THE S+B COMMUNITY

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DESIGNERS + COLLABORATORS + INSTRUCTORS

We're so lucky to have a talented group of folks stocking our shelves, teaching our classes, and producing our monthly rotating exhibitions, and we want you to know as much about them as possible. Get to know them below, and stay tuned for updates about their work!

 

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RYAN-ASHLEY ANDERSON

Smart + Becker

Ryan-Ashley moves her hands at inappropriate times, speaks without thinking, and often misses the joke, but she's a straight shooter and her heart is 100% in building the maker community in Knoxville and throughout the country. Her work has been described as, "Playful, yet restrained," and consists of two main bodies of work -- the peyote stitch collection, and the OOAK Drift collection. She's inspired by patterns, architecture, and  unexpected color combination, and compelled by reason, order, and a slightly unhealthy obsession with beadwork. She recently left her career as a copywriter to pursue a long-held dream of supporting herself and other artists by opening a gallery / makerspace, and she hopes you'll come along for the ride. Follow Smart + Becker HERE. 

Ryan-Ashley moves her hands at inappropriate times, speaks without thinking, and often misses the joke, but she's a straight shooter and her heart is 100% in building the maker community in Knoxville and throughout the country.

Her work has been described as, "Playful, yet restrained," and consists of two main bodies of work -- the peyote stitch collection, and the OOAK Drift collection.

She's inspired by patterns, architecture, and  unexpected color combination, and compelled by reason, order, and a slightly unhealthy obsession with beadwork.

She recently left her career as a copywriter to pursue a long-held dream of supporting herself and other artists by opening a gallery / makerspace, and she hopes you'll come along for the ride.

Follow Smart + Becker HERE

 

GRACE ENGEL

Phlox

Grace Engel -- textile artist, painter, illustrator, community builder -- is mostly a self-taught artist born and raised in the midwest, who now calls Asheville home-base. Her work focuses on the body from a female perspective, and she draws inspiration from her peers, her work in the mental health field, and her life experience of sensitivity and vulnerability.  Grace's work explores difficult issues surrounding gender, identity, and sexuality, and comments on the particularly female experience of living life in "the gaze." She's S+B's March exhibitor, and she'll be teaching both a Knot-Sampler Wall-hanging Workshop as well as a botanical watercolor study. Follow her HERE in the meantime!

Grace Engel -- textile artist, painter, illustrator, community builder -- is mostly a self-taught artist born and raised in the midwest, who now calls Asheville home-base.

Her work focuses on the body from a female perspective, and she draws inspiration from her peers, her work in the mental health field, and her life experience of sensitivity and vulnerability. 

Grace's work explores difficult issues surrounding gender, identity, and sexuality, and comments on the particularly female experience of living life in "the gaze."

She's S+B's March exhibitor, and she'll be teaching both a Knot-Sampler Wall-hanging Workshop as well as a botanical watercolor study. Follow her HERE in the meantime!

 

BROOKE HEUTS

Grey Goods Studio

Brooke Heuts is our very first exhibitor and we are incredibly grateful to be able to host her finely crafted and carefully curated textiles for our First Friday exhibition as well as in the retail space long-term. She's the artist, textile designer, and all around aesthetic genius behind Grey Goods Studio. All the color fast textiles are produced on-demand in North Carolina, and all pillow inserts are cruelty-free.  Additionally, because Grey Goods produces everything with sustainability in mind, even their packaging supplies are eco-friendly... down to the compostable packaging tape :) Brooke has been making art and working with textiles since the late 1990’s and received her BAD from NCSU’s College of Art + Design & her MFA in Fibers from ASU.  As a fine artist, her work examines the need for cloth, the substantial labor required in its making and most importantly, the resulting infinite bonds formed and shared by families and communities and you can often see her work at Light Art + Design in Chapel Hill, NC.  When not making, Brooke can be found cuddling Finnegan the coonhound & probably pruning tomato plants in the backyard garden. Follow her work HERE. 

Brooke Heuts is our very first exhibitor and we are incredibly grateful to be able to host her finely crafted and carefully curated textiles for our First Friday exhibition as well as in the retail space long-term.

She's the artist, textile designer, and all around aesthetic genius behind Grey Goods Studio. All the color fast textiles are produced on-demand in North Carolina, and all pillow inserts are cruelty-free. 

Additionally, because Grey Goods produces everything with sustainability in mind, even their packaging supplies are eco-friendly... down to the compostable packaging tape :)

Brooke has been making art and working with textiles since the late 1990’s and received her BAD from NCSU’s College of Art + Design & her MFA in Fibers from ASU.  As a fine artist, her work examines the need for cloth, the substantial labor required in its making and most importantly, the resulting infinite bonds formed and shared by families and communities and you can often see her work at Light Art + Design in Chapel Hill, NC. 

