time to give your computer a little dose of springtime cheer! click on the image to head on over to our flickr page and download the large size.
if you’d never been to austin before and you were walking down the street and passed mrs. bea’s, you probably wouldn’t even notice it. you definitely wouldn’t think it’s one of the best venues to see a show during sxsw. but head around back and you’ll find an outdoor stage, dance floor and bar where no matter where you are you have an up close view of the band. plus music is always better outside in my opinion!
check out these amazing photos one of our fp girls shot at the no age show at mrs. bea’s during last year’s sxsw:
today’s featured sxsw band is also one of my current obsessions – local natives!
i heard the opening notes of the first song “wide eyes” and they had me hooked immediately…i’ve been listening to their album gorilla manor nonstop for a couple of weeks now and i love it from start to finish.
it’s full of beautiful harmonies and intricate arrangements and a sort of moody, haunting undertone that i always seem to be drawn to. i wasn’t surprised to learn they list the zombies, crosby stills & nash and animal collective as some of their influences.
they’ll be playing a couple of shows at sxsw this year, one of them in urban’s backlot.
take a listen to the first few songs from their album and let me know if you’re loving them as much as I am…
the sxsw music festival starts this week in austin, and two of our girls are headed down to partake in the action! this week, i’ll be bringing you tips on must-see bands, the best venues, the best food, cupcakes and more!!
last photo is by megan bingham.
i’ve really been loving the photos our fans have been posting on our facebook page! you guys are so beautiful…thanks for sharing your pics :)
a couple of weeks ago i got an email from a reader named katie, who wanted to tell me about a website she started called art wall. i wanted to share this cool site and a brief interview with you…
a lover of art with a background in display and visual merchandising, katie always felt that there was something missing from the experience of shopping for art online: the “wow” factor that inspired display can add to the equation. with art wall she saw an opportunity to bring the two together. read on for a brief interview with katie about the website.
what inspired you to create art wall online?
if i think back it was really out of a desire to showcase special picks and finds for a fan-based site i run: savegocco.com. i wanted a way to feature and highlight my picks: enter the “studio” room. it was going to stop there as just a page in the save gocco domain, but then i thought: why not make a whole website with pages dedicated to different rooms in a house? i have a total crush on art walls, i find them fascinating and think it takes a special skill to create them in a way that looks interesting. i’ve studied them in magazines for years so it was only natural that i used that type of display to highlight multiple pieces of art that worked together…i used my own home as inspiration.
the website features different rooms- an entryway, dining room, master bedroom, etc. – each with a selection of artwork displayed on the walls. viewers can click on the artwork to see an image of the piece, and information about the artist.
i read on your blog that february’s master bedroom had a “love” theme – do all the rooms have themes?
all the rooms have a very subtle theme in the sense that each one has at least one piece that relates to the room. read: a key lino print in the entryway, the gocco prints in the studio, a sultry portrait in the bedroom. i don’t love themes for rooms in general but i do appreciate that different pieces may work better in specific rooms.
i love all the artists you feature on art wall – do you select who you’re going to feature, or do people submit their work to you?
the displayed pieces are a mix of artists who have submitted their work to me and artists i’ve invited to display. i want the site to continue to have a specific look and feel so i think it’s important for me to keep scouring the indie marketplaces for that look.
you may remember a little while back we told you we loved your “fp me” photos so much we were going to put some up on the website…they are up and look awesome…you guys have such great style, and we’re always inspired by how you wear free people!
check out fp me on the website here.
if you live in austin or are heading there for sxsw, be on the lookout for the wondercraft!
it’s a vintage airstream trailer (named “stella”) stocked with arts & craft supplies! the wondercraft is the brainchild of four creative ladies who had a goal of bringing supplies to wherever there was a need for artistic expression. they offer mobile classes, parties and events and keep their trailer stocked with a unique selecton of inspirational products. i love it! such a great idea, and the vintage trailer just makes it even better :)
for more info check out their website.