Friday, June 28, 2013

Health story





As summer is in full swing, so are the bathing suits, the shorts, the cute little tank tops. Getting fit just for the summer should be something that you tune into year-round though. 

In light of the Tone It Up Bikini Series coming to a close, I am sharing my Tone It Up story with you. I just submitted this to my trainers, Karena and Katrina, for the grand prize entry (seriously check this out and get excited for next year and everything else they have to come!)

My Tone It Up journey is not one of great weight loss, but it is one of a great awakening to a healthy life. 

I grew up never having to worry about making an effort to stay fit. I didn't eat much, I was petite to begin with. From age 8 until 18 I was a cheerleader, so my metabolism was high and I didn't worry about eating ice cream late at night. When I graduated high school and entered into college, my metabolism and body took on a new transformation. My freshman year at college was difficult-learning new routines, how to be on my own, a break-up, the death of a grandparent…many contributing factors for me to turn to food as comfort, or simply an after-thought. When you are petite and 4'11" it is easy to see any weight gain. All throughout college, I noticed that my weight would go up and down just by a few pounds, but those few pounds really mattered when there wasn't a lot of body available to distribute it! 

The week after college graduation, I moved away to start my "big girl job" in a big city as the Art Director for a magazine. I was so excited about starting my life. I didn't keep a strict workout regimen, I didn't make a point to choose a salad rather than pasta. My metabolism was not what it used to be and though I was certainly not fat, I was definitely not fit. After the dream job I landed turned sour and a serious relationship faltered, I was depressed, angry and again let food be my comfort. I did not feel good about myself at all and I knew I needed to change habits of simply not getting up and moving, not caring what I was putting into my body. 

I really took control of my health when I started a less stressful job, began dating my husband and realized it was time to grow up and get serious about my health. I was not feeling or looking like a perky 20-something and that had to change. 

I found Tone It Up through seeing tweets from Tenley Molzahn (from The Bachelor) and checking it out. I started doing the workouts and becoming more and more interested in the nutrition plan. I bit the bullet and bought the plan at the end of January 2011. That was when my lifestyle completely changed. I ate vegetables I had never liked, I prepared food in healthy ways and I finally learned to love to cook. I lost and toned ten pounds and loved how my body was changing and most importantly, how I was feeling. I tried a Barre Amped class and fell in love with barre workouts the following fall. I paired those workouts with my Tone It Up workouts, constantly being encouraged by Karena and Katrina to push harder, be better and love myself more. I found so much joy through simply doing what I knew I had to do. Having the most positive, sunny trainers ever helped me push over those plateaus. 

I got engaged in June 2012 and stuck to my Tone It Up plan, my workouts with Karena and Katrina and Barre Amped. On my wedding day, I felt toned and beautiful. I was glowing from happiness and health. When we returned from our honeymoon, I went back to my barre class and found out that a new studio was opening and new instructors were needed. I jumped on the opportunity to encourage others to take hold of their health and love to workout just like Karena and Katrina have done for me. I got certified December 2012 and have been teaching since. I continue to watch my body tone and change. I crave healthy food and the thrill of an amazing workout now. It's amazing how you can teach your body to feel that way. Yes, you can still indulge in sweet treats, burgers, pastas…but in moderation it makes you appreciate it more and also realize why you chose a healthier path. 
-Laurie

Here is my before and after: my freshman year of college at a sorority party and on my wedding day, when I felt great. 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Chelsea Music Festival: Behind the Scenes

View from the venue

The music was lovely


A couple of weeks ago I posted a little promo piece for the Chelsea Music Festival. I just wanted to let you all know the event was so lovely! I only wish I could have gone to every one! Culinary Artist in Residence, Sonar Saikia, brought some very tasty bites to the opening Gala and I had to snap a few photos of his creations. Who doesn't love gourmet food in fancy little serving pieces?

Sonar and his team working on the Dublin Prawn Salad


Lamb Kofte




Butternut Squash Custard

Fish & Chips
Sonar's debut

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: Granita Cool Down


Credit: John Autry via Garden and Gun

Summer has officially arrived and this Tuesday I thought I would share a tasty Granita recipe to help lower our internal temperatures...or at least make us feel like the temps are lower.

