anne Elizabeth & Joaquin Avellan 9. Will Hardeman & Anna Anami 10. Brigitte Buckholtz, Lisa Matulis-Thomajan & Carly Christopher 11. David Hockridge & Kathryn Weissler 12. Ericka Herod & TaSzlin Muerte 13. Ziggy Ramsey & Sarah Creel


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This year's TRIBEZA Fashion Show headed to the seventh floor of University Park Tower where guests stepped off the elevator to a stunning chandelier installation created by the Sofia and Victoria Avila, the lovely duo behind Mandarin Flower Co. Attendees mingled while taking in sweeping views of the city from every direction during a cocktail hour featuring drinks by Deep Eddy Vodka, Corona, Leprechaun Hard Cider, Skinnygirl Cocktails and Victoria and bites by Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar, Sara Belle's Bakery, Sullivan's Steakhouse, The Carillon, Urban and Walton's Fancy and Staple. The runway show began against a beautiful backdrop created by mf architecture featuring looks from Billy Reid, c. jane, CoStar, Estilo, Fawn + Raven, Julian Gold, Maya Star, Rare Trends, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Garden Room, Valentine's Too, Wanderlust Boutique and y&i clothing boutique. The show was produced by Erika Stojeba of ESC Consulting. Models rocked hair and makeup by José Luis Salon. It was the perfect ending to the ninth annual Dachis Group Presents TRIBEZA Style Week which benefited Citizen Generation.





TRIBEZA Style Week Kickoff Party

The Ninth Annual TRIBEZA Style Week kicked off at the By George flagship store in celebration of all things Austin fashion. Some of the Style Icons like Elena Garcia, Elaine Holton, Lisa Jasper, Miguel Rangel, Jim Ritts, Elizabeth Spruiell and Justin Kitchen, who were featured in the September Style Issue, mixed with the crowd, who were sipping drinks by Deep Eddy Vodka, Leprechaun Hard Cider, Skinnygirl Cocktails and Crown Imports and food by Apothecary. The talented sisters of Mandarin Flower, Sofia and Victoria Avila, created beautiful arrangements throughout the shop. Style Week Kickoff Party: 14. Miguel Rangel & Jared Brechot 15. Ben Law, Kristen VanderVeen & Phil Harrison 16. Dora Lee Malouf, Taylor Tehan & Rachel Baker 17. Erika Stojeba, Jenny Lee & Kate Risinger 18. Claire Zinnecker & Chanel Dror 19. Julie Urice & Zachary Spratt Smith 20. Jose Buitron & Bill Pitts 21. Bill Sallans & Jessica Pages 22. Chris & Wendy Bykowski 23. Justin Hancock & Lauren Revels

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TRIBEZA Style Brunch

TRIBEZA's Style Brunch host committee of Pepper Amman, Sofia & Victoria Avila, Stephanie Coultress, Lisa Hickey, Caroline Huddleston, Martha Lynna Kale, Sarah Reeves, Caitlin Ryan, Lauren Smith Ford, Camille Styles and Alex Winkleman brought their pals together for a fashion show featuring Billy Reid, Maya Star, Wanderlust, Copeland Jewelers, Etcetera, etc., Ron King Salon, Ricky Hodge Salon, Blo Blow Dry Bar and Kendra Scott, and brunch at Parkside. Guests also played a round of Travaasa Trivia and one lucky table won gift certificates to enjoy the spa.

TRIBEZA Fashion Flick

Fashion fans gathered at the Stateside at the Paramount Theater for Fashion Flick, a screening of Bill Cunningham New York as part of Dachis Group Presents TRIBEZA Style Week. The night was sponsored by Neiman Marcus and the first 50 to arrive received gift bags from Neiman Marcus. The couple that came dressed in the looks most likely to catch Mr. Cunningham's eye won a special package of dinner at Congress, spa treatments to Away Spa at the W Austin, two tickets to an ACL Live show and a shopping experience at Neiman Marcus.




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Style Brunch: 1. Emily Anne Skinner & Elise Reinbach 2. Danika Boyle & Lisa Hickey 3. Michaela Lindsay & Ane Urquiola 4. Anne Campbell & Camille Styles 5. Joanna Wilkinson & Sarah Reeves 6.Victoria Avila, Shannon Yarbrough & Ingrid Hallar 7. Christian Ramirez, Maile Roberts & Caroline Huddleston 8. Amy Bodle & Jackie Rangel Fashion Flick: 9. Peter & Patricia Keim 10. Ashley Gordon & Jimmy Cavaretta 11. Denise Rodriguez & Jennifer Carnes 12. Koli & KC Hurst


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A Custom Build

TRIBEZA partnered with the design collective Public School for the first ever A Custom Build at Revival Cycles during Dachis Group Presents TRIBEZA Style Week. The night was sponsored by Allens Boots, Austin Subaru and Neuro and brought together our favorite men's brands like Stag, By George, Howler Brothers, Criquet Shirts, Dandy's, Allens Boots, CoStar, Noah Marion Quality Goods and Helm for pop up stores throughout the Shop. Guests snacked on bites from Frank, Banger's Sausage, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew and Good Pop while sipping drinks from Neuro, Skinnygirl, Deep Eddy Vodka, Leprechaun Hard Cider and Crown Imports. Public School created a special art installation of black and white work just for the event.








A Custom Build: 1. Don Weir, Steve Shuck & Ted Allen 2. Adam Garner, Danielle Thomas & Bowman Garner 3. Lesliann Nemeth & Garrett Boyd 4. Dustyn Ellis & Amanda Parrots 5. Laurel Kinney & Cody Haltom 6. Caleb Everitt & Ryan Rhodes 7. Matt Genitempo & Jess Williamson 8. Stephanie Wright, Nick Moore & Katy Ballard 9. Lindsey Martin, Josh Huck & Meryl Oden 10. Alan Stulberg & Jenna Brannon 11. Laura Fisseler & Shaniece Parker


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HELM Boots Fall Launch Party



HELM Boots unveiled their first line of work boots beautifully crafted in the USA. Held at Easy Tiger, the launch party showcased classic motorcycles by Revival Cycles and limited edition silkscreen prints. Carlos Jackson DJed throughout the evening, while guests enjoyed bites by Easy Tiger and Golden Ale by South Austin Beerworks.






Ballet Austin celebrated 50 years of its Nutcracker production for Fête and fête*ish, spiriting guests away to the fantastical world of Clara’s dream, complete with whimsical sets and surprises around every corner. Guests danced into the night with the Invisible Czars, Mandy Lauderdale and DJ Spinderella, as they supported Ballet Austin’s education and outreach programs.

HELM: 1. Erin & Kyle Muller 2. Stefan Hertel & Louisa Crosby 3. Brian Kant & Lindsay Rosoff 4. Liz, Judah & Ben Kweller 5. Joshua Bingaman & Chad Gluckson 6. Chris & Hillary Bilheimer fête*ish: 7. Joseph & Stefanie Ting 8. Jordan Moser & Oren Porterfield 9. Alex Winkekman & Adam Zeplain 10. Alejandro Ruelas, Stephen Mills & Ana Ruelas


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Andy Roddick Foundation Gala The Andy Roddick Foundation hosted its seventh annual fundraising gala and concert at the W Hotel. The evening kicked off with a cocktail hour and sumptuous dinner, followed by an unforgettable performance by John Legend. The gala benefited the foundation’s efforts to support underserved youth through sportsbased mentoring and education.





Gensler White Party

Gensler, a renowned architecture, design, planning and consulting firm, hosted an elegant White Party at the heart of downtown Austin. Chef Paul Qui crafted an exquisite menu for the evening, while artwork provided by D Berman Gallery and featuring artist George Krause created a stunning backdrop.

ZACH Topfer Theatre Opening The ZACH's Topfer Theatre celebrated opening night with a gala featuring special guest and Broadway living legend Bernadette Peters. The 420-seat theatre is named in honor of Mort Topfer. To learn more about the Silver LEED-certified 32,000 square foot structure and plaza, visit







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Artists for Obama

Artists for Obama showcased the highly-anticipated Gemini Portfolio, a dynamic body of work by artists across the country. As they wandered through the Lora Reynolds Gallery, guests explored an eclectic array of pieces, from work by esteemed architect Frank Gehry to Ann Hamilton’s breathtaking art installations.

Texas Sun & Shade’s 25th Anniversary





Texas Sun & Shade celebrated 25 years of indoor and outdoor sun solutions in Central Texas. Friends, staff, family and clients joined founders and Swedish transplants Ben and Gudrun Skoldeberg at Abel’s on the Lake. As the sun began to set, guests toasted to Texas Sun & Shade’s quarter of a century of innovation.

TRIBEZA Architecture Issue Release Party Members of the architecture and design community convened at the W Residences pool deck to celebrate the unveiling of TRIBEZA's October Architecture Issue, which featured Jamie Chioco's latest project on the cover. Guests snacked on delicious selections from Joaquin Avellan's Dos Lunas Cheese and pâté from The Letelier Food Company and sips from the Duchman Family Winery and the Breckenridge Distillery. TRIBEZA partnered with Scott + Cooner on the event and those in attendance walked through a stunning penthouse furnished by Scott + Cooner.









Artists for Obama: 1. Carol, John Lynch & Sarah Finley 2. Alexa Wesner & Wyeth Wiedeman 3. Liz Rosenthal & Casey Coats 4. Ron Kirk, Lora Reynolds & Matthew Barzun TX Sun & Shade: 5. Lauren Vesser, Timothy James & Katherine Reagan 6. Dirk & Katy Dozier Release Party: 7. Jackie Letelier & Ben Runkle 8. Natalie Davis & Leigh Patterson 9. Jamie Chioco & Elizabeth Baird 10. Jennifer Rose Smith & Django Walker 11. Kelly Scheer & Katherine Reagan 12. Kirsten & John Stoddard


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Adelante’s 20th Anniversary

Adelante celebrated two decades of style at the 26 Doors Shopping Center. Since it opened its doors in 1992, the boutique, under the helm of Tricia Roberts, has become Austin’s destination for casual, elegant fashion. Friends, family and patrons savored bites by 34th Street Café and music by the Copa Kings.






The Block Party for No Kid Hungry

Chef David Bull transformed his renowned corner of Second and Congress into a culinary block party, benefiting No Kid Hungry’s mission to end childhood hunger. Visiting chefs, including Bradford Thompson and Lincoln Carson, joined local favorites, such as Bryce Gilmore and Josh Watkins, for a decadent evening of cuisine and drinks.


Waller Creek Benefit Concert

The Waller Creek Conservancy hosted a lively benefit concert under the stars, featuring acclaimed musician Gary Clark Jr. at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater. The evening benefited the Conservancy’s programs to transform Waller Creek into a beautiful urban park for the diverse residents of Austin.





Adelante: 1. Tricia Roberts & Marla Ross 2. Rochelle Rae & Marques Harper No Kid Hungry: 3. Claudia Blanchette & Courtney Knittel 4. Rene Ortiz & Laura Sawicki 5. Caroline Lomax & Lauren Yurko 6. Antowine Jenkins & Jessica Niznik Waller Creek: 7. Amal Safdar & Marianna Mooring 8. Melba Whatley & Sue Edwards 9. Blayne Tucker, Charles Attal & Gary Clark Jr.


