So thrilled to be included in this esteemed group of 100 Southern Makers,
Don’t wait to purchase tickets. It is a sell-out every year.
2015 marks the third year for what has become a much anticipated event at the historic Union Station in Montgomery, Alabama.
Talked about by the likes of Garden & Gun and Martha Stewart, who sends her scout to the event, Makers (as it is affectionately known) will this year be a two day event.
You will be hearing much more about this but for now……..
Andrew Lee Design
Kudzu Noodle Bar
Ozan Vineyard & Cellars
Rescued Relics / Landmarks Foundation
C. Hines Art
Chef Leo Maurelli, III, Central
Fox Point Farm
The Tipping Point
Four Oak Furniture Design
Stone Hollow Creamery
Deborah Strawn Glass
Emma Jane Designs
Brooks Road Dill Pickles
Hot Damn Jelly Co
Happy Soap Company LLC
Montgomery Art Guild
Eastaboga Bee Company
Shelby County Arts Council Pottery Collective
G.E.A.R. by Re-Invention
Amos Book Co.
Wicks and Willow
G Mommas Cookies, Selma Good Co.
Black Belt Treasures
Left Hand Soap Co.
Cotton & Pine
New South Books
Chef David Bancroft, Acre
Toni’s Natural Creations
Jim ‘N Nicks Community Bar-B-Q
Railyard Brewing Co.
Tin Man Art
Chris Bennett, The Forager
Standard Deluxe Inc.
Montgomery Museum of Fine Art
Chez Lulu & Continental Bakery
The Moose and Squirrel Show
The Hummus People
Dayspring Dairy, LLC
Anthony Tavis Folk Art
City Arts Bham
Piper & Leaf Gardens
Mountain Moon Glass
Freedom Soap Company
Straight To Ale
Tangled String Studios, LLC
D D aRt
Iron City Trading
Great Bear Wax Co.
Rusted Willow Artworks
Jala Jala Foods, Inc.
Leigh Ann Hurst Handcrafted Jewelry
Green Pea Press
Back Alley Bistro
Walker Timber Frames LLC
Highbrow Cold Brew
The Brew Stooges, The
Earthborn Studios, Inc.
Earth and Stone Wood Fired Pizza
Black Warrior Brewing Company
Amos Paul Kennedy
Andy Grace, Eating Alabama
Orbix Hot Glass
Southern Accents Architectural Antiques
George’s Broom Closet
Back 40 Beer Co.
Sprouted Flour Company
Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina
Perdido Beach Resort
Brent Smith art
Brooks Barrow Studio
Frances Rodriguez Art
Harry Dearing Woodworking
East River Trading
KBC butcher block, market, eatery
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The headliners for Southern Makers were famous Alabamian Apparel Designers Natalie Chanin and Billy Reid. Both, in recent years, have moved their operations home to Florence, Alabama from New York and have embraced their roots as the world has embraced them.
He did a great job of helping people get a sense of what his real stores feel like. They are all decorated like houses in buildings made to feel old with lots of brick, art, family relics etc. You’ve never met anyone more laid back. Makes me wonder what he’s like when he’s stressed. Does he ever get stressed? Surely.
This was my very favorite “stage prop” that he used.
They covered a long table and said, “Ducks in a row.” So cute.
This little one thought so, too.
Cute peeps with peeps. 🙂
Natalie’s store was next door.
If you aren’t familiar with her work, her garments are all handcrafted using quilting stitches and they are some of the softest things you will ever touch. Read her fascinating storyhere.
They both gave lectures or taught seminars.
It was great to see some really young folks in this seminar learning a trade.
Natalie’s daughter was very patient through it all. 🙂
Then there were the local favorites:
Clowning around with Mark Dauber.
My favorites of his work change so rapidly I call them the Dauber Dailies.
Here is today’s:
Dr.Robert Parker and his hand carved bowls
And some great work by the gals down at Gear!
So from start to finish I would give it an A.
As some came to mingle
some came to ponder apparently. tee hee
Some came to be inspired.
Some learned to print the old fashioned way.
And others just enjoyed an afternoon together.
For me, it was a whole lotta all of the above.
I was inspired. I learned. I saw lots of friends. I hopefully contributed.
It doesn’t get any better than that.
So here’s my shadow bidding you adieu and sayin’
as I say goodbye to my own friends.
M.R. I adore you and I always giggle when I see Greg’s eyes disappear every time he laughs. You two help to make the South great.
It’s a wrap!
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Sooo, the scene was finally set.
The staff bustled.
The chefs hustled.
And we puzzled over how to do things (like play electric guitars) when the power blipped out. #oops #1st year #learning curves
Isn’t that a beauty? All hand made by Thomas Hinds.
There was lots to do.
Lots to eat … and drink.
She knew and loved my uncle. Lived next door and used to take him wild flowers every day in his latter years.
We just met.
I love the South.
Pure goodness.. woman AND pie.
We also had Southern growers.
These two were my favs. Why?
Because they were baking the bread!! Oh yeah. #sucker
“Oh, Baby can you hear my heartbeat?”
What else can you do with wheat and straw? Make brooms of course.
Stay tuned for the headliners. Up next pop up stores by Chanin, Reid and Starr.
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