I am big on print magazines. Really anything in print. I am trying to get into the digital age of things but I'm not there yet. One of my monthly reads is Garden and Gun magazine. Their June/July issue includes a Sweet Tea Granita recipe from Chef Andrea Litvin at The Spence in Atlanta. It sounds so good I had to share it with you all. And if you have never read this magazine before I want to encourage you to pick up the latest issue. Make your Granita, find a pool and read for the afternoon...you will thank me.

Sweet Tea Granita
(Makes about six cups)
Ingredients
²⁄³  cup sugar
cups water
black tea bags, preferably  English breakfast or other  good-quality tea
Preparation
Bring sugar and water to a boil. Add tea bags and steep for five minutes. Cool to room temperature.
Pour liquid into an 8-by-8-inch baking dish (any shallow, freezer-proof dish will do); cover with plastic wrap and freeze.
After an hour, run a fork through the mixture to break up any large pieces of ice; return to the freezer. Repeat every 15 to 20 minutes until the consistency is fluffy and no large ice crystals remain, about two or three more times. Scoop into glasses and serve.
Granita may be made ahead and stored in a plastic-covered container in the freezer for up to three days. Fluff with a fork before serving.
For an Arnold Palmer variation
Reduce water to 2½ cups. Zest two lemons; then halve and juice. After steeping the tea bags, add lemon juice and zest and begin the freezing process as directed.

-Alison

Monday, June 24, 2013

Summer Monogram Stationary



I have really caught the summer bug this year. Custom monograms will never go out of style I don't think. It's such a fun thing to have your own little something special. I created two new custom stationary listings in my Etsy shop that evoke that laid back Caribbean vibe with a little bit of beachy weathering. Comment below, visit the Etsy shop, or email fancifulink@gmail.com to order! 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer is Here!





Happy Summer! I'm so glad it is finally here! I am sharing my summer beauty low maintenance must haves for the beach, pool and for those casual days out and about. You can find these products at Sephora, Birchbox and Walgreens. For Birchbox access (which you would love!!), type in your browser: http://birch.ly/19YtjJW  or leave a comment below. I'll post the link on Facebook and Twitter as well! 




thBalm shadow/blush duo is the perfect simple tint; Smashbox's BB Cream has great coverage and lasts a long time through sweat and water; I love Australian Gold's sunscreen because of the smell! The Vasanti Rejuvenator is the absolute best scrub ever, though a bit pricey. St. Tropez self tanner gives you a wonderful glow that lasts a few days or you can build on your tan for a natural, gradual look. The eyeliner and mascara stays put until you take it off gently with warm water-amazing. L'Oreal's Beach Spray in my opinion, is far better than Bumble & Bumble's spray but much much cheaper. Organix version of Moroccan oil is also a cheaper version that works just as well if not better. Top off your tresses with adorable hair ties that are soft on the hair and also double as a cute little bracelet! -Laurie





Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summer Reading List



We bring to you our summer reading list! Thankfully we have a super cool, literary buff friend we enlisted for a little help. Be very glad she is compiling this list and not me. My list: Real Simple, then Real Simple the next month, then maybe a little dreaming with Dwell... Again, thank goodness Andrea is getting us in the know. I certainly want to go purchase at least two of these and get on the bandwagon. Let us know your favorite!

Thanks to the ladies at Paper Pearl for asking me to write a guest post about one of my favorite subjects: great books! I love spending these long days of sunlight at the park or by the pool reading. I recommended a few titles below, divided up into categories. Hopefully they will get you off to a great start!


New Releases: 


The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. It begins with a group of kids meeting and forming a little club at an art camp way back in the 60s and follows their ambitions (some realized and some lost) into adulthood. 


The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. A spinster befriends a family that lives below her in an apartment building and relational lines start to blur. 


Inferno by Dan Brown. This Robert Langdon thriller is based on the work of Dante and, I’m just guessing here, a puzzle to solve using art history. I kid, but I can’t wait to read it. 




Catching up on the Classics: 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The latest film adaptation is still in theaters so dust off your copy from high school and brush up on Fitzgerald’s masterpiece about the American Dream. 


To the Lighthouse by Virginia Wolfe. It’s about a not-so-simple family vacation. I have never read Wolfe, so I’m starting with this one this summer. 