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I poured myself an extremely nice glass of I was looking for something very specific and I llu s tr atio n by Joy G a ll agh er red and began to look through my recipe book, my heart was racing. slowly at first, then progressively more frantic. Finally, I found it, a small envelope tucked Oh, dear God. What if it’s lost? beneath a photo of my friend Peggy’s late mother and her famous I dumped the messy three ring binder upside down on the counrecipe for sheet cake. Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you, I ter. My mom gave me this cookbook when I moved off campus in breathed. college, so I could make all of our family favorites. It is a cherished I pulled it out and paused. I noticed her return address, the artifact, one of the material things that I would risk smoke inhalacanceled stamp and her beautiful handwriting—the practiced tion and (first degree) burns over in a house fire. It is stuffed with penmanship that was standard issue before we corresponded with loose papers, sticky notes, recipe cards and ripped magazine pages. updates and thumbs. My heart caught and lurched, like a new driver

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It is a cherished artifact, one of the material things that I would risk smoke inhalation and (first degree) burns over in a house fire.

learning how to feel the clutch. But I was going to Do This; I had been planning this all day. Suck it up. Open the envelope. There it was—my grandmother’s recipe for Bikut, Finnish cinnamon bread. My eyes blurred and I willed myself to just grow up and read the damn ingredients. I pulled them from the pantry and the refrigerator, calming myself with the kitchen rituals that have become part of me over forty-one years. This night was important. My grandmother died the day before, and the pain was as real and surreal as being left by your husband, or a car hitting your dog. It was raining outside; the thunder rumbling like God was hungry. I lit every candle I could find, refilled my wine glass and followed her instructions. I mixed yeast with warm water and let that sit. I added butter, sugar, salt and scalded milk to my mixer. Then I added eggs and flour, following the curves of her handwriting and willing myself to hear her voice, patiently explaining the details that were second nature to her. I plopped the dough onto a floured cutting board, pulled off my ring and started to knead. Funny how knead and need sound the same. Hardly anyone bakes bread from scratch anymore. But my grandma (Mummu, in Finnish) would bake bread to make a sandwich or bake a blueberry


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pie as an after school snack. What we consider extravagant effort was to her, as easy as, well, pie. It made me wonder why I am so freaking busy, why my bikut never looks like hers—mine always has holes and gaps by the center swirl making the butter leak onto the plate. Hers was just right. I got almost all the way through, reading and doing, checking and rechecking until I got to one line: Call me when you get to this point. Oh. Oh, ouch. Oh, no. My grief spilled, through all my holes, like melted butter onto a plate. The dough rose. I punched it down. It rose again. And I separated it and rolled it with a rolling pin and covered it with butter and brown sugar and cinnamon. And I rolled each portion into a loaf, pinching the edges so it would somehow stay together when all it probably wanted to do was fall apart. It baked and the smell of comfort flooded my house and my nostrils. I would have loaves to bring to her funeral, after all. I would tuck them carefully in my carry on bag and woe to any TSA agent who tried to stop me. These loaves were going to Phoenix, an offering to my aching family of healing and memories. A (buttered) toast to a life well loved. Art is only lost art when we refuse to become an artist.


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hen Roni Sivan first visited Cambodia two years ago, she had no idea she would fall in love with the country and its culture. “It’s the people,” she says. “They are so happy and generous—it’s amazing how resilient they are.” Since her return to Austin, Sivan has sought to give back to the country that inspired her. After building a community center for a village outside Siem Reap in the spring, Sivan launched krama wheel this September, a line of beautiful, gingham scarves handmade in Cambodia. For every scarf purchased, krama wheel gives a Cambodian child a uniform—a requirement for school attendance—that has been hand-sewn by women in the local community. “It’s a cycle of giving back and keeping everything on the ground there,” Sivan notes. In fact, supporting Cambodian craftsmanship is central to krama wheel, where each scarf is carefully handcrafted by local artisans, from the women who weave cotton on looms beneath their stilt houses to the workshop of disabled artisans who sew the krama wheel label. “It’s very much a hands-on, handcrafted process,” Sivan says. “No scarf is exactly like any other one.” Named after the children she met along her travels, krama wheel scarves are a testament to the courage and strength of the Cambodian people, and Sivan looks forward to sharing their story. “Our scarves are for the wonderers and wanderers of the world,” she says. For more information about krama wheel or to purchase a scarf, visit L. SIVA

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What is your most treasured possession? On my most recent visit to Cambodia, several of the kids I met gave me their construction paper depictions of the new community center in their village. I gave one to each of my fundraising volunteers back in Austin and have one framed above my desk as a reminder of that day and similar ones to come on future visits.

Where and when are you the happiest? By the ocean. If we could bring the California coast and climate to Austin, I’m not sure I would ever leave!


I have not only collected my notes in there, but also mementos from my favorite places to recommend to friends or to hopefully go back to myself.

If you were an inventor, what would you invent? Teleportation. I would love to more easily reconnect with people and places around the world without the restrictions of distance, time or money keeping us apart.

If you weren’t in your current career, what would you be? A photographer. In high school and college, I was doing my own developing and printing in the darkroom. I’ve gone completely point-and-shoot digital now but miss the control behind the entire process and the excitement of not knowing what you captured until you get in the darkroom.

What piece of art would you most like to own?

What is the most essential item you take with you on your travels?

Fernando Botero’s Mona Lisa—it’s witty, sweet and robust like all his other portraits. His work always makes me smile.

I take a new notebook for every trip. My thoughts flow so much more freely when I am away, and I like being able to jot them down when they are fresh. By the end of each trip,

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If you could have a dinner party with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?

I was young. I would love the opportunity to learn more about her life over one of her famous home-cooked meals. During the Holocaust, she fled Transylvania at age 16 without her parents to what later became Israel; I wish I had the chance to hear her firsthand account of that time.

Who are your real-life heroes? Somaly Mam is the epitome of resilience. Rather than resigning herself to being a victim of sex trafficking, she has become a role model for other victims and puts her life at risk on a daily basis to help Cambodian women escape horrendous circumstances. It’s grassroots leaders like her who prove that even the world’s most daunting problems can be tackled by investing in one person at a time.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome? Overcoming the fear of starting a business when I have no background in business. Finding the courage to take my “someday” dream off the back burner and figuring out how to turn it into a reality was a huge step and continues to be an exciting experience. P h oto g r a p h y by jay b s au c eda











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Chris Bilheimer Art Director

The Maker’s Mindset—a look inside the process of an acclaimed artist and designer.


hate talking about myself, so writ-

aspect of the Imposter Complex is (in therapy-

This is confusing and your only options are

ing anecdotes about my career as a

speak) the inability to internalize your accom-

to believe that: a) This person is an idiot or b) You

“Maker” is an act of narcissism that I

plishments. But what does that mean, and why

somehow tricked them. If you’re young and don’t

am not comfortable with. I accepted

does this afflict Makers?

know any better, you choose option B. (At least I did.)

TRIBEZA’s offer to write for this is-

You have no idea how, but you appear excep-

sue because I have been on a mission of personal

search other than a lifetime of hanging out with

tional—maybe genius—even though you are to-

growth—by which I mean “trying to not be a

artsy types. I have met and worked with some of

tally winging it. Then it happens again and again,

weirdo”—and am forcing myself out of my comfort

the world’s biggest musicians, photographers and

and a fear starts to set in. Any minute, everyone

zone. This may sound admirable or adventure-

artists over the last 18 years and have found this

will find out you are a total fraud and have no idea

some, but for me it means doing things like “talk-

secret terror to be a common thread linking us all.

what you are doing. You are an imposter and they

ing to strangers on the telephone” or “talking to

I’ll explain it like this: pretend you are a

are going to be so pissed when they find out. Hopefully, rationality and maturity will push

strangers in person” or “eating fish.” Writing about

child with a natural skill for something. You just

myself doesn’t come naturally, and I feel like I am

instinctively draw an object exactly how you see it.

this voice to the back of your mind, but even years

being a fake. Now that I think about it, sharing

Or you stack blocks in a way that looks really cool

of school, training and hard work are not guaran-

the root of that exact feeling might give you more

but you just know will be sturdy. Or you see light

teed to silence it. No matter how much effort and

insight into Makers than any of my career anec-

coming through a window and are excited by the

dedication you put towards your craft, there is still

dotes ever could.

shadows it creates across the floor. You gravitate

that tiny voice screaming, “Run while you can! They

towards becoming an artist, an architect or a

still haven’t figured it out!” As someone praises your

people (I don’t even like speaking for myself and

photographer because this is just how you see the

work, you’re scanning for exits, figuring out the

will deny all of this if asked) but when you meet

world. It is how your brain works—sometimes, the

quickest route to Mexico and trying to remember

one, there is a good chance that a deep, dark

only way. It is instinctual and fun. That is, until

where your fake beard is. Hopefully they don’t offer

secret lies in their heart. They are afraid that, one

you show your work to someone else.

you money for your work, because that just means

Now, I don’t claim to speak for all creative

of these days, you will discover that they have no idea what the hell they are doing.

You pick up a pencil and start goofing around. When you finish, you see it as a collection of suc-

guilt and possibly jail-time when they find out your secret. So remember the Imposter Complex next time

cesses and failures. Some parts look good and some

you are intimidated by another person’s talent.

and even has a name. It’s called the Imposter

parts look downright horrible. Now a grown-up

Chances are that some of their personality, whether

Complex, and although not officially considered

comes along and declares it to be “amazing!” or “so

it is pompous windbag, frail neurotic or tortured

a psychiatric condition, its presence continues to

good they can’t believe it” or “genius! Are you really

soul, is mostly rooted in the fact that they are just

inspire academic study. Basically, the trademark

sure you did that? Can I keep it?”

winging it and hoping you don’t find out.

Although (mostly) irrational, this fear is real


I have a theory based on zero scientific re-

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November 1, 8pm Bass Concert Hall


November 2, 8pm Bates Recital Hall


November 2-4 Auditorium Shores

November 13, 10am The Paramount Theatre


November 15, 7:30pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater CHUCO VALDES QUINTET

November 15, 8pm Bass Concert Hall



November 29, 8pm McCullough Theatre



November 5, 7:30pm Bass Concert Hall November 7, 8pm Bass Concert Hall SNOW PATROL AND NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

November 8, 6pm Austin Music Hall


November 8, 8pm Bass Concert Hall


November 8, 7pm Stubb’s


November 8, 9pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater EDDIE VEDDER

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November 16-December 7 B. Iden Payne Theatre FALL FOR DANCE

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November 1, 7-8:30PM Austin Film Society November 1-4 The Marchesa Hall & Theatre

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November 8, 6pm Republic Square Park


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November 10-18 The Long Center


November 14, 7pm The Paramount Theatre


November 14-17 Cap City Comedy Club NICK THUNE

November 28-December 1 Cap City Comedy Club BILL O’REILLY AND DENNIS MILLER

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November 14, 8pm Bass Concert Hall


November 15, 6-9pm Hill Country Galleria


November 15-18 Palmer Events Center


November 3-4 Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum


November 3-4 Fiesta Gardens


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Anne Siems: Solo Show Reception, 6-8pm Through November 24

Through November 4 Andy Coolquitt: Attainable Excellence Nick Cave: Hiding in Plain Sight Through December 30





East Austin Studio Tour Through November 18 NOVEMBER 11 BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART

Paul Villinski: Passage Through December 30


Kate Breakey: Las Sombras Book signing, 6-9pm Through January 12 NOVEMBER 16 VISUAL ARTS CENTER