When not making, Brooke can be found cuddling Finnegan the coonhound & probably pruning tomato plants in the backyard garden.

Follow her work HERE

HOPE BRASFIELD

Hopebroidery

Hope Brasfield's passion for embroidery is infectious, and positively supportive makers-heart is, well, heart-warming. If you're into flat-lays, how-to videos, and subscription kits, HOPEBROIDERY is definitely the ticket, and we're super stoked to have her on the team to teach monthly workshops ranging from stitch samplers to more extensive projects!  If you don't already love embroidery, you will in no time. Hope makes it easy and oh-so-fun! Find her upcoming workshop HERE.

Hope Brasfield's passion for embroidery is infectious, and positively supportive makers-heart is, well, heart-warming.

If you're into flat-lays, how-to videos, and subscription kits, HOPEBROIDERY is definitely the ticket, and we're super stoked to have her on the team to teach monthly workshops ranging from stitch samplers to more extensive projects! 

If you don't already love embroidery, you will in no time. Hope makes it easy and oh-so-fun!

Find her upcoming workshop HERE.

 

ANNA CHAMBERS-GOLDBERG

ACG

All pieces in this collection are made by hand in Minneapolis, MN. Materials are chosen for their superb texture and quality, and are sometimes up-cycled or vintage. This results in high-quality, very limited editions, including one-of-a-kind pieces. We believe this adds originality and integrity to the designs.  ACG is committed to the future of ethical fashion. They keep their waste to an absolute minimum, sourcing fabrics as carefully as possible and saving our fabric scraps to be woven into usable textiles. Some materials are hand-dyed, hand-woven, or hand-printed. These pieces show off the beautiful variations inherent in hand-made processes. When possible the dyes are sourced from environmentally-friendly suppliers. Although everything is done by hand, which can take a lot of time, they try to keep the prices out of the sky. They price everything as low as possible to keep their business going while attempting to please customers from all walks of life.

All pieces in this collection are made by hand in Minneapolis, MN. Materials are chosen for their superb texture and quality, and are sometimes up-cycled or vintage. This results in high-quality, very limited editions, including one-of-a-kind pieces. We believe this adds originality and integrity to the designs. 

ACG is committed to the future of ethical fashion. They keep their waste to an absolute minimum, sourcing fabrics as carefully as possible and saving our fabric scraps to be woven into usable textiles.

Some materials are hand-dyed, hand-woven, or hand-printed. These pieces show off the beautiful variations inherent in hand-made processes. When possible the dyes are sourced from environmentally-friendly suppliers. Although everything is done by hand, which can take a lot of time, they try to keep the prices out of the sky. They price everything as low as possible to keep their business going while attempting to please customers from all walks of life.

 

ERIN JAMES

Crafty Housewife Yarns

Erin James of Crafty Housewife Yarns is a fiber artist, wife, mother, and art history / anthropology lover.  And she's also an incredible spinner, knitter, dyer, instructor, and community-builder.  Her palettes range from earthy and subtle to imaginative cotton-candy combos, and you can tell that, for her, yarn is where the heart is. Stay tuned for upcoming news about her yarn spinning workshop + spinning wheel demo and follow her HERE in the meantime!  

Erin James of Crafty Housewife Yarns is a fiber artist, wife, mother, and art history / anthropology lover. 

And she's also an incredible spinner, knitter, dyer, instructor, and community-builder. 

Her palettes range from earthy and subtle to imaginative cotton-candy combos, and you can tell that, for her, yarn is where the heart is.

Stay tuned for upcoming news about her yarn spinning workshop + spinning wheel demo and follow her HERE in the meantime!

 

 

ANNA JENSEN

Painter

Anna's paintings are psychological landscapes and emotionally complex narratives, and has shared her work with people all over the world. She combines references to art history, pop culture, natural science and personal chronicles to represent the conflicts of life and the titles are important elements. Like Anna, the stories are at once funny and sad. Anna is S+B's April exhibitor. Follow her HERE. 

Anna's paintings are psychological landscapes and emotionally complex narratives, and has shared her work with people all over the world.

She combines references to art history, pop culture, natural science and personal chronicles to represent the conflicts of life and the titles are important elements.

Like Anna, the stories are at once funny and sad.