True Stories: 

The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel. As the Nazis began to spread their empire, persecuted families and museums sent great works of art into hiding. Men chronicles the search to recover precious heirlooms and priceless works of art. George Clooney is starring in the movie adaptation this fall! 


Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan. Gaffigan, the stand up comedian best known for food jokes, writes about his life raising 5 kids in a small Manhattan apartment. Think this year’s Bossypants. 




Last Years Best Sellers: 

Divergent by Veronica Roth. This YA book is supposed to be the new Hunger Games. Need I say more? 


Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple. I happened to pick this up in an airport recently and loved it. It’s about a girl searching for her mother who suddenly disappeared. 


The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. Rowling’s first foray into adult fiction is a few inches thick and populated by dozens of characters in a British town. 


Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. It’s about a girl in the 20s trying to have it all in New York City. It was one of my favorite reads last year. 



Beach Reads: 

Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella. This is Kinsella’s latest release, but the title tells the reader what she is about. Girly, silly, funny fiction. Anything by her would be great in this category. 


Revenge wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. I never read the first book, but like everyone else, I loved the movie The Devil Wears Prada with Meryl. I am looking forward to picking up this sequel to see how everyone is getting on. 



Happy Reading to everyone! What are you looking forward to reading this summer?
-Andrea (& Alison)

Tasty Tuesday: Watermelon-Strawberry Salad




There is just something about watermelon that welcomes summer. I don't ever really want it any other time than outside in the heat of the summer months. I added in sliced strawberries, fresh basil and black pepper to the watermelon chunks. It's that simple. Chop, toss. Done. 
-Laurie

Monday, June 17, 2013

Celebrate Summer-Backyard Fun in the Sun!




SUMMER is only 4 days away! I am so excited. I don't like the humid heat of Tennessee, but I love the bbq's, lake days, beach days, late nights and the smell of coconut and pineapple. Alison and I are prepping you all week long for the big celebration that is summer on Friday! I'm currently doing Tone It Up's 5 Day Slim Down to get ready for our upcoming Key West trip and my week's menu requires a lot of fruit, which I am not complaining about. My husband and I went to Nashville Shores this past Saturday and I was so grateful to finally be in the sun with water so close to me. I could have laid by that wave pool all day long. We will be bringing you summer beauty ideas, book lists, and fruity summer recipes all week long. 
Today I am showing you some great ideas of how to enjoy the sun with some water fun in your backyard if you don't have a pool or just want to cool off in a fun way! 
Top left: I would love to find an old bunk bed and use the top as a layout deck/stargazing deck, then the bottom as a grilling and outdoor cooking area. I am determined to find one, paint it the same color as our deck and enjoy. Anyone have an old bunk bed? Top right: See my pin on Pinterest to learn how to make an overhead sprinkler. How awesome would that be to lay out under? Bottom left: Poke large holes in a liter bottle, attach the hose and drape over a tree...instant hanging sprinkler! Bottom right: Oh, the slip and slide...as seniors in Chi Omega in college, we were responsible for constructing a slip and slide party for the rest of the chapter. It ended up being my close friends and myself putting it together, moving it, then putting it together again. It was simple: a tarp held down by stakes, lots of water, lots of baby shampoo (or oil). Just be sure to clean the space under the tarp of sticks or you'll get an unwelcome scrape. How are you staying cool in your backyard this summer? -Laurie




Friday, June 14, 2013

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Happy Father's Day, Lee & Paul!



We cannot let our Manly theme go without saying Happy Father's Day to our fabulous dads. There is a special bond between father and daughter and our dances at our weddings captures that perfectly, pictured above. Especially with only children, which we both are! 
So, have the happiest Father's Day ever, Lee Henry and Paul Ball! -Laurie

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

On the Importance of a Manly Beard...

Continuing our manly week, Alison and I decided that we had to have some witty banter from our dear friend and hair extraordinaire, Mr. Frazier Dyson. He has a deep love for very manly things, yet can make a woman look and feel amazing in the hair department. He and his wife Nina and daughter Anaya are expecting a new baby boy Dyson any day now! Please welcome the superb Frazier into the Paper Pearl fold: 


Here is the deal men: We are fighting a loosing battle to bare chested, pit shaving, soft tender faced boys. Men who find their beards too itchy will also find their manhood too heavy... GROW YOUR BEARDS!!!! but seriously, beards are on the rise. They are showing up all over fashion.