Yet, By No Means Through December 8


Restoration and Revelation Through May 5 NOVEMBER 30 ARTWORKS GALLERY

Grand Opening, 6-9pm


Mahwish Chishty: Spinning II


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April Wood Collection Selections: De-Luxe Through December 2 William Hogarth: Proceed with Caution The Rules of Basketball Into the Sacred City Through January 13 DAVIS GALLERY

Randall Reid: Resurrecting the Past Through December 1 harry ransom center

I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America Through January 6 LOTUS GALLERY

Sarah Danays: Talismanic Through November 19 MEXIC-ARTE MUSEUM

Elements of Day of the Dead Through November 18 VISUAL ARTS CENTER

A Nation of Fear Through November 10 Emily Roysdon Cruz Ortiz: Hecho Farm Through December 8 WALLY WORKMAN GALLERY

Margie Crisp: River of Contrasts Through November 10

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Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market Saturday and Sunday, November 24 and 25 Palmer Events Center


This season, holiday shoppers can forget the generic gift card or fruitcake—on November 24 and 25, the Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market will set up shop at the Palmer Events Center, showcasing an array of unique artisan goods. With its signature do-it-yourself spirit and a touch of holiday cheer, Renegade invites guests to celebrate independent makers from across the country. “We hope everyone who comes to the fair leaves a little more inspired, a little more appreciative of the handmade movement and with a little more creative spark,” says Sarah Spies, Director of Media Relations for the event. From handmade jewelry to elegant notebooks, Austinites can explore beautiful goods by local and national artisans, including Son of a Sailor, Stitch and Saw and Fair Morning Blue. “There is no better way to spend a weekend,” Spies says. For more information and hours, visit R. Wright

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Part Two: Department of Art and Art History Faculty Exhibition Through December 8

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museums & galleries

Art Spaces

Austin Children’s Museum

201 Colorado St. (512) 472 2499 Hours: Tu 10–5, W 10–8, Th–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 AMOA-Arthouse The Jones Center

artist spotlight

Faustinus Deraet


hotographer Faustinus Deraet has hung his hat around the world, from Belgium to Mexico City and Austin. Over the course of his travels, Deraet often brings with him a surprising medium to chronicle his story: a plastic toy Holga camera. With its slightly unfocused and distorted images, the Holga lends a surreal, captivating quality to Deraet’s work. “I like it because it is kind of a surprise,” he says. That sense of surprise informs the images themselves, which are equal parts mysterious and fantastical. “Equus,” for example, is a black and white photograph, brightened by pockets of light. At the center is a horse, draped in a black cloth, taking a photo with a large format camera. Today, anyone can pick up a camera and call himself a photographer, Deraet observes. “Equus” is his delightfully tongue-in-cheek statement that with increasingly accessible technology, “everyone is a photographer—even a horse with big ears.” Deraet, however, rarely stages a Holga photograph: instead, his work is something of an introspective exercise, largely captured in his hometown of Antwerp, Belgium. “Every time I am in Belgium,” he says, “I try to find myself through the images I take.” Rather than deliberately choosing his subjects to photograph, Deraet experiences real, lived moments, immortalizing the most memorable in his photographs. “I am just wandering different parts of the world. I am not searching…my unconscious finds the images for me,” he says. Deraet’s exhibition,“Plastic Eye,” will be on display at The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center through November 24. For more information about Deraet and his work, visit r. wright


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700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 AMOA-Arthouse Laguna Gloria

3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–W 12-4, Th-Su 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 Blanton Museum of Art

French Legation Museum

802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 1–5 George Washington Carver Museum

1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 Harry Ransom Center

300 E. 21st St. (512) 471 8944 Hours: Tu–W 10–5, Th 10–7, F 10–5, Sa–Su 12–5 LBJ Library and Museum

2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5

Mexic–Arte Museum

200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5

419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6,  F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic–

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

O. Henry Museum

1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6 Elisabet Ney Museum

304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5

409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: W–F 10–4:30, Sa–Su 1–4:30

image courtesy of faustinus Deraet


arts & entertainment

Galleries Art on 5th

1501 W. 5th St. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 The Art Gallery at John-William Interiors

3010 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 451 5511 Hours: M–Sa 10–6, Su 12–5 Artworks Gallery

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5

Austin Art Garage

2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351-5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios

7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6

Austin Galleries


800 Brazos St. (512) 354 1035 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 Creative Research Laboratory

2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 Davis Gallery

837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 Flatbed Press

2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 Gallery Black Lagoon

4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: W–F 3–7 Gallery Shoal Creek

2905 San Gabriel St., #101 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–6, Sa 11–4

1219 W. 6th St. (512) 495 9363 Hours: M 10–3, Tu–Sa 10–5 or by appointment

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Jean–Marc Fray Gallery

1304 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only capital fine art

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 628 1214 Hours: M-Sa 10-5

608 W. Monroe Dr. (512) 826 5334 Hours: W–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5

1009 W. 6th St. (512) 457 0077 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 La Peña

227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007

Hours: M–F 9–5, Sa–Su 9–3 lapena– Lora Reynolds Gallery

360 Nueces St., Ste. C (512) 215 4965 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 Lotus Gallery

1009 W. 6th St., #101 (512) 474 1700 Hours: Mo–Sa 10-6 lytle pressley contemporary

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 469 6010 Hours: M-F 9-5

Maranda Pleasant Gallery

2235 E. 6th St. (713) 922 8584 By appointment only

Pro–Jex Gallery

1710 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. C (512) 472 7707 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–4 Red Space Gallery

1203 W. 49th St. By appointment only

Russell Collection Fine Art

1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell– sofa

301 E. 33rd St., #7 By appointment only Stephen L. Clark Gallery

1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 studio 10

Mass Gallery

1011 West Lynn (512) 236 1333 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5

The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery

Studio 107

916 Springdale Rd. Hours: W 7–9, Sa 12–5

6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: W–F 9–5 Okay Mountain Gallery

1619 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only (512) 293 5177 Positive Images

1118 W. 6th St. Hours: M–Sa 10–5, Su 11–4 (512) 472 1831

M u s e u m s & Ga l l e r i e s

411 Brazos St., #107 (512) 477 9092 Hours: Tu–Sa 1–6 Testsite

502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 Hours: Su 2–5 Wally Workman Gallery

1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5

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Greg Tenenbown learned to weld from Jack Sanders of Design Build Adventure, an art that he often puts to use with his furniture line, Nonagon Design.

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Greg Tenenbown makes furniture for his line, Nonagon Design, with concrete, steel, plywood and hardwood, finding new uses for conventional materials along the way. He works on the line from his home studio (pictured) and a sofa was the first piece he made (pictured right).


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I realized that I wanted to create simply and solidly constructed, minimal furniture designs at an accessible price. - Greg Tenenbown

Greg Tenenbown, Nonagon Design

As a student at UT, Gregory Tenenbown could often be found in the

works with concrete, steel, plywood and hardwood in creating the furniture

stacks of the Fine Arts Library turning the pages of back issues of Italian

and enjoys finding new uses for conventional building materials. For exam-

design magazines like Domus and Abitare. “It was life changing…” he says.

ple, he built a chair and stereo console from welded wire panel, something

After college, he moved to LA where he worked for Modernica Furniture Co.

usually used as a fencing material. It’s the improvisation that comes with

on the Noguchi coffee table reproductions. He grew up in Houston and a

working with your hands that Tenenbown finds most appealing. “You can

move back to Texas was calling his name. Upon returning to Austin, Tenen-

spend hours planning out how to build something for the first time, but you

bown spent time working at Mark Ashby Design and more recently with

almost always encounter something challenging that was unforeseen during

Jack Sanders’ Design Build Adventure. Sanders introduced him to the art

the process,” he says. He chose the company name Nonagon because of his

of welding and steel fabrication, as Tenenbown started thinking more about

love of the number nine. “I like unconventional shapes and the nonagon falls

the kind of furniture line he wanted to start. “I realized that I wanted to cre-

into that category,” he says. “You don’t see it everyday.” Tenenbown is selling his

ate simply and solidly constructed, minimal furniture designs at an acces-

pieces directly through his website, which keeps the costs down for clients. He

sible price. I started with the sofa because I was unable to find one on the

is currently working on a catalog and you can find Nonagon planters at New

market that fit this criteria,” he says (Tenenbown is pictured on the sofa). He

Living in Houston. Visit to view more of Tenebown’s work.

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jonathan duke,steel house MFG

Steel House MFG founder Jonathan Duke was first drawn to metal-

many of the architectural elements at the W Hotel, including a stunning,

work at the age of 16, when he and his father restored an old 1954 Chevy

18-foot blackened steel fireplace in the living room and massive, steel

pickup together. Since then, Duke has worked in manufacturing, real es-

doors that open onto the secret bar. “Being design-driven here, we

tate and home construction—but “my heart,” he notes, “was set on my

really get what architects want and need, but we’re also able to add an

own business.” Five years ago, just before the birth of his son, Duke be-

understanding of how things are built,” Duke observes. “We can offer

gan building steel planters and selling them at Uptown Modern under

something they didn’t know they could do.”

the name Austin Outdoor Studio. What began as a one-man shop out of

In fact, in Steel House’s 14,000 square foot space, equipped with

Duke’s garage soon expanded into a leading architectural steel fabrica-

a CNC plasma cutter made by Duke and his father, the possibilities

tion resource, staffed by a team of dedicated craftsmen. “For the first few

seem almost limitless. But whether he’s making a steel mailbox or a

years when I was making everything myself, I was obsessive about details

staircase suspended from the ceiling of a W penthouse, Duke ulti-

and made sure they were better than they had to be.” Duke says. “I think

mately strives to deliver a flawless finished product. “I hope someone

that’s why we’ve grown—we’re all about the details.”

can walk up to any part of our project and think, ‘I can’t believe they

This attention to craftsmanship is evident in Steel House’s work across the city, from the steel exterior of Brew Exchange on Sixth Street to

thought about that too,’” he says. Visit to view more of Duke’s work.

Being design-driven here, we really get what architects want and need, but we’re also able to add an understanding of how things are built. - Jonathan Duke


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When it came time to choose a name for his business, Jonathan Duke (pictured) turned to the material that inspires him. “We do everything around steel, whether it’s the design or the fabrication,” he says. “Steel House just felt right.”

