Made in Austin, Part Four...

Final "Made in Austin" feature post, everybody! We wrapped up our week by heading over to Matthew John Winters' house to watch him make the elements of a custom "Made in Austin" piece. Outside of making this awesome artwork for us, Matt is a local artist who has created pieces for Yellow Jacket Social Club, Car2Go and many others. He also works full time as the Preparator at The Contemporary Austin

We spent time with him as he sawed and sanded wooden letters in his backyard with his dog, Ernie. 

Hi Ernie!

Hi Ernie!

Matthew John Winters and his trusty assistant, Ernie, hang out after sanding letters

Matthew John Winters and his trusty assistant, Ernie, hang out after sanding letters

Just a couple of days later, Matt brought the sign over to my studio so we could document the finished product -- which now has a home in the Tribeza office.

Thanks to everyone at Tribeza, especially Katie Friel, for making this feature happen and for having me along for the ride!

Made in Austin, Part One…

Last month, I had the pleasure of working with Tribeza’s new Editor, Katie Friel, on putting together this year’s “Made in Austin” feature for their August Makers Issue. And now it’s August, so I can show you what we’ve been working on! 

We visited several people and places here in Austin, to photograph a coming together of skills and talents that make Austin the city it is today. I’ll be rolling out each of these locations this week with photos from the feature, as well as some fun outtakes…I. Like. Outtakes. **

First up — Juliet, which took over the old Romeo’s location on Barton Springs (see what they did there?). 

Sign design by  Helms Workshop

Sign design by Helms Workshop

We were lucky enough to get in there on the afternoon of their opening day, just a couple of hours before service began. Floors were being cleaned, final curb appeal touches made. Funny note — We noticed that we were talking really quietly, as if using normal speaking voices would mess the place up. We met with designer, Joel Mozersky (Joel Mozersky Design), and he showed us around some of his favorite parts of the interior. I loved the “screens” (pictured below on the left part of the frame), which were salvaged from a 1960’s Bank of America and repurposed for the restaurant. For the photo below, we gathered Joel, Chef Jacob Weaver and Pastry Chef Carly Rossmeissl in a lounge area next to the bar. Probably Jacob and Carly’s last chance to sit down for the rest of the night. 

From left, Pasty Chef Carly Rossmeissl, Chef Jacob Weaver and Designer Joel Mozersky

From left, Pasty Chef Carly Rossmeissl, Chef Jacob Weaver and Designer Joel Mozersky

Amazing bar!

Amazing bar!

Venturing outside, we stepped onto the spacious patio with landscape design by Mark Word (you may know his work from the exteriors of Hotel Saint Cecilia and Hotel San Jose). 

To see the final magazine layout, check out the tearsheets (here and here), with lovely illustrations by Tribeza Art Director, Ashley Horsley. More to come this week, covering the rest of the feature!

** Did I mention I like outtakes? Here's Editor, Katie Friel, doing an A+ stand-in job!