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I'm a self-taught artist living in Austin, Texas.
I design by hand with pencil, paper, ink, thread and fabric, using collage, painting, embroidery, and sewing with my 1948 Singer Featherweight sewing machine. I like the look of things touched by the human hand, imperfect & soulful. I’m inspired by early 20th century craft and quality, and the uniqueness of personal style.
I have a passion for upcycling; the constraints inspire me creatively and it's aligned with my love for this earth we live on. It feels good to take discarded pieces and alchemize them into one-of-a-kind treasures.
My upcycled, one-of-a-kind jackets & apparel are sold in Marfa, Austin, Joshua Tree & Nashville. My original sweatshirts are also ethically produced entirely in California: fabric made in LA, cut & sewn in SF, dyed in Marin County.
FEATHERWEIGHT CLOTHING CO.
I started Featherweight Clothing Co. in the summer of 2012. My first T-shirt design & first two poster designs were sold by Urban Outfitters. My snake T-shirt design was worn by Eddie Vedder on the cover of Billboard Magazine.
I've sold at some fantastic boutiques like Cobra Rock Boot Company, Wrong Marfa, Atomic Garden Oakland, and events including West Coast Craft, Oakland First Fridays, Machina Arts Fest & others.
My designs have been worn onstage by musicians Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), John Doe (X), Exene Cervenka (X), Shirley Manson (Garbage), Rhett Miller (Old 97's), Geneva Harrison (Bells Atlas), Jeff Klein (My Jerusalem) & more.
I love designing for musicians, creative entrepreneurs, boutiques & brands.
(You can see works in progress on my Instagram.)
FINE ART & MURALS
- The Continental Club (Austin)
- Falcon Automotive (Austin)
I've exhibited collages, poster art & apparel art at:
- Facha Patoto (Los Angeles)
- Machina Art Fest (Oakland)
- minibar (San Francisco)
- Fort Gallery (San Francisco)
- Naming Gallery (Oakland)
WHERE TO BUY
MAPLE STREET DENIM | Oakland CA
ATOMIC GARDEN | Oakland CA
FINDS IN THE FORK | Leipers Fork TN
THE END | Yucca Valley CA
WRONG MARFA | Marfa TX
COBRA ROCK BOOT CO. | Marfa TX
HERBAN GARDEN | Fairfax CA
THE MENDOCINO COUNTRY STORE | Mendocino CA