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A l a n St u l b e r g & St e f a n H e r t e l , Revival Cycles

Four years ago, Alan Stulberg rode his Austrian desert racing motorcycle from Austin to New York City, where he caught a plane to London and then biked across Europe. “I had no planned route,” he says. “I wanted to be truly open to what was interesting and offered up to me for the first time in my life.” Over the course of his six months on the open road, Stulberg began to realize that returning to life in the corporate world was an impossibility: “I needed to forge my own way,” he says. When he finally returned stateside, Stulberg brought with him a renewed passion for motorcycle craftsmanship, which he hoped to share with others. After focusing on his personal workshop for several years, Stulberg eventually partnered with Stefan Hertel, a mechanical engineer from Minneapolis, and launched Revival Cycles in East Austin. With its broad range of services, from maintenance to entire custom builds, Revival Cycles has since become a destination for motorcyclists around the country seeking both flawless design and performance. Part fabrication studio, repair shop, retail space and lounge, Revival Cycles is an experience from the moment you step in the door. “We’re not just a repair shop to get your transportation fixed,” Stulberg says. In fact, Revival Cycles is a place you’ll want to stay a while, wandering the shop with a cup of coffee from the lounge in hand. In addition to a collection of rare engine cutaways, Revival Cycles boasts a thoughtfully edited selection of motorcycle parts and gear, including vintage helmets made by Paris-based Ruby. “We only offer brands and products that we personally use and believe in,” Stulberg notes. In the adjoining CNC machine shop and fabrication space, Revival Cycle’s team of engineers, machinists and mechanics undertakes projects of all sizes and complexity, from basic repairs to fully hand-built parts. “Our favorite jobs are the complete custom motorcycle projects,” Stulberg admits, “and we specialize in nothing but quality work and experience.” With each custom motorcycle—whether an alluring, pre-war British bike in need of a modern update or a mass-manufactured machine longing for a handmade touch—Stulberg strives for a balance between function and form. “A motorcycle can only be great if it looks amazing in its purposeful simplicity and can simultaneously operate in the real world,” he says, recalling a 1938 Panther and a 1958 Vincent Rapide he modernized while remaining faithful to the original design. Above all, Stulberg enjoys the challenge of building a bike as expressive and unique as its owner, a bike that will allow the rider to make the most of the motorcycle experience. “It’s the closest we come to flying without ever leaving the ground,” he says. Visit to view more of Stulberg and Hertel’s work.


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At Revival Cycles, founders Stefan Hertel (left) and Alan Stulberg (right) share their passion for craftsmanship. “We bring bikes back to a time when parts were made by hand and a craftsman left his mark on every one-of-a-kind creation,” Stulberg says.


I wanted to be truly open to what was interesting and offered up to me for the first time in my life. - Alan Stulberg


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An architect by education, Igor Siddiqui has shifted his focus to product design, temporary installations, interior environments and entire buildings. Although a professor at UT (pictured in his studio at the university), he is working on projects across the world.


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I g o r S i d d i q u i , ISSSSt u d i o

I know that it may sound

“Perhaps the most challenging project in one’s career could be to redesign what it means to be an architect,” Igor Siddiqui says. And that is just what he is doing. Working on a site specific installation for a prominent art fair in New York City that opens in January, a competition entry for a sustainable open market in Casablanca and a renovation of an early digitally fabricated house are just a few examples of current projects. From his home base

like a cliché, but living here

in Austin, he is designing products, temporary installations, interior envi-

does give me the kind of

“Throughout my work, the issue of how we make something—both in terms

space that I feel like I need

ronments and entire buildings across the world (from Australia to Tokyo). of how it is conceived through the design process as well as how it is eventually fabricated, manufactured or built—is very important,” he says. “Digital

to think and make.

technology, especially in the realm of fabrication, has played an important

- Igor Siddiqui

tradition of thinking about technologies as extensions of our bodies, and for

part in that thinking as it offers new possibilities for innovation. There is a a maker in the twenty-first century, someone who really makes things with their hands, engaging with digital technology is necessary and exciting.” An architect by academic education (a Tulane and Yale graduate), professional training and licensure, Siddiqui came to Austin four years ago to teach at UT, a job that he says felt like an invitation for adventure. His only Texas experience was Marfa during an art pilgrimage in 1997, and he was ready to come back. “It has been a thrilling experience ever since I moved here, both contributing to the life of the University and living in this wonderful city. I love the big Texas sky, and the sense of space and openness beneath it. I know that it may sound like a cliché, but living here does give me the kind of space that I feel like I need to think and make,” he says. “I love that there is little self-consciousness here. When you dream up an idea, you don’t worry what anyone would think; instead you just go ahead and make it and as such evaluate things by doing them.” It’s difficult for Siddiqui to pick just one project as a favorite, as he sees his entire body of work as a single project. When we asked him what he enjoys most about working with his hands, he couldn’t have summed this entire story any better—“Learning by doing: it’s what makers live by!” Visit to view Siddiqui’s work.

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I had time to reflect and

M a u r a Am b r o s e , F o l k F i b e r s

As a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Maura Ambrose took a quilt-

began connecting the

ing class, “The Art of the Quilt,” in the Fibers Department, and she was hooked. Her

dots of who I was, who I

love of vintage fabrics began during childhood, when she would root through her grandmother’s collection in the attic. After working as a preschool teacher and on

am and who I want to be.

an organic farm, she kept thinking of her true love for quilting and starting her busi-

- Maura Ambrose

ness. Ambrose spent the summer travelling across the country on back roads in a VW

camper van. “I had time to reflect and began connecting the dots of who I was, who I am and who I want to be,” Ambrose says. She launched her line, Folk Fibers, within a few weeks of returning from the trip. She hopes that it will be a line that is “centered on community and reviving, sharing and teaching of heritage crafts.” Ambrose releases Folk Fibers pillows at the Feliz Makers Show (November 2-4) and looks forward to putting down roots in Central Texas. She says: “I am hoping for a special rural homestead on the outskirts of Austin, a private place where I can hold community retreats and workshops.” Visit to view more of Ambrose’s work.


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For her line of quilts, Folk Fibers, Maura Ambrose organically grows, harvests and forages for natural dyes around Austin.


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Textile artist Briana Babani (pictured) finds inspiration in the world around her, from a picture of an African beaded necklace to the material itself.

I love the rhythms, the textures, the little details that are magnified when you take a unit or gesture and repeat it many times. - Briana Babani

briana babani

Though textile artist Briana Babani studied painting at Yale and interior architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, she finds the realm

the little details that are magnified when you take a unit or gesture and repeat it many times.”

of tactile, three-dimensional art irresistible. “I’ve always been drawn to

For example, one of her recent works-in-progress is a fluid sheet, com-

making things with my hands,” she says. Since her first line of sumptuous,

posed of thousands of magazine pages rolled into cylinders and threaded

hand-dyed silks, Babani has taken a turn toward the sculptural, using

with yarn. Interestingly, what excites her most about the piece is that she

paper, fabric, yarn and wood to create visually dynamic works of art.

isn’t sure what will emerge as it continues to grow. Rather than begin-

Many of Babani’s pieces originate from a small sample or a fragment

ning with a rigid end goal, Babani instead allows her work to unfold or-

of an idea that evolves over time. “Inspiration for me comes from all kinds

ganically: “I like to respond to what’s happening with the material as I’m

of places,” she says. “I’m constantly jotting down notes and experimenting

working, rather than prematurely force the piece in a specific direction,”

with materials and techniques. Sometimes I run with an idea right away.

she says. The result is a compelling body of work, whose repetition, color

Sometimes, a sample will sit around for years, and when I come back to

and innovative use of material invite the viewer into Babani’s world. “I

it, I see new potential.” Whether they become checkered pillows or tap-

love it when people respond to what I’m doing,” she says. “If you want to

estries woven with yarn and paper, her pieces present a striking study in

stand there and look at it, if you feel so drawn to it that you have to touch

the role of repetition in art. “There’s something I find wonderfully seduc-

it, that’s a wonderful reaction to have.” Visit to view

tive about repetition,” Babani admits. “I love the rhythms, the textures,

more of Babani’s work.

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sam sanford

Nine years ago, Sam Sanford was touring the country as a guitarist for the Austin-based band, Sound Team. Somewhere along the way, the band came across Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat, a biopic about artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whose vivid work instantly captivated Sanford. “Sound Team was my friend’s dream, and I wanted to find my own,” he says. “When we watched Basquiat, I felt like I had found it.” That day, Sanford sat down with a newspaper photograph of Doug Jolley—then a tight end for the Oakland Raiders—and began to paint, intrigued by the expressive shapes of a body in motion. “After that first painting,” he says, “it was pretty clear that I wanted to keep doing it.” Since then, Sanford’s work has witnessed a perpetual, creative revolution. At the beginning of his career, for example, Sanford painted largely abstract pieces, inspired by fractal geometry and the work of Gerhard Richter. Soon, however, as he sought to create photographic illusions of space and depth, Sanford abandoned abstract art and began experimenting with oil glazing, the layering of transparent hues over an opaque underpainting. Though oil glazing is an old technique, Sanford has reimagined it for the digital age. In fact, the rich, vibrant colors of his recent art stem from his methodical translation of a computer’s three-color system into the paints he uses today. Among his latest work is a striking photograph of a man’s clothed torso, copied to DVD and displayed on a cathode ray tube television set. Sanford has sanded down the screen and applied oil glaze layers directly over the photograph, lending the painting a quality at once beautiful and hypnotic.

it was pretty clear that I

Untitled, the piece speaks to Sanford’s faith in the power of images to res-

wanted to keep doing it.

onate with viewer. “One thing I love about paintings,” Sanford says, “is that they can provide an experience, a means of communication without a single word.” Visit to view more of Sanford’s work.


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- Sam Sanford

In his apartment-turned-studio, Sam Sanford (pictured) continues to challenge the limitations of painting, whether his work draws from textile design or digital color channels. “I want my work to plant a seed of healing, of spiritual awakening,� he says.


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Sean Ripple (pictured) finds the extraordinary in the quotidian, like a discarded French fry lying next to an empty ketchup packet, which he recreated for a recent installation (pictured right). “It just cracked me up,” he says. “It felt authored.”


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sean ripple

Artist Sean Ripple traces the evolution of his work back to the mid-90s, when he picked up a record entitled Music for Egon Schiele. Striking, expres-

I want to drive people to look past what they know and try to

sionist figures twisted across the cover and along album inserts, an homage to the eponymous Austrian draftsman and painter. “That’s when I started feeling out my voice,” Ripple recalls. Though he has since worked with a variety of media, including traditional painting, installation art and even spam email, each of his pieces evoke a desire to enter into conversation with the viewer. “I want to drive people to look past what they know and try to get to something a little deeper,” Ripple remarks. At the beginning of his career, Ripple lived on South Congress, where

get to something a

he would often leave vibrant, untitled portraits on the street. A note would

little deeper.

accompany each painting, suggesting the viewer contact him and share a title

- Sean Ripple

for the piece. “In this way, I was able to connect with people over creation,” Ripple says. “My payment was that they would be willing to have a conversation with me.” Though he hasn’t worked in traditional painting for several years, his early work sparked an enduring philosophy of art as dialogue, open to anyone who dares to engage with it. Ripple’s recent work, for example, called Trompe l’oeil, is a series of photographs that chronicle spontaneous, artistic experiences, like an open bag of gummy worms scattered along the pavement, half radiant in the sunlight. “I see something on the street that seems so perfect and poetic,” Ripple says, “and I share it as though it has been created for someone to experience.” Trompe l’oeil ultimately reflects Ripple’s understanding of art as a means of reshaping the way we see the world. Identifying with the simple, communal sensibilities of folk art, Ripple seeks to introduce his viewers to the depth of seemingly ordinary experiences. Visit to view more of Ripple’s work.

