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.
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.
My husband, Jackson Emmer, wrote this melancholy song about trying to "make it." We recorded it not long after the 2016 election, so it's extra full of desperation and sadness. Here's a song for all you creative, passionate folks out there trying to make a living and create art at the same time.
Grant writes for his neighborhood's newsletter, with monthly tips for training your dog. We met at a nearby park to capture some images of Grant and his gorgeous Bernese Mountain Dog, Molly, to feature in his column.
I met Krista Shows at a songwriting competition in Asheville, North Carolina. Krista is a long limbed beauty from Mississippi, and proud. Her songs are soulful, moving, and authentic. She's a natural songwriter and her music is raw and unapologetic. This is not your mama's gospel.
Krista Shows is a charismatic Asheville-based songwriter. Originally from Mississippi, her songs are deeply personal and evocative. Enjoy this original music, and her righteous voice. Audio by Jackson Emmer.
Melissa Weiss makes beautiful pottery. I recently purchased a stunning bowl, and I don't want to eat out of anything else. I had such a great time touring her Asheville studio, and learning about the construction behind my new bowl! Melissa makes many of her plates and bowls by laying clay slabs over a form. These forms are based on cherished vessels (clay, wood, metal, or otherwise) and are painstakingly molded, tested, and perfected. Once the clay has taken shape, Melissa dips them in a white slip and bisques them. Finally, they are glazed and high fired into unique and striking pieces.
Last Friday I went to the studio of Asheville potter, Melissa Weiss. I fell in love with her black and white functional ceramics a few weeks ago when I saw them on Instagram and then again in person at West Asheville's Villagers on Haywood.
As part of an Instagram takeover for Villagers, I've embarked on a project to document the work that goes into some of my favorite local crafts. Here's a selection of Melissa working on the wheel.
Have I mentioned that my friend Brittany Ann is brilliant? No need to take my word for it. Check out this rad and hilarious song she wrote. We filmed this performance on a Saturday morning in my living room. Jackson Emmer nailed the audio recording.
We're not procrastinators, I swear. I mean, we submitted this video a full TWELVE HOURS before it was due. See? So, cross your fingers that NPR, Bob Boilen, and Tiny Desk think that Jackson Emmer is as awesome as I do.
This weekend Jackson and I helped our friend Brittany Ann record some new music. Brittany is a killer songwriter with a stunning voice - we were so happy to work with her! Check out her original song, "Sarah."
Ashley is an Asheville-based photographer and last week we met up for a quick photography field trip in the River Arts District. The RAD is an evolving part of the community with a vibrant "main street" featuring galleries and studios but also a lot of undeveloped and abandoned spaces. We explored with our cameras enjoying the many textures of this creative neighborhood. I was in a "portrait" mood so had a great time getting Ashley in front of the camera. I especially like the contrast of the first portrait, taken through a dried shrub, with the crisper and more colorful portraits from the graffiti yard.
I'm lucky to be dating a super creative, oddball man. He's a musician, a songwriter, an artist, and a whole lot more. I love when our forms of expression cross over and we get to collaborate, especially on spontaneous and casual video shoots like this one. All the audio was from my DSLR and, as you can see, the apartment was in its natural state of disarray. Enjoy Jackson Emmer's original song "Well Intentioned Stalker Blues."
Jackson Emmer: Songwriting, vocals, guitar
Mike Facey: guitar
As a new transplant to Asheville, I've reached out to a handful of photographers in an effort to network with other local creatives. I found Hugo, a passionate photographer who specializes in landscape images (check him out here), on the West Asheville Exchange and we meet periodically with another photographer to talk shop and brainstorm. Last week we went on a photography field trip and these are a few portraits I snapped of him that day.
Well, my best friend is a knitter. And you know, I'm a knitter too. We like to get together and eat fresh crusty bread with soft buttery cheese, sip Colorado whiskey, and try not to drop a stitch. We knit. We purl. We frog. We Rav.
Do you pore over finished objects in Ravelry before choosing your materials to ensure your sweater/hat/cowl will have the perfect gauge/halo/drape? Do you spend hundreds of dollars on Shibui yarn? Woolfolk? Mad-tosh? Malabrigo? Spend hours and hours knitting an incredible garment? And then do you share that piece of craftwork with the world by quickly snapping a few phone pics? Feature your garment the way it deserves to be! In just a one hour shoot we can capture at least ten finished objects, styled, and out in the world. Contact me for pricing or questions.
Jeremiah was one of the first people I met when I moved to Asheville. An understated and humble guy, he introduced himself at a local songwriting event, after playing an emotional set of songs. Many of the folks I've met here are transplants like myself, but Jeremiah grew up in Swannanoa, just outside the city. When he chose the beautiful Bear Wallow Mountain for our photo shoot, I was thrilled, to not only photograph in a stunning new place, but for the chance to explore with a local. Jeremiah is in the midst of recording an album, so keep an ear out when it comes out this spring!