GO: Travelin’ to Trans-Pecos

The 1953 Vagabond at El Cosmico. PhotoCredit: El Cosmico

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This weekend, It was time for the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love, and if you were lucky enough to have called Liz Lambert’s El Cosmico home for the weekend, then you will have kept very good company indeed.

The 1953 Vagabond at El Cosmico. PhotoCredit: El Cosmico
The 1953 Vagabond at El Cosmico. PhotoCredit: El Cosmico

For best results, I hope you hunkered down to stay all three nights. Did you watch the Austin Texas Playboys take on the Marfa Los Yonke Gallos in a peerless sandlot rivalry? Did your pick up a vintage blanket or Marfa,TX tank from my very favorite Filthmart? Did you meet Kelly DeWitt of KKDW woodworking? I hope so, and I hope you bought one of her cedar record boxes. Those M.Ward and Tift Merrit albums will all need an appropriately groovy place to rest once back at your ranch.

The Tents at El Cosmico. Photo Credit: El Cosmico
The Tents at El Cosmico. Photo Credit: El Cosmico

If camp crafts were your vibe, then perhaps you registered for a workshop — maybe you got your hands dirty with Callen Thompson of Beam Textiles or made an ultra-rad desert dream-catcher with the duo behind Poppy and Someday. Finally, I hope you found my friend Natalie Davis of Canoe & had a chance to ask how her Friday workshop went. Hint- she was the the brunette in overalls.

Natalie Davis of Canoe - Photo Cred Refueled Magazine
Natalie Davis of Canoe – Photo Cred Refueled Magazine

I connected with Natalie over the blogosphere earlier and immediately liked her voice – authentic, enthusiastic, and intelligent. An Austin-based art-educator and artist, this founding creative behind one-day pop-up Feliz keeps busy. Over the past year Natalie has been focusing on growing Canoe by broadening her product assortment while simultaneously teaching her own leather tooling workshops.

Canoe Dusk Bolo. Photocredit: Canoe Austin
Canoe Dusk Bolo. Photocredit: Canoe Austin

Her first workshop was this time last year during trans-pecos ’12 and since has brought her brand of leather tooling to shops like Myth and Symbol, General Store, and Dream Collective. Registration is always open to any who are interested, and if in the area I encourage you to sign up and learn a new craft from this talented maker.

Canoe Deep Sky Tote Bag . Photocredit: Canoe Austin
Canoe Deep Sky Tote Bag . Photocredit: Canoe Austin

With her own work, Natalie is enterprising. With the efforts of others, Natalie is endlessly supportive. In her own life, Natalie is ever-on-the-go. Phew! No wonder this gal has so many amigos. Natalie is a nominee for the Martha Stewart Living Made in the USA  Awards. This is the last week to vote, so get out there and cast your ballot for Canoe.

Onwards ya’ll. Hope the real world won’t harsh your mellow too much Monday morn.
-Your Older Sister