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I think daydreams are the best places to get ideas. - Mikaylah Bowman

” mikaylah bowman

At the age of 14, photographer Mikaylah Bowman picked up her first camera—an old, 35 mm Nikkormat that once belonged to her grand-


continues into her recent work, including a stark self-portrait against a backdrop of barbed wire, tar dripping along her arms and torso.

mother. It’s the same camera she uses today, as she plunges her viewers

“I think daydreams are the best places to get ideas,” Bowman ob-

into the surreal and haunting world of her work. Inspired by imagistic

serves. Nevertheless, every photograph is the result of careful artistry, as

film and literature, Bowman seeks to create still images with an illusion

she strives to reproduce scenes from her imagination onto film. Whether

of movement, of a narrative that exists beyond the borders of the photo-

she drapes herself in rope or curls into a bathtub filled with twelve gallons

graph. “I like working and seeing in fragments,” she says. “Because you’re

of milk and feathers, Bowman is meticulous in staging each component

not given the whole idea, you have to experience the piece.”

of an image. “Taking the photograph is the easy part,” she says. However,

When she first began experimenting with photography, Bowman

despite the deliberate nature of her work, Bowman stresses the insatia-

staged her close friends in natural settings like Hamilton Pool and Barton

ble desire to create that drives her photography. “I’m really working in

Springs. “I was so in love with those places and how strange they looked,”

compulsion. I have extreme obsessions with certain images or feelings,”

she recalls. With the Nikkormat’s rich colors and slightly unfocused aes-

she notes. “If someone is getting a tenth of what I was feeling originally,

thetic, Bowman’s early work presents familiar places in an unexpected,

I’ve accomplished my goal.” Visit to view more of

often fantastical light. That dreamlike quality of her first photographs

Bowman’s work.

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Photographer Mikaylah Bowman (pictured) recalls one photograph she took just after watching the film, Times Square. Strewn with glittering red banners, the image “just fell into place,� she says.

Austin native Noah Marion, who has a line of handcrafted leather goods, rarely goes anywhere without his trusty sidekick, his German wire haired pointer, Deich.


Noah Marion, Noah Marion Quality Goods Growing up in Austin as the son of two acupuncturists in what Noah Marion calls a tiny one-bedroom home in Barton Hills, shared with his parents and three brothers, made for a childhood that seemed destined for some sort of creative career. “We are a family of free thinkers and feelers. I was blessed to have such a supportive upbringing and beginning,” he says. Marion launched his line of leather bags and accessories after graduating from Tulane University in 2006, using all recycled and repurposed materials. He inherited a Pfaff 130 sewing machine from his father, and it was sitting at the machine that he started thinking about his business. “I realized how much I loved creating products that are meant to last—purposeful in their design and genuine in their aesthetic,” he says. Through his background as a large-scale ceramic sculptor and potter, Marion developed an appreciation for details that he translated in to his new venture—product design and leathersmithing. It’s the possibilities of all you can do with leather that is most exciting to him. He’s made not only bags, belts and wallets, but also a custom harness for a wild animal, a motorcycle seat, earrings and a sling system for under-the-table storage. “Leather has a familiarity that allows people to be

immediately comfortable,” he says. You can often find Marion with his Ger-

appreciate what it takes to make

surly or unwilling to lend a hand. They say it takes a village to raise a child;

The type of people that live in Austin understand and

a product from scratch.

- Noah Marion

man wirehaired pointer, Deich, sketching at Jo’s Coffee on South Congress, taking in the city he loves dearly. “I have lived here my whole life. It’s where I am meant to be and where my heart resides,” he says. “The type of people that live in Austin understand and appreciate what it takes to make a product from scratch. I have yet to meet someone in the ‘maker game’ who has been

Austin is that village. It is full of energy and life.” Marion is hoping to launch a home goods line in 2013, as well as more of his current products, all with the same mission in mind—“to leave the world as a more beautiful place.” Visit to view more of Marion’s work.

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C a m b r i a H a r k e y, Cambria Handmade Serious style meets function in Cambria Harkey’s line of leather bags. Inspired by her youth spent riding horses on her family ranch in New Mexico, where she was never without her trusty saddle bag, Harkey made her first leather bag in college (a piece she still carries today). Her quest for the perfect bag continued as she went into a career as a music photographer, shooting festivals across the country. “I got tired with all the traveling and never being satisfied with my bag,” she says. Thoughts of starting a line of bags had been in the back of her mind since creating that first piece in college, and it was on a serendipitous trip to By George on South Congress that she knew it was time to make a serious launch. She and her girlfriends were wearing their Cambria Handmade bags to an event at the store, and they caught the eye of the store manager who loved the bags and wanted to start carrying them. “I didn’t have a line at the time, only a few staple designs, so I went with my gut and just created things I or my friends would use.” Now, Harkey and a sewing assistant are making a few pieces made from her favorite materials, deerskin and bison, a month for the store. “We have been lucky to work with such great people at By George. We can test out pieces and see how they sell,” she says. Next up is a line of men’s bags and accessories and getting into new stores in different cities. “I have been in Austin for over a decade and have made some incredible friends. I consider Austin a small town, and I’ve had the most amazing support…I’m so grateful,” she says. “People in Austin just seem to get it. I can’t imagine living anywhere else in the country.” Visit to view more of Harkey’s work.


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In addition to her new line of leather handbags, Cambria Handmade, the multi-talented Cambria Harkey is also a successful music photographer.

I didn’t have a line at the time, only a few staple designs, so I went with my gut and just created things I or my friends would use. - Cambria Harkey


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After apprenticing under bootmaker Lee Miller, Julia Ward has become a skilled leatherworker in her own right, handcrafting beautiful boots, handbags and more.

Julia Ward, Julia Ward Boots

Julia Ward started out just sweeping the floors for famed boot maker Lee Miller at Texas Traditions in 2004. “I begged for time on the sewing machine,” she says. Within a few months, she was getting paid “a whopping seven hours a week,” and within a year, she was working as a full-time boot maker. “Lee is the best bootmaker in the world. Seeing the quality of the work we were able to create from his tiny shop was so inspiring, empowering and exciting!” After working full time as a boot maker for seven years, Ward launched her line last year. Currently, she makes commissioned custom handmade boots and leather goods. “People come to me with an idea of what they want—a motorcycle boot, a cowboy hat, sandals or a handbag—and I make it,” she says. “Every project is essentially its own prototype, which is a little insane, but I love solving problems and developing creative solutions.” Ward was a strict vegetarian for 12 years and didn’t even touch leather or animal products until she moved to Texas. “It is a really interesting material. It is flexible, strong and texturally interesting,” Ward says. “Unlike working with fabric, you can’t rip out your stitches. You have to be fully committed to your design and confident in your construction.” Ward also runs a design business with her husband, Christian, called 2wards Design Group, where they make and design succulent and cactus planters and furniture. She hopes to eventually create a small line of boots that are ready to wear as well as a personal and home

I love making things by hand and

accessories line. “I love making things by hand and intend to continue to

intend to continue to do so

do so until my hands won’t let me, but I would love to be able to offer my

until my hands won’t let me.

work to a broader audience,” she says. “Well-fitting, simple and beautiful shoes and boots should be available to everyone.” Visit and to view more of Ward’s work.

- Julia Ward

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C h e l s e a St a i r e s , C o t e r i e M a r k e t

ix centuries ago, the word “artisan” de-

The concept of Coterie Market, however, had its ori-

scribed the skilled working class of Renais-

gins in Staires’ experience at an Austin-based tech startup:

sance Italy. Today, Austin’s local movement

keenly aware of the impact technology could have on lo-

has reclaimed the title for the modern mak-

cal businesses, Staires sought to create an online platform

er, for the men and women who shape the

that would make artisanal and local goods easily accessible

city’s creative community. Inspired by this

to Austinites. “We don’t always have a lot of time to spend

strong, artisanal drive, Louisiana transplant

driving around town, trying to find the right thing,” she

Chelsea Staires launched Coterie Market, an

says. “I wanted to make it easier for local artisans to com-

online delivery resource for locally-made goods.


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pete on the level of outlets like Amazon or eBay.”

“There are world-class, award-winning artisans here

To that effect, Austinites will be able to shop Coterie

in Austin,” Staires observes. “I want them to be easi-

Market for grocery items, including eggs from Coyote

er to be find and support.” Part general store, grocery store

Creek Farm, as well as specialty goods, such as chocolates

and specialty goods shop, Coterie Market ultimately aims

by The Chocolate Makers Studio and vegetarian burgers

to reconnect Austinites with the city’s artisans.

by The Hot Dang—all available for delivery within 48

Though Staires will be stocking an eclectic array of

hours. While many of Coterie Market’s vendors, like Barrie

products, from all-organic cotton shirts by Criquet to

Cullinan of Amity Bakery or Jessie Griffiths of Dai Due are

leatherwork by Noah Marion and Natalie Davis, she has

already well-established in the artisan community, Staires

a special fondness for food, which she traces to her home-

also seeks out emerging makers who are just beginning

town of Lafayette, Louisiana. “Love for our local meats and

to pursue their craft as a career. “I hope that artisans will

vegetables is just a way of life,” she observes. That passion

see there is an outlet like Coterie Market to help them get

for local cuisine followed Staires to Austin, where she be-

off the ground,” Staires remarks. “I hope it will encourage

came a frequent patron of farmers’ markets and leader of

them to take that leap.” Coterie Market will open its virtual

Slow Food Austin’s “Slow Sessions” programming, in addi-

doors by the end of November. To participate in the market’s

tion to her work in the film industry. “I wanted to have the

beta testing period at the beginning of the month, subscribe to

cultivation of food culture as a part of my life,” she says.

the newsletter at

When she moved to Austin, Coterie Market founder Chelsea Staires (pictured) fell in love with the city’s local movement. “Austin is a gathering place for folks who are of the same mind and want to support local, sustainable products,” she says. “I don’t think I could do this anywhere else.”


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One of the makers featured at Coterie Market, Stephanie McClenny (pictured) takes pride in Austin’s creative scene. “We are a community that is fiercely loyal,” she observes, “and we have a strong history of supporting artists of all types.”

St e p h a n i e M c C l e n n y , Confituras

I really enjoy the creative process and the challenge of creating an ever-changing seasonal menu.

- Stephanie McClenny

Austin’s food culture and community is central to Confituras’ philosophy: when founder and jam maker Stephanie McClenny isn’t sourcing pears, apples, strawberries and peaches from Central Texas growers, you might find her foraging for her own wild fruits, from prickly pear to mayhaw. “I really enjoy the creative process and the challenge of creating an ever-changing seasonal menu,” she says. Today, McClenny produces an array of sweet and savory jams, from apple butter to harvest tomato, which pay homage to the confitures of classic French cuisine with a unique twist. “We make new world confitures,” McClenny observes. Her pear jam, for example, takes its complex flavor from subtle white balsamic vinegar and fresh sage, while vibrant, organic citrus rounds out her strawberry tangerine marmalade. At the heart of each jam, however, is the locally-sourced, distinctly Texas produce you won’t find anywhere else. “I get downright proud and giddy about our local fruit,” McClenny says. “Folks tend to get excited when I tell them that the peaches in the jar of jam they’re purchasing from me are from just down the road apiece.” Visit for more information about McClenny’s jams.

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It’s so wonderful to know where everything I cook and eat comes from. I know who grew it, and I know who raised it.

