New Studio Space!

My jewelry design project, REfused Designs Studios, has a new home! Here is a picture of the set-up at the new studio space off of Northloop. Its about 400 square feet, wood floors, and one wall is covered in a mirror. The space was used previously as a dance studio where they taught bellydance, pilates, and yoga. I’m sharing the space with painter Pat Taylor. We might be in the West Austin Studio Tour this year. From what I hear it’s the Spring version of the East Austin Studio Tour and it basically encompasses the rest of Austin. I’ll probably use the space for larger fabric sculpture, puppet making, and perhaps some filming. I’ve had an idea for a film project that I really want to do.

Leah Edwards Album Cover

Taking a break from the fused glass posts, friend and musician, Leah Edwards has commissioned me to design her album cover. Originally from Texas, I met her in Austin while we were both interns for the Downtown Austin Alliance, doing P.R. and street teaming for their 4th season of PBS/KLRU TV show “DOWNTOWN”. We were thrown into a room together to bundle up thousands of postcards for promotions, and instantly hit it off. Now she resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is attending grad school and pursuing her musical career.

Her music is best described as Folk/Americana. I did a couple of designs for her and this seems to be the one we are going forward with:

I designed a similar font, but she ended up going with one designed by another friend of hers. I need to get their name to give them credit. This design is based on a well-known Lewis Carroll illustration of Alice.

Here is a poster design I did for Leah a few years back for her to promote her shows:

I keep saying that Leah is going to be the next Regina Spektor. She is one of the most kind-hearted people I know and she puts her all into her music. I only have tons of love for this wondrous lady.

Check her out at: http://www.myspace.com/leahmarieedwards

I think there is a video of us singing in her car while running errands for our internship. Fun times…

Sundown T-shirt Design

Sundown is a Columbus-based, psych-folk-rock band that is comprised of my brother, Dustin White, T. K. Webb, Vug Arakas, and Chris Pierce. They will be in Austin for SXSW this year. Dusty asked me to draw up a design for their shirts. He gave me a few references and here’s what I came up with:

She’s 50% Farrah Fawcett, 25% Ralph Bakshi, 15% pin-up, and 10% Sailor Jerry tattoo.