For example, Nick Wooster (creative director for Neiman Marcus) 



Who defines manliness???? no, seriously? not rhetorical!...seriously say it, manliness person ever, right now!!! I'll wait...........?!?! 
WRONG!!!!
correct answer:Chuck Norris 



do you know who the most unmanly person is? one guess?... WRONG!!!! 

correct answer: Chuck Norris without a beard.



Here is some beard conditioner to make sure that your beard is growing just as strong and healthy as your new-found desire to have all your offspring become Spartan roririow.

Now, on to haircuts (and take note on how these guys have beards) 


Ricki Hall (UK-motorcycle mechanic, and model)



Philip Crangi (jewry designer)



Spiked hair is out wayyyy out. If your cranium could impale someone if you turn sharply, stop. Classic haircuts are back, think WWII 1940 draft. Slick and dapper. Let your hair grow out in the front a little bit, just to give it some pomp, whilst keeping the sides tight and faded. Use some firm hold pomade to keep your part straight and the hair in place. I like Aveda men's Pomade.

As far as clothes go:

Professional look- basically everything worn on the show Mad Men 



Casual- Im shooting for a lumberjack or newsie, lots of earthy muted colors, clothes that look and feel comfortable and fit well. Trash the tennis shoes and get boots that look like you have put in a hard days work.




I will leave you with pretty epic quote from the worlds (original) most interesting man, Earnest Hemingway:


The author of today's post, Frazier Dyson, is an expert colorist for Unruli Aveda Salon in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. He is responsible for keeping the right shade of blonde and providing me with loads of entertainment while I sit in his chair. -Laurie 
Here is the man himself:


Music, Food and Art in the City: Chelsea Music Festival



If you or anyone you know will be in NYC June 14-22 they must check out this "Gem of a series," according to the New York Times. The hubs and I are very excited to volunteer at some of the festival events and be a part of something very unique.

This week-long festival hosts events for everyone. There is visual art, music and fine food served up by New York City chef Sonar Saikia. I was able to meet him a week ago and he was working hard already! I'm sure the food will be fantastic. You know me...all I ever care about is the food.

Some of the events will be at the coolest venues too! Art galleries, chapels, parks...there is really something for everyone. There are kid friendly events on the 15th and the 22nd. Jazz and classical music will be featured throughout the event.

If you are in NYC do as the locals do and check out the Chelsea Music Festival.

-Alison

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tasty Tuesday: My Man's BBQ Just for You





Smokin Set-up

It’s time for some good ole’ pork shoulder! My man loves pork BBQ like no other person I know. He and his brother once took a road trip around the Carolinas (North and South) to find the best BBQ that region had to offer. They found the best in Greeneville, S.C., Henry’s Smokehouse on Wade Hampton Blvd. Their advice: make the pilgrimage, you won’t regret it! Sidenote: Fave in Nashville, Martin's BBQ for sure (they catered our rehearsal dinner); Fave in East TN, Ridgewood BBQ (He says this is the best BBQ ever).


Speaking of Martin's...Here is Pat Martin and my BBQ man at the NYC BBQ Festival sponsored by my favorite magazine, Real Simple. P.S. I love their smoked turkey and corn cakes...if you are looking for something other than pork.


While he loves to try BBQ everywhere he goes, he also loves to make his own. His perfect and adoring wife bought him a smoker for his birthday two years ago and he has loved nothing more...well, maybe his cast iron skillet his perfect and adoring wife got for him this year. He buys his meat at a local meat market near our house. He usually gets a pork shoulder (aka Boston Butt and Picnic Ham) and uses only one half at a time (usually 6-9llbs. of meat each). The rub recipe below is one that he was recommended and uses for the most part (from amazingribs.com). Sometimes he will leave out ginger, onion or rosemary powder because he doesn't have it or doesn't find it necessary.

Memphis Dust Recipe:  Yield. Makes about 3 cups. I typically use about 1 tablespoon per side of a slab of St. Louis cut ribs, and a bit less for baby backs. Store the extra in a zipper bag or a glass jar with a tight lid.
Preparation time. 10 minutes to find everything and 5 minutes to dump them together.
Ingredients3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup paprika
1/4 cup Morton's kosher salt
1/4 cup garlic powder
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons ground ginger powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 teaspoons rosemary powder


Here are his instructions or tips for a good ole’ pork sandwich.