Anna is S+B's April exhibitor. Follow her HERE

 

MIMI KNIGHT

Junebug Designs

Mimi's eco-inspired, hand-built ceramics are inspired by and embody organic shapes, elements, and colors, found in nature. She uses an energy-efficient kiln, uses recycled watercolor paper, carefully chooses her shipping materials, and, whenever possible, she purchases locally sourced clay.   Mimi is creating a collection for S+B that includes planters, mugs, trays, and a small earring collection, and she'll be teaching workshops as well.  Follow her HERE and get details about her upcoming workshop HERE. 

Mimi's eco-inspired, hand-built ceramics are inspired by and embody organic shapes, elements, and colors, found in nature.

She uses an energy-efficient kiln, uses recycled watercolor paper, carefully chooses her shipping materials, and, whenever possible, she purchases locally sourced clay.  

Mimi is creating a collection for S+B that includes planters, mugs, trays, and a small earring collection, and she'll be teaching workshops as well. 

Follow her HERE and get details about her upcoming workshop HERE

KENDELL LAWSON

Botanical Curator

Kendell Lawson is Knoxville's hidden botanical gem. She spends her spare time cutting and propagating, learning new plant care skills, re-potting, foraging for moss, and finding new ways to cover every square inch of her apartment with greenery.  And it's not just a hobby. It's a love. She knows where each of her plants came from, and cares for them with great intention. Not only is Kendell going to be curating S+B with an array of plants that promise to breathe life and fresh energy into the space, but she's also going to be teaching a terrarium-building workshop. Check out the March workshop HERE and follow along with her botanical adventures HERE. 

Kendell Lawson is Knoxville's hidden botanical gem. She spends her spare time cutting and propagating, learning new plant care skills, re-potting, foraging for moss, and finding new ways to cover every square inch of her apartment with greenery. 

And it's not just a hobby. It's a love. She knows where each of her plants came from, and cares for them with great intention.

Not only is Kendell going to be curating S+B with an array of plants that promise to breathe life and fresh energy into the space, but she's also going to be teaching a terrarium-building workshop.

Check out the March workshop HERE and follow along with her botanical adventures HERE

MARK LILLY

Mark W Lilly Photography

Mark is one of the kindest people in Knoxville, and also one of the most talented. He's got a great eye for composition, is a treasure to work with, and has mastery over a wide range of subjects. Mark will be teaching workshops on a regular basis, beginning with a Natural Light Product Photography workshop. That means, "you," if you're a collector, lifestyle blogger, maker, etc. and you want to epically document your work without a bunch of expensive lighting! Check out his landscapes, portraits, and product shots HERE. 

Mark is one of the kindest people in Knoxville, and also one of the most talented.

He's got a great eye for composition, is a treasure to work with, and has mastery over a wide range of subjects.

Mark will be teaching workshops on a regular basis, beginning with a Natural Light Product Photography workshop. That means, "you," if you're a collector, lifestyle blogger, maker, etc. and you want to epically document your work without a bunch of expensive lighting!

Check out his landscapes, portraits, and product shots HERE

KELLY S MURRAY

Art + Design

This artist absolutely isn't afraid of color, and we love her for it!  One of the things that makes Kelly's work so special is that, completely out of context, her art objects are striking, memorable, and hard to walk away from. Then, upon further investigation, the view learns that environmental issues, land development and the relationship of human activity and nature have been core interests for Kelly throughout her career and the primary focus of much of her personal fine art production.  Stay tuned for announcements about her May exhibition -- her work is going to bring so much light into the space! Learn more about her and see her work HERE.

This artist absolutely isn't afraid of color, and we love her for it! 

One of the things that makes Kelly's work so special is that, completely out of context, her art objects are striking, memorable, and hard to walk away from.

Then, upon further investigation, the view learns that environmental issues, land development and the relationship of human activity and nature have been core interests for Kelly throughout her career and the primary focus of much of her personal fine art production. 

Stay tuned for announcements about her May exhibition -- her work is going to bring so much light into the space!

Learn more about her and see her work HERE.

 

LAN NGUYEN

Lann Designs

MEGHAN NELSON

Dottir Jewelry

Meghan Joelle's bold, brass jewelry it totally approachable while communicating a refined aesthetic defined by dramatic shapes and clean lines. Ranging from the perfect everyday pair of posts to sculptural statement pieces, her work balances artistry with wearability and they're truly the perfect 'gateway' pieces if you've been feeling like going a bit bolder with your accessories but haven't been sure where to start. See her collection on the site and in the store soon! All elements of her jewelry are hand fabricated in her Minneapolis studio, and you can keep up with her work HERE. 

