Nashville by Olivia Siegel

One of the perks of living in Asheville, North Carolina, is being able to hop over to Nashville, Tennessee in just a few hours. My husband and I have been a handful of times in the last two years, and I wanted to compile a list of my favorite Nash-vegas stuff.

  • Fox House Nashville - This charming treehouse is an AirBnB in East Nashville. It's a rustic place with a bit of a walk to the bathroom, but it's also a charming respite from the hubbub of downtown.
  • Craft South - This is a crafter's paradise! Amazing modern fabrics, a small selection of yarn for knitting or weaving, and lots o' notions.
  • Gift Horse - A cute little gift shop with colorful note cards, pins, household decor, and more. A browser's dream.
  • Mas Tacos - What can I say? I am a total sucker for deep fried avocado on my tacos.
  • Barista Parlor - Great food and coffee. I would describe the ambiance as... "Millenial." You'll love it or hate it, either way it's an experience.
  • Rolf & Daughters - The food is amazing. Make a reservation. Eat. All. The. Things.
  • Pinewood Social - A great place to eat food, get a drink, relax in a big couch, work remotely, or bowl in a vintage restored alley.
  • Roberts - Great, live, honky tonk. Need I say more? Favorite spot on the "strip."
  • FLWR - Impeccable aesthetic flower shop. Houseplants, flower arrangements, all in a restored home in East Nashville.
  • Carter Vintage Guitars - My husband loves it. That's all.

Alchemy Pottery by Olivia Siegel

I was lucky enough to work while on the road with my husband who is a traveling musician. We spent some time in Putney, Vermont, near Bennington, where he went to college. I got to spend the morning with a beautiful potter, on her property, in her gorgeous (and handbuilt) studio. It was such a grounding experience, after a week on the road, to be still with her in her bright and creative space. Thanks, Fiona Morehouse!

Don't Leave Me Blue by Olivia Siegel

My husband, Jackson Emmer, recently wrote this charming song "Don't Leave Me Blue." We recorded this video in our living room one morning with new pals Amy Alvey and Mark Kilianski from the band Hoot and Holler. Give it a listen if you like original music, charming harmonies, and sick guitar solos.

The Bright Angle by Olivia Siegel

When The Bright Angle reached out to me I gave a little, "Yip!" I'd been following their pottery on Instagram for a while, since I had stumbled upon it from their connection to the Democratic Cup. They hired me to do a lifestyle photo shoot of their first pottery collection, being released this summer. The Bright Angle is a design collective of Asheville artists that work out of a bright and generous space at the Asheville Area Art Council's Refinery building. Each member of the team helped design one or more of the pieces in the collection. What's unique about their process is that they have truly embraced the nexus of new technology and the handmade. They tested and perfected their shapes by using a 3-d printer to get a real life sense of the proportions and shapes. Once perfected, they made molds, and slip cast the pieces out of porcelain. Their Kickstarter campaign is live now, and more than halfway funded! Check it out for great deals on their mugs, vases, planters, espresso sets, pourovers, bottles, ring dishes, memento boxes, and more. And, for beautiful images and even a few giveaways, follow them on Instagram. For this shoot I was lucky enough to collaborate with Morgan Fender of Bomisch, a beautifully curated collection of homewares.

Swannanoa Tee by Olivia Siegel

I love knitting and yarn and fiber in general, so whenever a fiber artist reaches out to me I totally geek out. Queue Suzanne Wadsworth, a burgeoning knitting pattern designer here in Asheville, North Carolina. Suzanne has a romantic aesthetic so we shot her new pattern next to the lovely Swannanoa River near Warren Wilson college. The river and the rolling green landscape made the perfect backdrop for her summer weight linen tee. Knitters, check out the pattern on Ravelry!

Stonecutter Collection by Olivia Siegel

Christina and I met over Instagram of all places! We connected over knitting and a shared love for beautiful, simple things. I'm proud to call her my friend and also my client, and every photoshoot we do together is so fun. I always know she'll have styled all her garments perfectly, and she's a natural in front of the camera. She recently published a 4-piece spring collection of knitting patterns called The Stonecutter Collection. The collection features colorwork socks, a lacework shawl, a gorgeous linen tunic, and a cotton cardigan. We photographed all the pieces one evening at Graveyard Fields and I am so thrilled to share some of my favorite images with you. 

Waterrock Vest by Olivia Siegel

Photographing for Appalachian Knits, a regional knitwear design collective, is always so much fun. In January we shot a collection designed by Jennifer Sadler and Christina Danaee using regionally dyed yarn from Fern Fiber, another Asheville business. Since the patterns were intended for a spring release, but we had to shoot in January, we partnered with local flower shop, Flora in West Asheville. This Haywood Road shop is a charming store featuring vibrant green plants, adorable planters, fresh cut flowers, and sweet gifts. We shot Jennifer's Waterrock Vest on local model, Abby Jay, as a layer and as a stand alone top. Check it out, and for pattern details, visit Ravelry.