- Jackie Letelier

Jackie Letelier, The Letelier Food Company

Jackie Letelier of Pâté Letelier has been perfecting her pâté recipe for fifteen years, since she first learned the craft from her aunt in Brazil. After moving between Chile and Texas, Letelier settled in Austin three years ago and began experimenting with local, Texas flavors. In addition to the decadent vegetarian pâtés available at Coterie Market, Letelier’s signature creation is an indulgent chicken liver pâté, drizzled with Round Rock Honey and brightened with aromatic Hill Country Lavender. “For all my pâtés, I follow traditional recipes but change them up a bit,” she says of her approach. As a regular fixture in the farmers’ market scene, Letelier shapes her recipes around the seasonal products local farmers and vendors have to offer. When figs are in season, for example, she might pair the fruit with meat from Thunder Heart Bison, while she makes a creamy vegetarian pâté with mushrooms from Kitchen Pride Mushroom Farms. “It’s so wonderful to know where everything I cook and eat comes from,” she says. “I think that’s what makes my job so gratifying.” Visit for more information about Letelier’s pâtés.


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From creamy goat cheese to a country-style chicken, Jackie Letelier (pictured) brings the art of pâté to Austin. “I hope people who were afraid of liver before realize that it can actually be delicious!” she laughs.

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F i v e c r e a t i v e s w h o w o r k w i t h t h e i r h a n d s i n d i ff e r e n t m e d i u m s s h ow u s h ow to jac k e t u p f o r t h e t r e n d o f s e a so n . Styling & Text by Lauren Smith Ford | Photography by Michael Thad Carter

Just the other day, Christian Klein got

a call from a new client. The first thing he said was “I heard you make crazy shit, is that right?” It was just the sentiment he liked to hear. Klein says: “That pretty much sums up what we are all about.” Klein and his team at Drophouse fabricate everything from furniture and lighting to architectural details and built space. “We often get called in when people get an idea that’s out of the ordinary,” Klein explains. “We work in all manner of materials and media and specialize in making things that integrate multiple materials and construction methods.” He just finished up a few pieces for Nannie Inez, a new home furnishings store on South First, and the fabrications of an intricate, sculptural origami piece constructed in acrylic and aluminum for Clarissa Hulsey of Ecru Moderne. “Working with your hands lets you occupy the middle space between ideas and things. Making is actually a process of translation of turning concepts into physical form,” he says. “It is not a linear progression, but a nebulous process of creation. We include clients in the process, so they can better understand what goes into the piece, making it as much of a collaboration as possible. My favorite question is—can this be built?” Visit to view Klein’s work.

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For David Clark, his custom wood and metal work

and furniture design is more about making something from nothing than just working with his hands, as he loves “making something that came from an idea into a physical form.” Clark just wrapped up designing and building a photography studio in Travis Heights, prototypes of a collection of furniture for Small Pond of NYC and an office remodel for the Sid Lee ad agency. Look for some Kartwheel originals to be on display during E.A.S.T. “I am all about creating a feeling by designing and building spaces,” he says. “The details in a design are my Shirt by Levi’s $189, By

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“I make songs. I make melodies, and

with my friends, I make harmonies,” Nano Whitman says. The Harvard grad also knows how to make pizza as the general manager and longest employee of Home Slice Pizza. Whitman is currently focused on his next album, which he is hoping to fund through a Kickstarter campaign. As for his life as music maker? “There is something about working with your hands that frees the mind. The hands start to work on their own, and it gives you less to think about,” he says. “This makes room for more creative and less ‘useful’ thought. This is where melodies and lyrics come from.” Visit nanowhitman. com to listen to Whitman’s work.

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The co-director of Okay Mountain, Sterling

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important project.” For Allen, working with his hands has always been where he is most productive and comfortable. “Doing a task I may have done dozens of times is usually the time when I think the best,” he says. Allen and his fellow talented Okay Mountainers just finished installing a piece at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA that will be up for two years. “It’s a facsimile of a four-wheeler run amok on the museum’s lawn and crashing. The muddy tire tracks are made from cast concrete, and we bolted a four-wheeler upside down into the grounds—it was both logistically and physically challenging.” Next up for Allen and Okay Mountain is a solo exhibition opening in February 2013 at the Mark Moore Gallery in LA. Visit and to view Allen’s work.

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After spending a few years working in the

Austin tech scene, Erik Culver was ready to get out from a behind a desk and step into the workshop, so he started his company, Old Boy Co., where he primarily makes furniture from steel and wood. “I’ve always loved to build and create, and the best way I know how is with my hands. I love the tactile nature of working with raw materials and the satisfaction that comes through the transformation from start to finish,” Culver says. “Working with my hands just feels natural.” Culver just finished building four large standing worktables made of slabs of reclaimed longleaf pine and white powder coated steel for the design collective Public School. Currently, he is focused on building custom pieces for the Rosewood Community Market while also working with a lathe and other tools to create some lighting fixtures. “As a designer, the most rewarding part is listening to my clients’ needs and translating them into work that fits their aesthetic,” Culver says. “The goal is to build furniture that people can pass down to their grandkids someday.” Visit to view Culver’s work.

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By Jacqueline Rangel Ph otogr ap h y by M i ch ae l A . M ulle r

Within the past few months, Austin has seen a proliferation of notable publications emerge from its creative community. Two of these, SYNONYM Journal and Pastelegram, aim to reimagine the intersection of arts, culture and the print medium while offering readers ancillary content and commentary via their websites. A third, Transgressor, sets out to explore new digital territory, guided by a boundary-pushing outlook on traditional societal norms.

synonym journal


melia Giller and Leigh Patterson met the first day of their Plan II Honors World Literature class as freshmen at UT. Bound by a mutual appreciation for the written word, the two formed a fast friendship, becoming roommates and creative co-conspirators on the campus liter-

ary journal. When Patterson moved to New York to launch her career in publishing after graduating in 2010, she and Giller slowly hatched their creative plans via gchats and cross-country visits between Austin and Brooklyn. The initial idea for SYNONYM Journal, their joint literary magazine and resulting labor of love, Amelia Giller (left) and Leigh Patterson (right) met the first day of their Plan II Honors World Lit class at UT. They are pictured with a stack of their first issue of synonym, a journal and literary magazine they are co-editing.

emerged from a shared need for a creative outlet. Entering the workforce was not without its challenges, but rather than ignore their mild dissatisfaction, Giller, an animator and designer, and Patterson, a (now) web designer and creative consultant, chose to take inspiration from those dayjob “lulls.” It wasn’t until Patterson moved back to Austin earlier this year that the framework for SYNONYM became more apparent. The theme of their first issue? Ennui.

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Mixed media collage by Emily Hadden. R: “Privilege” by Mia Avramescu; “How Summer” by Colleen Barry. Spread appears in synonym, issue one.

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Perhaps I’ve spent my entire life in a print ad for some Toyota sedan, or those socks with the pink toes and heels, or every word I’ve ever said has been lifted from the script of a proposed but rejected radio spot for Laughing Cow Original Creamy Swiss, or I was born with a fraternal twin, whom my parents have kept locked in the attic all these years to make my shoes, or every Sunday, while I’m at the grocery store, my friends get together with all the world’s fascist dictators and reality TV producers to talk about me and plan the weather. When I was four years old we sold my house to the producers of a Canadian Film Festival movie and they put me in one scene as an extra and all I remember is tossing a ball back and forth with the actress girl while everyone spoke French—I must have understood it better back then—and for the rest of my childhood it was unclear to me whether or not I was famous, which of course I now understand that I am.

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the dogs sleeping in the long-hair grass gray dust on their noses curled into each other the big willow slow letting itself down to the ground saying go ahead go to the ground in my childhood bedroom i wake i want a cigarette i am looking at the sky through the missing part of the ceiling the clouds growing wild fast impatient but my mother starts yelling about the fires so i put my sleep under my tongue i go to the field you are in runaway texas you say a ghost town the dogs are awake trailing you in a perfect line then disappearing beneath the grass the way dust comes off a tire then floats away then floats back the red dog has my mother’s gold chain in it’s mouth it is taking it away you say i shrug would you like to get out or get in but i don’t answer i know how the field is dry i know about how even speaking aloud can be a kind of burning you keep moving away all the long hair grass bowing to you you continue what i mean is do you make the town you are in a place you could count on like a haven or respite or do you always want to be quick leaving and on you go i can still hear you whistling a hymn in my mother’s bedroom cross legged on her floor she’s arranging dahlias in a milk jug asking me about her gold chain and the hole in my ceiling the rain is getting in she says but i am running back down to the field the dust wet the heavy smell the heat my hair stuck to my face heaving and shouting your name how some women shout amen in the country churches but when i got to the spot i hushed the clouds went away and the sky got still and dark and so huge the bull nettle and spanish daggers under the moon it came up so that nothing wouldn’t be a miracle of light anymore still even in the dark and my breath i can see it as i start to lay down in the deform of the field where the dogs slept it makes me think about time how our youth gets so big how we can’t outgrow it how the summer gets inside of you so quiet and crouches there until you need it how you were sweating how sweat can be so honest my mother calling my name how the blades of grass kept slowly growing back up so soon it would be just a field again and no longer a bed i rolled on top of thinking just in case they come back

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“It’s just a fancy type of boredom, more complex. I’ve always been the

writing, photographs, interviews—each artistic contribution responds to

type of person who wants to have a lot of personal projects going. I was just

a pre-determined theme. To Giller and Patterson, this inaugural issue has

in a period where nothing was interesting and I had no ideas and was just

been much more than a tangible artifact of a passing feeling. It has proven to

in this dry spell. We both keep up with design, style, art—especially online

be a valuable exercise in self-discovery and creative progression.

and in blogs. But it got to a point where everything was starting to look the

Greeting the requisite late nights and early mornings with a refreshing

same, and it wasn’t fun in the way that it used to be. We were both ready for

sense of excitement, they found the process to be surprisingly natural and

something new but weren’t sure what. So I think all of that encapsulates

all but tedious. As the two young women wisely express in the issue’s Edi-

the idea of ennui, the feeling of it,” notes Patterson. The title, SYNONYM,

tor’s Letter: “Boredom is the time before something else; this is our means of

alludes both to their admittedly very similar design aesthetic and to the

trying to pay attention in the interim.” Readers can look forward to the next

underlying fact that the magazine itself is a series of synonyms. Creative

issue to be released Spring 2013.

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From “Tactile Imbalance” by Leigh Patterson. Photo by Megan 3 2 Carney.

From “Inside Out: An Examination in Contrast” by Ashley Helvey. Photo by Ciera Ramos. Both spreads appear in synonym, issue 3 3

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Barry Stone, Cover for Pastelegram no. 1 “The Sun Had Not Risen Yet / Now the Sun Had Sunk�, 2011; image courtesy the artist and Pastelegram.

Ariel Evans, a PhD student in Art History at UT is the editor of Pastelegram, which showcases the work of a single artist with each issue.

Translating the methodology of maintaining a narrow, academic focus, she structured Pastelegram so that each issue primarily showcases the work of a single artist. The featured artist also plays a role in the publication’s overarching thematic message, functioning as a guest editor of additional outside material as well. Evans hopes that Pastelegram inspires a departure from the more traditional norms of scholarly art criticism by giving readers the opportunity to develop an individual understanding of the work rather than surrender to a spoon-fed analysis. “It’s a novel way to approach an artwork. Instead of laying the interpretation on really quickly and frontloading the work with extensive text about what it means, I want to let the audience spend some time with the artwork and then time with the materials that an art critic or historian

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would look at before trying to develop an interpretation.” But she hasn’t embarked on the editorial journey alone. The publication is sponsored


astelegram is another locally-founded (and

by Austin-based arts organization and nonprofit Big Medium, and she

funded) print publication that developed in

actually first worked with a few of Pastelegram’s staffers when they were

reaction to a seeming excess of content, al-

editorial team members together at the now-shuttered Houston-based

beit in a different way. The seed was planted

Art Lies. Naturally, surrounding herself with talented friends is a tactic

when Ariel Evans, an Art History PhD stu-

she relied on when selecting the artists for the first two issues of the mag-

dent at UT and Pastelegram’s Editor, was struck by the way one of her

azine as well.

courses was dedicated solely to analyzing the 1940s-era art magazine,

“Your friends will forgive you when you’re trying to figure things out.