Meghan Joelle's bold, brass jewelry it totally approachable while communicating a refined aesthetic defined by dramatic shapes and clean lines.

Ranging from the perfect everyday pair of posts to sculptural statement pieces, her work balances artistry with wearability and they're truly the perfect 'gateway' pieces if you've been feeling like going a bit bolder with your accessories but haven't been sure where to start.

See her collection on the site and in the store soon!

All elements of her jewelry are hand fabricated in her Minneapolis studio, and you can keep up with her work HERE

Born and raised in Southern California, Lan had always dreamt in color. With fields of golden poppies and coastal sunsets, her curiosity grew larger within the realms of how things were made and functioned. To Lan, designing a handbag is simlar to solving a meticulous puzzle that is expressed in an artistic way, and, similar to origami, a two dimensional material is created into a three dimensional art form.  "Being a handbag designer is about blending the lines between design and art while finding balance with expression and function. It is about being as free and exploratory as possible with no boundaries." Lan’s designs are at once luxurious and functional, boasting luxurious, buttery leathers, as well as streamlined functionality in the form of practical shapes, pockets, and adjustable straps. The quality stitchwork and hardware ensures you’ll be able to enjoy her pieces long into the future. Follow her HERE. 

Born and raised in Southern California, Lan had always dreamt in color. With fields of golden poppies and coastal sunsets, her curiosity grew larger within the realms of how things were made and functioned. To Lan, designing a handbag is simlar to solving a meticulous puzzle that is expressed in an artistic way, and, similar to origami, a two dimensional material is created into a three dimensional art form. 

"Being a handbag designer is about blending the lines between design and art while finding balance with expression and function. It is about being as free and exploratory as possible with no boundaries."

Lan’s designs are at once luxurious and functional, boasting luxurious, buttery leathers, as well as streamlined functionality in the form of practical shapes, pockets, and adjustable straps. The quality stitchwork and hardware ensures you’ll be able to enjoy her pieces long into the future.

Follow her HERE

 

LILY SCHLOSSER

Eli & Barry

KAITLIN RYAN

Peppertrain

Kaitlin Ryan doesn't just make things -- she makes the things that she uses to make the things. Like, ALL those beads are handmade! She's based in Raleigh, NC, but her work is well-loved from coast-to-coast, and it's no wonder! Her pieces somehow manage to be subtle and bold at the same time. They elevate the simplest shirt while managing to hold their own at a cocktail party as well. And the earrings.... Oh, the earrings. She's curating a small collection for S+B and we can't wait to share it with you! Kaitlin's real fun and you can live vicariously HERE.

Kaitlin Ryan doesn't just make things -- she makes the things that she uses to make the things. Like, ALL those beads are handmade!

She's based in Raleigh, NC, but her work is well-loved from coast-to-coast, and it's no wonder! Her pieces somehow manage to be subtle and bold at the same time. They elevate the simplest shirt while managing to hold their own at a cocktail party as well.

And the earrings.... Oh, the earrings.

She's curating a small collection for S+B and we can't wait to share it with you!

Kaitlin's real fun and you can live vicariously HERE.

Self-taught seamstress, Lily Schlosser, has making and manufacturing in her blood. Despite experimentation with various mediums, Lily's intentions and aesthetic have remained the same: simple pieces delivered in a deliberate and sustainable way. She hopes to continue to be involved in the slow fashion movement and explore what it means to be a sustainable and conscious brand.  S+B will be starting out with a limited collection and will expand after the Spring line debuts! Swoon over her work HERE.

Self-taught seamstress, Lily Schlosser, has making and manufacturing in her blood.

Despite experimentation with various mediums, Lily's intentions and aesthetic have remained the same: simple pieces delivered in a deliberate and sustainable way. She hopes to continue to be involved in the slow fashion movement and explore what it means to be a sustainable and conscious brand. 

S+B will be starting out with a limited collection and will expand after the Spring line debuts!

Swoon over her work HERE.

 

PARIS WOODHULL

Paris Woodhull Illustrations

Paris is best known for creating hand-illustrated maps that help people love the place they live rather than guide them away to someplace new. Her work is both whimsical and refined, lighthearted and culturally critical, as well as figurative and literal.    You can find her work HERE, at RALA, and come see her map mural inside S+B by the grand opening on March 15!

Paris is best known for creating hand-illustrated maps that help people love the place they live rather than guide them away to someplace new.

Her work is both whimsical and refined, lighthearted and culturally critical, as well as figurative and literal.   

You can find her work HERE, at RALA, and come see her map mural inside S+B by the grand opening on March 15!