Cooking a great BBQ pulled pork sandwich takes time. Lots of time. If you want tender, flavorful pork that falls off the bone it is going to cost you at least a full day. But it is most certainly worth it. Budget at least 10 hours to cook this beast. But don’t give up in despair just yet, once you get it going I only check it about every 30 minutes or so to make sure the temp is right and add charcoal if need be. In between, you can drink mint juleps, play with your dog, or even take a nap (not recommended).  
Here is a crash course in the basics of BBQ. I am by no means qualified to give anything else. If after reading this you want to get all advanced, I recommend you study up on Amazing Ribs.


First, get a smoker, grill, brick box, anything that will cook meat without setting your house on fire. You will need to make sure there is a small opening on the lid to allow the smoke out.


Second, divide your cooking surface in half. Place your regular charcoal on one side and leave a space for your meat on the other. you’ll want to put you meat on the side with the lid-opening so that when the smoke is drawn out it passes by the meat. (Optional: I put drip trays for the fat and juice that drips off for easier clean up.) Also put a tray of water above the coals for added moisture. And don’t forget the most essential part: wood chips!!! I like to throw a handful or two in with the charcoal to start and then keep some smoldering in a tray the rest of the day.


Third, Light charcoal, when coals are hot, place the pork on the grate. Use a good digital thermometer and cook at 225 degrees (F). As for cooking time, plan for 1.5-2 hours per pound. When your meat hits 195 degrees, it should be ready for pulling and serving.

-Alison and Byron

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Gifts for Dad

Gifts for Dad






Dad's day is right around the corner. With the hype of Man Month around us, I am drawn to more and more rustic looks. It could be partly because of living in Nashville, partly because of having a man around all the time, partly because of the raw aesthetic. I love the graphic quality of the three superhero prints, and the rest of the Etsy shop is awesome as well-perfect for a man cave! I've seen wooden watches before and think they are so cool for a man, as well as that wooden iPhone case. Personalization and monograms can be manly too. I love the TailorByrd shirts for the men in my life. The contrasts of colors and patterns are really fun and unexpected from the typical button-down. My dad loves Sanuks. For a man who could care less about fashion, that is saying a lot. He wears these shoes out. I like the contrast of the one above, but there are so many options, it's hard to pick just one. On to grilling...my dad loves to grill, especially on his Holland Grill (which he sells if you need one!) which basically can work as a second oven if you need it to. We actually have the mini guy above (the Companion) and he works just as well as any other grill. The Spice and Tea Exchange has awesome rubs and spices for just about anything. The Pirate's Bite above just screams Dad. What dad wouldn't love an awesome fold out table just for grilling? This one from Etsy has holders for grilling tools and an expansive top perfect for that little Holland Grill Companion!
Speaking of grilling, my dad shared a recipe for you to try out below!
-Laurie

Dad's Boston Butt (you want to make this for your man, trust me)

Ingredients:
Boston Butt
Dale's liquid seasoning
Seasoning salt of your choice

Marinade the meat for 6 hours with seasoning salt and Dale's covering the surface completely. Place on a grill or oven at 400 degrees. Cook 15 minutes per pound, cooking approximately 2 hours. Remove and double wrap meat in aluminum foil. Place back in the grill or oven for another 2 hours. Remove and let stand for 1 hour before enjoying. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

First Friday: Printmaker Extrodinaire Scott Steere


Love this detail

Our third installment of First Friday happens to be another fantastic male artist. Appropriate for our manly month; however I am surprised at the type of work I have shared with you all. Maybe this is a little self-discovery for myself. I am a girl who loves flowers, Victorian homes, rustic French homeware, dresses more than pants...I mean...I am a girl. But, again this month I am enjoying the somewhat raw and slightly shocking art of Mr. Scott Steere. Maybe this is good for all parties involved. Maybe all you other girly girls out there need to be shaken up a little this month. Scott is in a fantastically exciting position in his career; after a bit of wandering he has found a place he wants to live in the art world and is creating work that even the girliest of girls can enjoy. 