View. “The whole class was about that one magazine and going into the

[Barry Stone and Ricky Yanas] both did an amazing job. I just happen

archive and researching, seeing how much you could get out of all that

to be friends with artists who are really great and talented, interesting

ephemera—really closely examining the texts and how they were pre-

and thoughtful.” The third issue (Winter 2013) will depart from the local

sented and published. [The idea for Pastelegram] came together at that

realm, inviting Swedish artist Johan Zetterquist to explore the concept

moment,” she says.

of utopianism.

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Art from the first issue of Transgressor—photography by Amy Touchette and cover designed by Ryan Rhodes.




ew bi-annual digital publication Transgressor

Internet.” Together they enlisted the help of friends and local creatives,

is “a celebration of outsider philosophies and

like designer Ryan Rhodes, to design, build and arrange the unique col-

cultural trespassers.” In other words, it is a

lection of image-driven narratives.

gathering place for creative looks at the less-

For Welch, a communications consultant and writer by trade, de-

er-seen fringes of society, and it takes place

veloping a platform for others to share their stories was likely intui-

entirely online. The original idea for a web-based magazine began over

tive. However, as the project itself is meant to grapple with boundar-

two years ago when Transgressor Editor Diana Welch was approached by

ies, she and Morgan chose to invert traditional magazine structure

longtime friend and Monofonus Press founder, Morgan Coy, about the

by having “the words act as an accompaniment” to the primary visual

possibility of creating an entirely new type of magazine built for digital

components. And, similar to Pastelegram, a guest editor casts their


discerning eye on each issue of Transgressor. For Issue No. 2 it will

“We worked together for a long time trying to come up with some-

be the LA-based writer Caroline McCloskey, and for No. 3 it will be

thing that we felt filled a gap—both editorially and experientially. Mor-

architect Igor Siddiqui. Perhaps Transgressor’s most important mes-

gan was really into the idea of creating something that felt like an object,

sage comes from Welch herself: “There is power in being different. Go

and I wanted to offer a sense of stillness in the flashy, frenetic world of the

freak people out.”

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Diana Welch, pictured in her studio built by her husband Jesse Hartman of Shift Design Build, is the editor of recently launched bi-annual digital publication, Transgressor.

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grew up in the Post Oak Savannah outside Austin, where my parents were in their hippie phase being potters and homesteaders. We moved into Austin when I was eight, because my folks co-owned Threadgill’s. I was raised working in the restaurant, until, as an adolescent, I got swept into the Austin punk scene of the early 1980’s—skateboarding, running wild around the streets of old Austin and getting into trouble. Luckily, I was “redirected” from all this by art school, by becoming a kayaking guide and later, a competitor in the luge at the Olympic trials. I also learned to weld then from my mentor, Woody, and I haven’t stopped since. Now, 20 years later, at my shop in East Austin in the Splinter Group, I make art for public and private spaces, custom furniture and architectural metalwork. My three children go to Austin Discovery School and The Khabele School—two amazing, progressive, creative schools that are educating dynamic thinkers for our city (I sure wish schools like these had been around in the 1970’s!) I love to watch my kids experience Austin now in some of the same ways I did as a child. We enjoy the city’s urban vibe and culture, but more than that, we thrive in its wild green spaces, in the parks and in the water. In fact, I’m a nature person surviving in an urban environment. My family and I enjoy all the nature that Austin offers. We love Barton Springs and judge milestones in our children’s development by the age each kid has learned to jump off the diving board there. We have our community of friends, and we’ve all watched each other’s kids grow up around the springs. On a hot Austin Saturday, when the water’s up after a rain, you might find me and my family floating on our rafts from Gus Fruh to Campbell’s Hole, riding the rapids and making an adventure out of it. Then, we might get a bite to eat at a kid-friendly trailer park, like the one behind Thom’s Market on Barton Springs Road (one of our favorites). There, you’ll find bánh mì, homemade ice cream, fruit cups and hula hoops…what more could you want? Then it’s back home to do projects around our house, make a skate ramp in the yard, jump on the trampoline and watch the kids run in and out of the house, letting the mosquitoes in with every slam of the screen door. hawkeye glenn Hawkeye Glenn is an artist, master craftsman and owner of Blacksmith Industries. His wife, Lizzie Martinez, is a classically trained homeopath. They live in Central Austin in Hawkeye's childhood home. Visit to view Glenn's work.


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GirlsGuild Founders Diana Griffin and Cheyenne Weaver support the next generation of women makers. Griffin (right) and Weaver (left) look forward to helping young artisans develop portfolios that reflect the array of tools and techniques they have learned through mentorship programs.

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ver the course of a year-long interaction design and social entrepreneurship program at the Austin Center for Design, Diana Griffin and Cheyenne Weaver became intrigued by the ways in which young women shape their identities. “Finding one’s own voice within the community is a really powerful thing,” Weaver observes. Last spring, Griffin and Weaver founded GirlsGuild, a community of makers that supports aspiring artisans as they develop their sense of self, both as creative individuals and as young women. Today, GirlsGuild connects girls with makers across the city through a variety of apprenticeship programs—from a one-day course in narrative photography to a four-month-long jewelry making apprenticeship. Whether students learn a specific skill or explore the entrepreneurial aspects of working as an independent artist, GirlsGuild programs aim to give young women a dynamic skill set and a lifelong love of making. “The idea is to help girls and women build a stronger sense of identity, as they build skills and experience in whatever their passion may be,” Griffin says. L. SIVA P h oto g r a p h y by b i l l s a l l a n s


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ack Sanders of Design Build Adventure started welding in 2000, as it seems almost every project he works on requires it in some form or fashion. He looks back on his early days with a bit of humor. "I don't think you would technically call what I was doing at the time welding, but the steel did stick together." He's come a long way since his first project, the Newbern Baseball Club, which he worked on as a student at Auburn University's Rural Studio. He learned to weld through assisting Alabama artist Butch Anthony, serving as what they like to call a "human clamp," holding the steel in place while Anthony welded. "You do this job with your eyes closed tightly and start to familiarize yourself with the sound and the pace of the welding process," he says. "At some point, he just kind of passed the 'stinger' over to me." Sanders has used this hood he picked up from Alamo Welding Supply for the past two years. As Sanders teaches a studio in the School of Architecture at UT, works on installations for Fun Fun Fun Fest, makes art for E.A.S.T. (check out some of his art at the new Billy Reid store, where he also fabricated the hanging racks) and some residential design projects, it is under the welding hood where he feels most zen. "After years and years of practice and frustration, one day it clicks—you get a little bit tuned in with the molten steel on a molecular level. Suddenly, moving that 'bead' is a lot like an artist doing a watercolor. The bristles aren't dragging across the paper, but they are pulling and/or pushing the 'bead.'â€? Visit to view Sanders' work. L. smith ford


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nce you step inside, Take Heart unfolds into an irresistible world of beautiful design. With its bright space and the rich aroma of geranium sage lingering in the air, Take Heart invites passersby to stay a while and explore the work of artists and artisans from across the country. “The store is very personal for Whether you’re looking for a beautiful Turkish towel or potted succulents, Take Heart offers me,” says owner Nina Gordon, “and hopefully the energy in here is positive. I hope that people feel that way when they come in here, that something for everyone. it makes them feel good.” A haven for modern, handmade and vintage thoughtful selection of vibrant, one-of-a-kind goods, such as smallgoods, this East Austin boutique is a welcome experience for both the batch perfumes by Brooklyn-based Anne McClain and handmade home and the heart. resin necklaces by Triian in Florida. However, among its eclectic Gordon opened Take Heart last year, after reading and practicing offerings, Take Heart also reserves a special place for Austin’s local Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way Every Day. “It helped me realize I makers, who feature prominently in the shop. If you peer into the am a creative person,” she says, “and I began to overcome the fear of floor-to-ceiling windows, for example, you might find tree branch trying something totally new.” Inspired in part by the Japanese aesplanters and lamps by local artisan couple Twig and Bundle or Brazilthetic of simplicity and attention to detail, Gordon now curates each ian imbuia cutting boards by Michael Brozgul of Edwood Studio. item in her store, from whimsical stuffed animals by Kathryn Davis Above all, Gordon hopes Take Heart will serve as a starting point to the longleaf pine shelves beneath them, custom designed by local for relationships and conversations with her customers—you’ll often artisan Brian David Johnson of BDJ Craftworks. “If I want to sell find her behind the register with her terrier, Willie Mae, candles here, I do this crazy hunt for the candle,” Gordon stretched lazily at her feet. “The store is very relationsays. “I have to like the packaging, the scent, even the Take Heart ship-oriented to me,” she says. “I love getting to know the person who makes it. I get a little neurotic, but it’s good, 1111 E. 11th St. Ste. 100 (512) 520 9664 people who come in, talking to them and having a shared because I have fun doing the hunting.” appreciation for handmade and unique items.” s. duerr At the end of that hunt, Gordon emerges with a


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Iliana de la Vega (pictured) and Ernesto Torrealbo, the husband and wife team behind El Naranjo, serve up classic Mexican cuisine on Rainey Street.

El Naranjo 85 Rainey Street (512) 474 2776


efore Rainey Street was the nightlife mecca it is today, El Naranjo was a humble food trailer on one of its sleepy sidewalks. Curious foodies ventured over to savor its authentic Oaxacan delicacies, happily dining at weathered picnic tables. Then, neighboring bars popped up— few that offered food—and El Naranjo filled the void by delivering sustenance to the bar stools of hungry imbibers. Fast forward four years: Rainey Street is all grown up and so is El Naranjo. The humble food trailer graduated to the house behind it and has become a full-service restaurant and a sophisticated oasis among today’s hyper-social Rainey Street scene. The foresight of owners Iliana de la Vega and Ernesto Torrealba has paid off handsomely. But this isn’t their first rodeo: this husband and wife team previously ran one of Oaxaca’s most popular restaurants for over a decade. Their experience in the kitchen is apparent. El Naranjo’s menu reflects much of their


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Oaxacan heritage yet also borrows from other tasty Mexican regions. Their dedication to authenticity begins as soon as you’re seated: two delicious homemade salsas and eschebe vegetables are brought to the table with traditional bolillo rolls instead of the usual chips. The pillowy homemade bread is perfect for dunking in the piquant sauces. Chips make an appearance when served for scooping up fresh and creamy guacamole. Entrees also lean towards interior Mexican traditional. The classic Oaxacan chile relleno is stuffed with slow braised pork, simmered in tomatoes, tomatillos, olives, capers and raisins and smothered in a tomatoalmond sauce, its flavors and textures in perfect harmony. Another classic choice is the Oaxacan Amarillo mole, a rich yellow sauce made with regional chilies and herbs, served over a choice of protein and a side of white rice, squash, green beans and warm, homemade corn tortillas. We chose the grilled duck, and the complex smoky, tangy mole complemented it nicely, although we would’ve preferred our meat a little less rare. Both Iliana and Ernesto work in the kitchen, and Iliana is a trained chef and culi-

nary instructor. But it’s Ernesto’s background as an architect that helped transform the aging cottage into a sleek, stylish restaurant. The couple put a lot of thought and care into the transition from trailer to restaurant—and it shows. Like their menu, it’s a mixture of classic and modern. An intimate bar greets diners first, followed by a labyrinth of dining rooms—some open and airy, others small and cozy. An outdoor patio allows for al fresco meals. Rustic wooden tables and floors are spotlighted by luminous dangling pin lights. Even the slate-tiled bathrooms have style. Drinks are plentiful and fairly priced. The tequila list is impressive, as is the $7 house margarita. And the wine list is an equally fun exploration. I enjoyed a terrific glass of Grenache for a mere $5. The staff is friendly and helpful—much appreciated since many items are exotically unfamiliar.. El Naranjo is open for dinner and recently added lunch and brunch service. If you’re willing to navigate the masses that now descend on popular Rainey Street, you’ll be richly rewarded at hospitable El Naranjo. K. spezia P h oto g r a p h y by EVAN P RINCE

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Where to eat, drink and be merry along the way during the East Austin Studio Tour happening from November 10-18.