Spoon Carving by Olivia Siegel

One of my favorite shops in West Asheville is an "urban homesteading supply store" called Villagers. Last year I took a spoon carving workshop there and it was AWESOME. It was so satisfying to take a blade to damp, aromatic wood. I also had the pleasure of meeting Nate Chambers, one of the instructors. Nate is a philosopher and woodcarver operating under the handle, Chambers Woodcraft. We documented a little spoon carving at his shop. Check it out!

Richland Mitts by Olivia Siegel

Jennifer Sadler of JayKay Knits is co-founder of Appalachian Knits. We collaborated on a shoot featuring one of her original knitwear designs that refers to historical Cherokee Indian basket patterning from the Appalachian mountain region. The Richland Mitts were designed around regionally grown wool from Mars Hill, North Carolina's Bovidae Farm.

Braddock Beanie by Olivia Siegel

This is NOT your grandma's knitting! I've been working regularly with Appalachian Knits and knitwear designer Christina Danaee. I adore Christina's aesthetic and when we get together to shoot it feels like a party! Christina designed this gorgeous Braddock beanie pattern using Magpie Fibers, a squishy and vibrant regional yarn. We shot on location at Asheville Glamping in their beautiful dome and had a blast. Our lovely model is the talented Abby Jay. Hurray for girl bosses, fiber, knitting, glamping, and photography!

Devereux Violins by Olivia Siegel

A couple of days ago I photographed Jack Devereux in his Asheville shop, handcrafting made to order violins. Jack started playing violin at age three, and graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a BA in violin performance. He apprenticed for three years with violin builder Jonathan Cooper and founded his own shop in 2015. In a busy year, when his touring schedule allows, Jack can make 10-12 violins, meticulously sawing, carving, scraping, and measuring until the wood is just the right shape and thickness to resonate and create beautiful music. I feel so lucky to live in a community rich with handmade culture, and I am so inspired by all the creative entrepreneurs in this city, working hard at their craft and carrying on traditional skills. 

Roan Sweater by Olivia Siegel

This shoot brought together some of my favorite things: girl bosses, knitting, farms, and photography. I met knitwear designer, Christina Danaee, on Instagram of all places! We connected over our shared love for knitting and all things handmade and began scheming ways we could work together. Christina, along with another Asheville knitwear designer, Jennifer Sadler, founded Appalachian Knits to celebrate the region's rich knitting history with original patterns featuring regional fiber farms. This shoot captured Christina's Roan sweater made from Bovidae Farm wool, at Bovidae Farm in Mars Hill, North Carolina. It's such a joy working with other creative entrepreneurs!

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Julia Claire's Clay by Olivia Siegel

One of my favorite things about living in Asheville, North Carolina, is the vibrant craft community. I've been loving the East West Pop Up Shop because it happens right in my neighborhood of West Asheville, and features a curated collection of some of the region's best artisan hand mades. I met Julia of Julia Claire's Clay at one of these shows and was drawn to her bright geometric pottery and jewelry. We got to chatting, had a nice time, and eventually decided to work together! It's been really fun capturing her work in action and providing lifestyle and detail shots to support her brand, her social media presence, and her Etsy store.

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Villagers by Olivia Siegel

I met Natalie, the owner of West Asheville's Villagers, and was immediately struck by her mellow vibe and natural aesthetic. Villagers is an "urban homestead supply store" chock full of canning supplies, gardening tools, fermenting crocks, kitchen objects, and locally made crafts. I did an Instagram takeover of her feed and focused on local makers whose work is featured in her store.

Melissa Weiss Pottery

Melissa Weiss Pottery

Chambers Wood Craft

Chambers Wood Craft

Nocik

Nocik

East Fork Pottery

East Fork Pottery

Farmer's Hands by Olivia Siegel

This shoot combined some of my very favorite things. Charming historic renovations. Local farmers. And delicious homecooked meals served on handmade ceramics. Thanks to the awesome Chef, Sebastiaan Zijp, of The Farmer's Hands in Madison County, North Carolina. I can't wait to visit (eat there) again! Shot on assignment for Plough to Pantry.

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Napa by Olivia Siegel

Just a little travel log from a quick weekend in Napa. I went out there for a bachelorette for my best friend from high school. We toured wineries, ate delicious food, and drove the hills of the Napa Valley.

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Iron & Ash by Olivia Siegel

I met Brandon Skupski at a mutual friend's house. A group of us had assembled for an afternoon of spoon carving and I ran into Brandon when I noticed he dropped a few business cards from his pocket. I picked one up and it was made from the thinnest piece of wood I had ever seen! From his business card, to his logo, to his stunning custom furniture, Brandon's aesthetic is ON POINT. I was thrilled to shoot him at work in his shop for an article on him in the Ledbury mensware catalog.