Tuesday, October 30, 2012

one year and thank you!

thanks to everyone who came out for our one year anniversary party this past friday night, and thanks to everyone who's supported us and grown with us along the way!  lots and lots of love, kristen + eve

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

oh joy!

we recently came across a playful photo we snapped while building the wall at the front of our now studio almost exactly one year ago.  it made us stop and ponder how far we've come.

we've had so much to be thankful for in the last spectacular weeks full of activity and excitement.  between our etsy craft party, the dorkbot arduino workshop, the women.design.build tie-dying shop talk, and the pump project satellite cleaning parties, we've been busy!  we were delighted to be featured in this month's issue of tribeza magazine, and in the apartment therapy blog!  as usual, we have been laser cutting up a storm for and with a wide variety of creative folks, and we've been dreaming up some of our own projects too.  here are some miscellaneous photos snapped around the workshop over the past month:

photo credit : chris perez of apartment therapy

thank you to all of you who have helped us along the way - we treasure you.  let us know how we can help in return.

kristen + eve  |  MAKEatx

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

a business card surprise!

today was one of those days during which we designate at least a little bit of time to frivolous design.  we happened to have a few misprints from the printshop down the hall out on our worktable, so we plopped them in our laser cutter and made this little business card surprise for our friend cody of twin villain apparel.  totally rad, if we do say so ourselves!  and made from cool colorful scraps.  so quick, so easy, so fun.

hoo-ray!  hope you're all having a great day,

kristen + eve

Friday, June 29, 2012

inaugural member spotlight: j. haley of the j. haley arts institute

hi friends!

here at MAKE, we aspire to keep our blog regularly updated with what is happening in the studio, and, of course, that includes the work of our wonderful members.  we think featuring each member would be a great way to give folks a better idea of the spectrum of projects that are possible with patty princess of power, promote the incredible wares of our fellow makers, and even let our members get to know each other a little better. members were invited to answer the following questions and to submit photos demonstrating their talents.

we kick off our new member spotlight series with j. haley, our trusty shop attendant who will soon move on to bigger and equally rad pastures in the wilds of new hampshire.  we chose j. for our first member spotlight not only because we love him and we'll miss him, but also because he has a show closing at the main pump project tomorrow; you should check it out and meet the man for yourself!  here's proof:


tell us a little bit about your work.  

My work, though created by myself, is inspired by a belief that I am being informed by the J. Haley Arts Institute, an entity from the future. We do not have anyway to corroborate this information, but are sure, that for the most part, this work makes itself present in the form of Mixed Media Drawings and Paintings, Words on the Interwebs, and even Events an Activities.

who or what inspired you to start designing/making things yourself?  

Just always made art, the advent of super sweet modernized tools that are available to the commoner has only helped expand our/my ability to make stuff that is even more super sweet.

what is your favorite material to work with?  what materials are still on your “to laser” list?

I like the way wood looks with lasered words. But I would like to see if I could laser into a thin layer of drywall mud on plywood and the add charcoal drawings  and a coating of polyurethane. I have done the latter process and love the vintage look the mud and poly does to the imagery. Maybe the addition of words would be just as cool. 

do you have a favorite project you’ve completed at the MAKEatx workshop?

I do not place anything in a hierarchal structural as I would not like to have any of my work feel bad about being sub par. 

do you have any advice for anyone interested in laser-cutting?
Experiment and work confidently. Find something you like and mass produce. Then go back to step one.

we know you’re great at making all kinds of crafty things, but what’s your favorite meal to make?

I like making it up with what I got. Sometimes it twists in the middle like a tomato based chicken noodle, turning into a garden veggie creamy delight, using the rest of the almond milk and the last of the shredded three cheese blend.

what’s your favorite handmade item you own?

Not sure. Let me make a couple more things and then I'll get back to you.

can we buy any of your creations around town? online?

Online is a bit hard now, but Saturday is the closing of my show at the main gallery at the Pump Project Art Complex and there is still quite a bit to get. Www.pumpproject.org.  And after that look for my work at GrayDUCK gallery on S. 1st.

where would you take patty princess of power for a nice evening in austin?
I like home cooked meals and then it might be easier to convince her to stay over and just move in for good.

if you had to start creating your work under an entirely new name, what would you choose?
The J. Haley Arts World Power.

member's choice: add and answer your own question.  choose-your-own-adventure-style.

Q. If I were to ask my self a question, what would it be?
A. If I were to ask my self a question, what would it be?

payback time: ask us a question!
Why aren't y'all rich yet, your work is awesome, and your workshop should have workshops, plural?

thanks, j. haley; it's been real.

custom work at its coolest

we recently heard from william hodges, a groom-to-be with one of the most creative groomsmen gifts we've ever known: monogrammed hatchets!  we're please to share with you a few photos we took here at the shop featuring the results of eve's laser handiwork and william's genius.  enjoy!

congratulations to william and his wife!  all the best and see you 'round the shop,

kristen + eve

Friday, June 15, 2012


hi friends!

our glass etching class last night was a huge success, and we had a total blast.  props to hour schoolwomen.design.build and all the lovely designers who made it out for the class last evening!  here's a photo of the intrepid etchers photographing their new wares:

be sure to check out the glass blowing class in july with women.design.build and the remarkably talented women of the east side glass studio.  they will knock your socks off!

love and lasers,

kristen + eve + patty princess of power

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

glass etching class

Whether you're looking to create the kind of last minute, personalized Father's Day present that seems like it must have been planned well in advance or just looking to pick up a new skill in good company, we'd love to have you for our glass etching class tomorrow evening!  We'll be etching pint glasses in partnership with our friends over at Women.Design.Build for HourSchool, and there are a few slots left if you're interested in joining us at the workshop.

Since the pint glass is perhaps most associated with sports team logos, we thought we'd put together a mini inspiration round up to give you a few more ideas of what you can create, but we promise if you walk away with a Longhorn drinking receptacle, we won't judge you!

Patty Princess of Power hard at work on one of our own houndstooth designs.

You can look to vintage homewares, like these mid-century tumblers available from The White Pepper on Etsy, for inspiration. 

These gorgeous pint glasses from Daydreem Designs on Etsy would be perfect for holding your seasonal brew of choice.  

And, of course, sometimes simple text in a nice font does the job best!  

Event Information:
When: Thursday June 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Where: MAKEatx, 1109 Shady Lane
Price:  $20 (price includes pint glass)
To learn more and sign up, check out the Hour School website

We hope to see you tomorrow!