Have fun learning a little more about Mr. Steere and his art. Check out his website too! He has a pretty sweet logo. You must check it out. 





AM: From the looks of your website it seems as though you can just about do it all...is there a particular medium or process you enjoy most?
SS: I have a background in both fine art and graphic design, and for the last year I have been trying to combine those two processes in my art. To that end I am using a variety of techniques like screen printing, woodcut, intaglio and cut paper. I guess I like having the freedom to use whatever feels natural.

 


AM: I know you are a big fan of Hatch Show Print...the iconic letterpress company...is that something you want to do more of one day?
SS: Letterpress has been an obsession of mine ever since the first time I visited Hatch. Letterpress for me is at this unique intersection of history and visual communication. It was at Hatch that I realized design could still be executed by hand rather than solely on a computer, which freed me from sitting behind a computer to create. That realization was really the start to combining my skills as a digital designer with my passion for printmaking. I would love to work exclusively with letterpress some day. Owning a letterpress design shop is my dream job. If I could make a career of designing posters with hundred year old typefaces and original woodcut artwork I would die a happy man. Right now though I am focusing on developing as a screen printer.

AM: Does your work start with graphic design on a computer or hand-drawn sketches?
SS: It depends on the project. Sometimes I get an idea or concept as a glimpse and have to sketch it or write it down. Other times my process is more linear, starting with a shape or a word and morphing it through dozens of steps into something I like. In those cases I work much more quickly and spontaneously in programs like Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, where I can experiment and drastically change a design without losing previous versions. Often it’s a mix of starting an idea on paper and moving it to my computer, or doing layout digitally and projecting it onto a surface to use as a guide.


AM: Your work seems to be very symmetrical, clean and sometimes involves a pattern...Where does your inspiration come from?
SS: Clean? I get a kick out of that… clean does not come naturally to me. When I was in design school I was constantly butting heads with professors over my gritty aesthetic. I think that over time I have been able to adapt my style to the project or piece. Some of my screen prints like the Dozen Cosmonauts or the Trash Flag are grungy — when you repeatedly use a screen like I did with those pieces, ink builds up in the screen and the image prints differently each time or smudges or bleeds. In those kinds of pieces I welcome those unique marks. Other projects, like the golden frame housing a self-portrait silhouette, require a level of precision and cleanliness of presentation.
I draw inspiration from all over the place. I read a lot of fiction and history, spend far too much time exploring design blogs, and also find inspiration in mundane and prosaic objects. Comic books, album art, WPA era posters, art history, religion, and anything I read or watch or hear also influence me. I took a fantastic class on art since 1945 that influenced a lot of what I have been producing lately. For example, Mark Rothko created these intense paintings of floating clouds of color. He did a black on black series that literally just looks like a blank black canvas. I was drawn to those because of the opportunity it presents for an artist to interact with the viewer. Get up close to the painting. Look at it from a different angle or in a different light. You’ll notice variations and complexities that you hadn't previously seen. With that in mind I started making white on white prints. From a distance it just looks like a blank sheet, but the closer you get and the longer you look at it the image appears. I think that’s an idea I’d like to explore more in the future. I became interested in silhouettes because of the work of Kara Walker, also from that class. After writing a paper on the prevalence and multifaceted interpretations of the Confederate battle flag in the South I created a series of flags out of collected trash.

AM: Do you feel like your southern roots have any influence on the type work you produce?

SS: I definitely feel that my identity as a Southerner has a strong influence on my work. I don’t thematically address Southern culture or identity, but I think like a Southerner and am drawn to certain things based on the way in which I was raised or a particular look I find appealing. I think that right now the South is an exciting place to be — there is a Renaissance happening here. People are expanding their view of the world, and art and music scenes are exploding as a result. I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

AM: Whose work are you into right now?

SS: You mentioned Hatch Show Print… I also follow the work of Old Try letterpress in Boston, Last Leaf Printing in Pueblo Colorado, and The Heads of State screen printing out of Philadelphia.


-Alison 







Scott Steere lives in Asheville North Carolina with his wife Kinsey and two dogs Stonewall and Penny. When not creating or following English football, he collects vinyl records and takes his vintage motorcycle up on the Blue Ridge Parkway. He also enjoys thrifting, spaghetti westerns, and board games.


 

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