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Wintering

Life has been simultaneously slowing down and speeding up at Hillview Farm. My winter semester has begun and on the days I don’t have class, I’m at work. Three weeks into this new schedule and my brains already feel like mush.

In an effort to combat the insanity that is life outside of the home, I’ve been simplifying, minimizing, and just generally clearing out the house. I’m pretty inspired by all of the work going on over at The Minimalists, and while I’m not certain I’d consider myself a minimalist, those lifestyle tendencies are certainly resonating with me right now.

As an artist and a maker, I find myself struggling with this desire to be able to make all of the things and when my creations aren’t up to par with my imaginings, I’m disappointed. I’m certain part of this disappointment is rooted in a desire to diversify the products Fawn Relic has to offer, but more and more I’m realizing that I don’t have to do and offer it all. I’m slowly learning to let myself off the hook in this department and it’s a relief.

The past several weeks in Michigan (and many other areas of the northern hemisphere) have been greeted by the “Arctic Blast” (which reminds me of the name of an Icee drink) and most of humanity in the affected region has hunkered down. It’s a time for warm blankets, steaming cups of that most delicious of beverages (tea, of course), and definitely some knitting. While the snowy conditions have made travel difficult and the gusty wind is doing nothing good for the complexion, I have to admit that I rather enjoy this winter storm. It’s forcing me to stop and just be. And that’s something I can get behind.

Ducks All In a Row

I know I’ve been pretty absent from Tumblr and Etsy (as well as my other social media outlets) as of late, but it has all been for a good cause! I have been preparing to return to school to finish my bachelors degree and I’m so very excited. Tomorrow I begin the first of my four remaining semesters of my art history/painting degree. I will have my first-ever chemistry class, that I am much looking forward to. It will be so refreshing to learn something new.

After I complete my bachelors degree, the plan is to continue on to a masters program in art conservation. There is a great deal of hard work ahead of me and I couldn’t be more pleased.

Unfortunately, I expect school to cut into my Fawn Relic shop time. I intend to continue with my shop, but in more of a hobby capacity. I love making beautiful, functional goods and will continue the Fawn Relic line in small and limited batches.

In the spirit of the new year I’ve decided to make a few resolutions:
1. Learn to play an instrument (I was thinking something exotic, like the mandolin).
2. Develop the perfect oatmeal recipe.
3. Keep an art journal.
4. Learn to speak French.

I’ve already started in on two of these resolutions. I’ve downloaded the MindSnacks French iPhone app and have started my first few French lessons.

I’ve also started an art journal. I’m already behind on it, but as soon as I procure a new glue stick, I should be back in the game!

Happy 2013, friends!

The Autumnus/Hiems 2012 line is finally up!
This new line is all about scaling back and finding beauty in what is simple. You will find lots of basics that go with almost any outfit and an aesthetic that is both pleasing and functional. Again, I’ve drawn inspiration from traditional designs and garments as well as a personal desire to create some neutral, basic pieces that can be paired with all sorts of styles.
So, without further ado, please visit the shop to see all of the new merchandise.

The Autumnus/Hiems 2012 line is finally up!

This new line is all about scaling back and finding beauty in what is simple. You will find lots of basics that go with almost any outfit and an aesthetic that is both pleasing and functional. Again, I’ve drawn inspiration from traditional designs and garments as well as a personal desire to create some neutral, basic pieces that can be paired with all sorts of styles.

So, without further ado, please visit the shop to see all of the new merchandise.

Prototype

I’ve had plans for leather pouches drawn up and waiting in several of my sketchbooks for some months now. This is the first prototype and I’m pretty excited about it! I’ll have to carry it around for a few weeks to see how I like it, but I think it’s going to be a winner.

This particular pouch is made of ebony pigskin and hand-stamped with a block print stamp from India using leather-specific white ink.