Events for Memorial Day Weekend!

Happy Memorial Day weekend, folks!

If you’re staying in Austin, here are a few suggestions that revolve around water, cool drinks, and fun.

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Jazz Brunch at Hotel San Jose / Saturday, May 24th, 10 a.m.

This jazz brunch will be sixth in the spring series of brunch and cool jazz in the lovely courtyard of Hotel San Jose. There will be $3 mimosas and a menu including glazed pepper bacon and chorizo egg tart.

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Upcoming Events!

The folks of the Maker Co-op will be having a lot of events to kick off the beginning of summer. Here’s a few to put on your calendar!

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May 10th (tomorrow!) // Art of the Pot

The work of 17 Austin ceramicists will be on display tomorrow for the 11th annual Art of the Pot Studio Tour. Guest artists from Santa Fe, Vermont and New York will have their work on display. The tour will be tomorrow, May 10th, and Sunday, May 11th. Check out the Facebook event here.

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May 22nd // Austin CRAVEfuel 2014

This will be a fantastic event for makers, designers, and anyone looking to do a little networkin’ in the design community in Austin. Held at Spruce Upholstery, CRAVEfuel will feature speakers such as Chelsea Fullerton of Go Forth Creative, Maura Ambrose of Folk Fibers and more.

 

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Meet: Daniella and Sandrine of Monorail Studio

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It speaks to the ease and welcoming nature of Daniella and Sandrine that we went for a thirty minute studio tour and ended up at the table drinking cappuccinos a few hours later. They are the founders/designers/brains behind Monorail Studio, a paper goods and apparel print studio based in Austin. They were kind enough to show us around their studio, provide us with caffeine and good conversation, and even let us pull a print before we left. Read their story below!

The Story Behind Monorail Studio

Sandrine and Daniella met as graphic design students at the University of Texas in a lithography class (lithography is a printmaking process using stones). Daniella grew up in the Texas border town of Brownsville, and Sandrine, as the daughter of a dad in the oil business, grew up mostly in Houston with time spent in California and abroad.

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4 Austin Instagram Accounts to Follow

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Today, we would like to brighten your day with four local, Austin Instagram accounts that we adore. These streams add a little bit of loveliness to our lives each day. From interior designer Claire Zinnecker (above) to stylish doctor, Farah, and local florist (and first rate barista!), Samantha Jensen - these accounts never let us down.  Johnson’s Backyard Garden motivates us to eat our veggies – and even offers suggestions for how to prepare them. We love seeing our spectacular city through these iPhones. We’d love it if you’d share your favorite Austin IG accounts with us!bricolagecf2bricolagecf1above images by Samantha Jensen @bricolagecffindfarrah1findfarah2above images by Farah Guy @findfarahjborganics2JBOrganics1above images by Johnson’s Backyard Garden @jbgorganic

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Little Minnow: One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale

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Maker Co-op members Lizzi and Mary Bradley of Little Minnow  recently traveled to Toronto to exhibit their lovely wares in the Etsy Section of the One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale. A Toronto tradition for nearly 40 years, the OOAK show attracts over 60,000 shoppers each year. For the second year, Etsy curated a special section of the show, showcasing 50 carefully selected North American vendors and their handmade goods. Congrats, Lizzi and Mary – we love your display of scarves and tea towels!

Photos by: Lizzi Bradley

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Easter DIY Round Up

Here are a few lovely DIY projects perfect for Easter.

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1. Floral Headpiece     2. Bunny Clay Bowls     3. Painted Wooden Eggs
4. Bunny Jars       5. Egg Hunt Bags      6. Easter Candy Box

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Meet: Amanda and Khiem of A&K Woodworking and Design

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We visited Amanda and Khiem in their studio space in Edwood Studio Co-op just off East 4th Street here in Austin. They started A&K Woodworking & Design one year ago in April 2013 after moving from Boston to Austin. They’re the newest members of the Maker Co-op, and they’re also really nice, laid-back folks who are easy to chat with on a warm spring day.

Their background in photography and woodworking (both graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design) laid the foundation for an interest in creating and designing. Moving to Austin gave them the opportunity to meet other makers and have access to studio space, Amanda explains, and gave them the confidence to make the jump on their own and start a business.

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Meet: Kristen and Eve of MakeATX

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If you enjoy working with your hands, whether it’s woodworking, laser cutting or design work, MakeATX is your playground. Kristen and Eve are the founders of this multi-faceted workspace in East Austin, and you couldn’t ask for cooler, nicer people to guide your creative experience.

It should first be established that Kristen and Eve know their stuff. Both are trained as architects, having graduated from top schools, but they’re also passionate about making, whether it’s creating stationary, knitting, designing graphics, or supporting other makers in their community. When we stopped in, it was evident they’ve created a fantastic environment to work in. It felt peaceful and relaxed, and it was clear that Kristen and Eve are dedicated to making sure their members have the best work experience possible.

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Hi there! We’re Son of a Sailor Jewelry + Supply

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Howdy, Billy and Jessica here from Son of a Sailor. We’ve been in business since May 2011 and have been fortunate to become a sustainable business with a presence in boutiques and online shops around the world. In February we launched our third jewelry collection, LAND, and we’ve been growing the Supply side of our business into a lifestyle brand with gift items and home accessories for men and women.

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Renegade Craft Fair SXSW – Meet the Makers

Spring has sprung, and that means two things in Austin: SXSW and Renegade Craft Fair. And this year they have combined forces, for what is sure to be one of the greatest shows yet! We have all been busy getting ready for the show and here is a preview of what/who you will see inside the Maker Co-op booth.

Monorail
Monorail Studios

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Satchel and Sage

LittleMinnow
Little Minnow Designs

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Son of a Sailor Jewelry

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MakeATX

POPPY
Poppy and Fern

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a & k woodworking & design

LITTLELOW
Little Low Studio

FAIRMORNING
Fair Morning Blue

SUPPLY
Son of a Sailor Supply

SCOUTANDHONOUR
Scout and Honour

Come by booth #33/#54 and say hi! We would love to meet you. And who knows, if things go well, maybe even buy you a beer.

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