I’m an East Coast girl with a growing lust for Austin, due in no small part to the incredible discoveries and adventures of Mirgun Akyavas, photographer extraordinaire. Austinspace takes you on a troll through the back roads, eating and drinking establishments, street art, and music scene of this colorful blue sky town.
Whilst in Austin the other weekend, I spent a couple of nights at a beautifully designed hotel called the Kimber Modern, which is located in the happening SOCO area, just a short hop, skip and sideways roll to the bustling hive of restaurants and cafes along South Congress. The Kimber Modern is a hotel with a twist. First up, the architecture is stunning, this elegant and contemporary building with subtle splashes of color to break up the overall white-walled minimalism. And then there are the clever design touches, such as communal hammocks made from car belts, and a giant tank churning liters of water in a calming, almost Zen-like manner. [photos by Alison Zavos]
Austin’s Mondo is described via their Facebook page as follows: ‘If we have to explain what we are, you wouldn’t understand’. Which I guess is true in many ways, but the bottom line is they showcase numerous artistic renditions of movie posters, which span everything from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Duck Dodgers and the 24 1/2th Century, and everything in-between. Apparently the posters sell out within minutes, and sometimes even seconds, but you can still check out the archive and eventually pick up your jaw from the ground after viewing all of the awesome work that has beed done.
I moved to Austin in August 2011 and randomly came across this long-established radio show during a flick across the dials whilst driving the ever-jammed I35 one day. Joy! These guys are about the best thing I’ve heard on radio (yes, and that includes you, Mr Stern). Their brilliantly scattered, sometimes bitter, always amusing banter […]
The American South’s hippest city — Austin, Texas — got a little bit cooler last year with the opening of Uchiko, a contemporary Japanese restaurant that serves up innovative and sustainable food in a warm farmhouse setting.
Man, Texas gets a bad wrap. What with Austin being the new hipster hangout, and Dallas attracting all the young Republicans, you’d think the State would cut a break. But no. These dolls are downright nasty. Fun, though, right?
Whilst staying at the Kimber Modern in Austin, Texas, recently, I came across these awesome hammocks made from car selt belts designed by Ting London, which they had hanging in the communual space at the hotel. I checked in with Kimber, the owner of the Kimber Modern, and asked her how important the small design touches are at the hotel and how she keeps abreast of what’s out there that might work well? ‘The small design touches are crucial. It’s what sets us apart from so many other small hotels. Every item, no matter how minor is thoroughly researched to make sure it works for the hotel. I feel that it’s the every day items, like cork screws, salt shakers, pot holders etc. should be little works of art. So much thought goes into those small details or design touches. I search on line for unique exceptional items. I also get a bunch of catalogues and design/architecture magazines’. [Photo by Alison Zavos]
Davis Ayer is a photographer based in Austin Texas whose Tumblr grabbed my attention. The saturated colours, and soft textures of hair and flowers make for very pretty images. I especially love his Politives and his use of hair flicks and double exposures to create a sense of movement.
Art director Katie Johnson began the “Monster Project” back in 2010 to help develop children’s creativity and imagination. She asked students from a second grade class in Faubion Elementary in Austin, Texas to draw monsters. She then created illustrations of the kids’ monsters and gave it back to them. The original versions, alongside the new […]
I met Christine Wu personally last summer in Copenhagen, Denmark. We took a Scandinavian Furniture class together and we’ve been friends ever since. She just graduated from her BFA Design degree in Austin, Texas, and now she’s a furniture maker and designer in New York City. She is still pretty new to the furniture-marking world, but her skill is exquisite. This Mesquite chair has a beautiful live edge which goes along well with the whole design. The chair is very crisp and functional.
I actually saw Bernie at a screening in Austin, Texas, which is where the director of the film, Richard Linklater (Dazed and Confused; School of Rock), resides. Bernie is a brilliant bittersweet comedy, based on a true story (remarkable though that may seem) and starring the incomparable Jack Black, alongside a strong cast of exceptional character actors, including Shirley MacLaine. [If you're an Australian-based reader, you can win screening passes and DVDs for Bernie. See here for more details]
I’m a self-taught artist and illustrator kicking it in lovely Austin, Texas. I didn’t start drawing until I was 21, but now I happily spend the majority of my days with my dear micron pens.
I’m a self taught artist out of Austin, Texas. My Haunted Ground series touches on addiction and destructive self behavior that we all can relate to in one way or the other. But it’s our job to turn our ugly side into something beautiful, such as in the case of my subjects. Johnny Cash’s addictions were well known, as were Edgar Allan Poe’s. But through their addictions, they wrote and cultivated it into something haunting and splendid and that have truly stood the test of time.
Montgomery, Texas-based artist, Paul Meyer contributed a painting for the recent ART from the Ashes Lost Pines Recovery benefit exhibition in Austin. The work, Mutable Maintenance, became one of the focal pieces of the show. His work is at once textural, sculptural and gloriously subtle. Look once at a piece and it may appear to be a landscape of texture and shape; look closer, and characters and stories emerge.
I came across the British record label Finders Keepers within a little music shop in Austin, Texas, of all places. Browsing through the CD shelves looking for a good mix to help fuel my road-trip back to California, I spotted a spooked-out psychedelic jazz score to a 70s Czech horror film. It was so random and so strange that I knew that I had to have it.