2804 N. I-35 (512) 469 5966

A family-owned business serving up authentic Ethiopian cuisine since 1991. CAZAMANCE

1101 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 844 4414 Chef Iba Thiam whips up aromatic West African cuisine with a global perspective. KARIBU ETHIOPIAN RESTAURANT & BAR

1209 E. 7th St. (512) 320 5454


ic curries across the Asian continent, from India to Thailand.


Batter up with delicious fried fish and chicken at this down-to-earth joint.

East Side King

1900 Manor Rd. (512) 366 5154

Craving a classic burger? Look no further than Flat Top. KATE’S SOUTHERN COMFORT

1602 E. 6th ST.

As befits its name, this food trailer offers hearty, southern classics, from crawfish etoufee to hatch chili chicken pies. KORIENTE

Taking its name from the Swahili word for “welcome,” Karibu offers popular Ethiopian cuisine.

American CENOTE

621 E. 7th St. (512) 275 0852 Delicious noodle and rice bowls with plenty of gluten-free options THE LOCAL YOLK

1001 E. 6th St. (512) 745 9110

1010 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 524 1311

Savory sandwiches and hearty brunch fare

This converted home is a beautiful place for lunch or catching up over coffee.


Eastside Café

A bright, airy spot for breakfast, lunch or a coffee pick-me-up.

2113 Manor Rd. (512) 476 5858


Delicious and healthy fare from the organic garden out back since 1988.

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1805 Airport Blvd. (512) 477 3237


1209 Rosewood Ave. (512) 653 5088 Your source for all things pork-centric, from sliders to pulled pork sandwiches. WAY SOUTH PHILLY

6th and Waller (512) 771 6969

This food trailer brings authentic philly cheesesteaks to Austin. YELLOW JACKET SOCIAL CLUB

1704 E. 5th St. (512) 480 9572

Step out for a drink and stay for the classic fare, from sandwiches to frittatas.


1100 E. 6th St. (2209 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 574 3691 An exploration of aromat-

1016 E. 6th St. 1618 E. 6th St. 1700 E. 6th St. (512) 422 5884

Chefs Paul Qui, Moto Utsonomaya and Ek Timrek offer unique, pan-Asian food from three trailers. ME SO HUNGRY

1104 E. 6th St. (512) 796 0804

Fresh Asian fusion cuisine just behind Cheer Up Charlie’s. YOKO ONO MIYAKI

2209 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 786 9042 Japanese pancakes and street food from a humble East Side trailer.

Barbecue Franklin Barbecue

3412 N. I-35 (512) 653 1187

Named the Best BBQ in America by Bon Appetit, Franklin serves up Meyer’s all natural angus brisket.


Hillside Farmacy

Enjoy your market-style barbecue indoors or on the patio.

Part grocery store, part casual eatery, Hillside Farmecy is located in a beautifully restored 50s-style

2713 E. 2nd St. (512) 524 1930


2000 E. 12th St. (512) 478 0378 Old-fashioned, slowcooked barbecue—just the way we like it.

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2027 Anchor Ln. (512) 614 2260 Ranch to table cuisine and an elegant take on bar fare. East Side Show Room

1100 E. 6th St. (512) 467 4280

1209 E. 11th St. (512) 628 0168


2401 E. 6th St. (512) 476 6262

This East Sixth hotspot serves a small but thoughtful menu of Mediterranean dishes, including lemon garlic hummus and roasted New Zealand lamb. THE SALTY SOW

1917 Manor Rd. (512) 391 2337

This nose-to-tail restaurant celebrates the best of wine and swine.

Delicious vintage cocktails in an eccentric space. Enjoy local art, music and cuisine by Sonya Cote.

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Build your own wine flights or choose from the carefully edited list from around the world.

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French Blue Dahlia Bistro

1115 E. 11th St. (512) 542 9542

A cozy, French-inspired bistro serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner. Justine’s Brasserie

4710 E. 5th St. (512) 385 2900

With its French bistro fare, impressive cocktails and charming décor, Justine’s has Austin looking east.

Italian Carmelo’s Restaurant

504 E. 5th St. (512) 477 7497

This romantic 19thcentury “railroad house” is perfect for canoodling over cannoli. Don’t miss the old-school pastry cart. EAST SIDE PIES

1401 Rosewood Ave. (512) 524 0933

1111-B E. 6th St. (512) 939 1927 Deep-dish, Chicago-style pizza—perfect for a late night out.

Latin American Buenos Aires Café

1201 E. 6th St. (512) 382 1189

Argentinean specialties like meat sandwiches on baguettes, empanadas and tasty pastries. Cantina Laredo 201 W. 3rd St. (512) 542 9670 Authentic Mexican food. For the guacamole starter, we licked the bowl clean. CASA COLOMBIA

1614 E. 7th St. (512) 495 9425

Journey to South America with exquisite flavors and a homey atmosphere.

Specialty pies with delicious flavors, from gorgonzola and roasted onions to the infamous Guiche, with goat cheese and spinach.



Curra’s Grill

1104 E. 6th St. (512) 484 0798

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1511 E. 6th St. (512) 478 2420 This Austin landmark is famed for its breakfast don’t pass up the migas!

614 E. Oltorf St. (512) 444 0012

Delicious interior Mexican food in a casual environment.


1800 E. 6th St. (512) 479 8105 Tasty, hearty fare and an array of seafood and steak platters. EL CHILE CAFÉ Y CANTINA

1809 Manor Rd. (512) 457 9900


2305 E. 7th St. (512) 472 0017

This family-owned and operated bakery and restaurant has served up Mexican cuisine to Austinites for 50 years. JUAN IN A MILLION

An eclectic mix of TexMex favorites.

2300 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 472 3872


Mexican comfort food at its finest.

2219 Manor Rd. (512) 382 3979 A taqueria offering both Tex-Mex and interior Mexican tacos El Sol y La Luna

600 E. 6th St. (512) 444 7770

As quintessentially Austin as it gets. Great migas and fresh juices. JOE’S BAKERY & COFFEE SHOP

2305 E. 7th St. (512) 472 0017

This family-owned and operated bakery and restaurant has served up Mexican cuisine to Austinites for 50 years. JUAN IN A MILLION

2300 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 472 3872 Mexican comfort food at its finest. El Sol y La Luna

600 E. 6th St. (512) 444 7770

As quintessentially Austin as it gets. Great migas and fresh juices.


1701 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 479 7911 A delicious, classic taqueria and must-stop for breakfast tacos. LOS COMALES

2136 E. 7th St. (512) 480 9358

Authentic Mexican cuisine with an extensive menu of enchiladas, salsas, tacos and more. MARCELINO PAN Y VINO

901 Tillery St. (512) 926 170

It doesn’t get much better than Marcelino’s hearty fajitas or breakfast tacos. MI MADRE’S RESTAURANT

2201 Manor Rd. (512) 322 9721 In a city as loyal to the breakfast taco, it’s hard to name the best one—but this family-owned spot has earned the title from the Austin Chronicle.

Nuevo León


Family-run institution on the East Side with a loyal following.

This Austin staple serves up some of Austin’s favorite breakfast tacos.



1501 E. 6th St. (512) 479 0097

1707 E. 6th St. (512) 495 9504

1306 E. 6th St. (512) 479 1306

2015 Manor Rd. (512) 482 0300

Nestled in a converted house on East Sixth, Papi Tino’s serves up modern Mexican cuisine and an impressive selection of delicious mezcals.

Elegant Tex-Mex fare, from enchiladas to grilled skirt steak.


1006 E. 6th St. (512) 292 4497

Don’t miss this taco stand—the tacos al Pastor are a must!

Vegan & Vegetarian COUNTER CULTURE

2337 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 524 1540 An East Austin haven for vegans and vegetarians.


Mr. Natural

A cozy coffee shop during the day and a romantic dinner spot in the evening.

This 100% vegetarian establishment serves up tasty variations on American and Tex MEx favorites.

1308 E. 6th St. (512) 524 0384


408 N. Pleasant Valley Rd. (512) 828 6617 Traditional Brazilian cuisine made from scratch. Takoba

1411 E. 7th St. (512) 628 4466 Bold, authentic flavors with ingredients imported straight from Mexico.

1901 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 477 5228


1110 E. 12th St. (512) 619 7989

Whether you’re looking for a hearty burrito or “freeto” pie, this trailer serves healthy and fresh vegan fare.

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y husband, Jon, lived and worked on El Cosmico in Marfa, so when we moved to Austin, he came straight to Red Bluff Studio to set up his workshop, DOEFABCO. Jon does everything from design to fabrication of whatever comes his way. Whether it's a prototype with a specific job to do or a custom piece of furniture or a short run of mass production, he'll do it start to finish in the shop. Red Bluff is situated on the banks of the Colorado River and is home to landscape architects Mark Word Design, Design Build Adventurer Jack Sanders, screen printers Satch Grimley and Jaime Cervantes, architects Robie Gay and Lucy Begg of Thought-

barn, graphic designer Mishka Westell, pedal steel guitar player Jesse Ebaugh and cabinetmaker Jon Williams of Construct. It's a great setting and a great group of people— lots of different skills and personalities in a little group of buildings. Our family seems to always convene at Red Bluff in the afternoons. It’s where our son, Jack—we call him Jackie—has sat in on design meetings, built tree houses, picked peaches and guitars, collected and built caterpillar housing, learned how to wield a drill, gathered wood for fires and drank lots of root beer...It is a five-year-old boy's dream hangout, full of cool grown-ups like Sanders and his gang of "architect kids," as Jackie calls them. After tromping around either El Cosmico or Red Bluff for most of his life, he will probably become a pedal steel guitarplaying architect with a love for campfires and a knack for screenprinting who can build or weld anything! In the summertime, everyone will grab an inner tube, and we'll all jump into the river down below and then maybe sit around a campfire under the stars. Red Bluff, a community of makers, is our community—even our dog, Ella, prefers to hang out at Red Bluff. michelle teague Michelle Teague is the owner of JM Dry Goods located at 215 S. Lamar. Her husband, Jonathan Davidson, is the owner of DOEFABCO, a design and fabrication shop, and their five-year-old, Jack, could be a pedal steel guitar-playing architect in the making.

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