Thursday, July 30, 2009


Nathan Price
Lana Williams
One Up Designs
Samantha Lamb Photography
Dowdy Studios
DNA Galleries
Collected Thread
Bombs Away
Etudaiye Pottery Studio
Imagine This
Courtney Shepherd Photography
Cloud Cover Creations
Rainbow Swirlz
Wannabes Photography
Rose Knits
Angela Chase
Margaret Kinkeade
Pamela Michelle
Cut Out and Collect
{Tweet} Baby Designs
Novelties in Wood
Wayward Textile Foundation
Nicolas Poynter
Feather by Feather
Rick Fry
Wandering Wear
Delaney La Fae Studios
Fish Chick Designs
Accessories by Kelly
Ju Ju
Feather Revolution
Sew Chic
String Potential
The Little Trunk
Three Yellow Starfish
Jem Jam
Artfull Expression
Cricket Shack
Funky Bella
Dewey and West
Red Dirt
Kiki's Kuffs
Beverly Herndon
Mahala Designs
StarWood Art
Garrett Shockey
John Kennington Photograph
The Pink Acorn
Tree and Leaf
Clinton Dean Bowman
Adam Jones

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dustbowl Music

We just finalized the line-up for the music stage, and I think you might be pleased to find some local favorites on the list!
We are excited to present the Dustbowl mus
icians, on Buchanan Street from 2-11 pm. Come early for the merch, stay late for the good
2pm -

2:35pm - Michael Loveland (of Early Beat)
3:10pm - Robert Bartlett 

4:20pm - Daddy Love

6:10pm - Carly Patterson (of

7:50pm - Brine Webb 

9pm - Gentle Ghost 

10:10pm - Ryan Lindsey

-Dustbowl Gang

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


The Dustbowl Gang here with your friendly reminder that our application deadline for Dustbowl Arts Market is Wednesday, July 29th.


Time to get those applications in. You can pick one up at Alouette the Beadery, 319 White Street located on Norman's beautiful Campus Corner. We hope to hear from you soon and don't forget to tell your friends.

Want to apply but have questions?
Email us at

Cut Out and Collect

Here's another of our fabulous sponsors/vendors! Cheyne Little comes to us from Texas but has some deep Oklahoma roots!

Dustbowl: Tell us a little about your business.
Cheyne Little: Cut Out and Collect designs and creates handbags, wallets, and home decor using two hands, rare fabrics, an intense attention to detail, as well as a sense of humor.

DB: How did you start Cut Out and Collect?
CL: It began as a way to avoid graduate school, jobs involving fax machines, and other acceptable adult endeavors, more than three years ago. Somehow, it's worked out well and I may get to avoid those things, forever!

DB: What is unique about your business?
CL: I try to keep each handbag truly unique by using a wide variety of fabrics. I take construction very seriously and spend many hours obsessing over ever stitch in each bag. I want my customers to feel like they're carrying a little treasure around with them.
I've also had countless men tell me they secretly wished they could carry my handbags. I love that!
DB: How long have you been creating original works & crafting?
CL: My grandmother was a seamstress. I've been sewing since I remember but didn't start full time until after graduating from UT Arlington, about three years ago.

DB: What inspires you most?
CL: I am constantly inspired by the work of my peers - being on the leadership team of Etsy Dallas has been wonderful. I love that I've found a group of people who share my passion art, design, and good 'ole hard work!

DB: What is your favorite thing to create?
CL: That's a tough question! I almost feel like it doesn't matter - late at night when I'm done for the day, all I can think about is the project I will begin in the morning. I feel so lucky to be able to spend my days as I do now, in the studio.

DB: Your favorite thing in the world?
CL: I have a beautiful blue silk sketchbook with gold embossed scissors on the cover. It has been my best friend for quite some time. I dread the day the pages run out.

DB: Your favorite place in the world?
CL: I purchased that sketchbook while living in Thailand, after graduating from college. I spent some time there and began sewing more seriously. My memories of Southeast Asia are all bright, happy, peaceful ones. I would go back a thousand times over.

DB: Why did you decide to support Dustbowl?
CL: Don't tell Texas, but I was born in Oklahoma. My mother went to OU, where she met my father. My mother's three sisters went there and all married men crazy about the school! Norman will always have a very special place in my heart. I think the Dustbowl has some absolutely stellar potential for bringing the handmade movement to the heart of a wonderful town!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Great News...

After another meeting with our presenting sponsor, Campus Corner Merchants Association, we have something WONDERFUL to tell you!

If you haven't turned in your application yet, here's a bit of incentive...

We've learned that the typical, non-game day, Saturday on Campus Corner brings 5,000 - 7,500 patrons!

Combine that built in traffic with the fact that it's the first weekend after OU is back in session along with all promoting that we will do via posters, postcards, print ads, news articles, social media invites... Oh boy, it's going to be a great market.

You still have plenty of time, 2 WEEKS to be exact, to get those applications in and start working on your inventory.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Featuring Lana Williams!!!

Lana Williams is an accomplished, young artist based right here in Norman! We had a chance to catch up with her a couple of weeks ago to interview her. 

Lana, in addition to her current studies at the University of Oklahoma, has also been a part of Studio Artists International in Florence, Italy. Lana's work can be seen in Lion's Park on Flood Street and in galleries on Main Street. Lana assists classes at the Firehouse Art Center here in Norman. 

Dustbowl: Why Dustbowl?

Lana Williams: First year isn't it? I know you're an artist and you want to do something for other artists - trying to do something for the community. It's a way to get artists together. 

DB: What will you be selling at Dustbowl?

LW: Well, I started some little paintings today. Handmade skirts and stuff.

DB: Where do/have you studied?

LW: I studied in the Studio Art Center International in Florence Italy and did some community work there. I worked in hospitals making them a little more humanized and less sterile. I was painting tiles to be placed in different wards in the hospital. 
I also went to Scottsdale to work with Malcolm Yim from Taiwan. He has 30 or 40 students that he teaches all the time. He teaches realism-that's what he does...

DB: What are some of your favorite things?

LW: Well obviously painting. I like ceramics, too. And ridin' bicycles. 

DB: What will you look for at the market?

LW: Definitely jewelry, handmade clothing, knit or crocheted stuff. People could tie-dye stuff...

DB: You like tie-dye?

LW: Yeah, I mean, in moderation. I'm looking forward to the music. 

DB: Who do you want to see play?

LW: The Workweek.  (Still Pending)

DB: Any place you could suggest to out-of-towners that are at the market?

LW: The Earth Cafe

For more information about Lana and her work, you can visit her websites here or here.

Friday, July 10, 2009

The Journal Record

'Dustbowl Gang' looks for Oklahoma artists

Dustbowl got its first print article in The Journal Record this week. Thanks to The Journal Record for featuring Dustbowl in their Section B and helping to spread the word! Click on the image to enlarge the story and learn more about Dustbowl!

Other exciting news coverage is starting to trickle in as well. Check us out at News OK and TravelOK!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Pamela Michelle

The work of Dallas artist, Pamela Michelle is today's feature.
She's one of our neighbors from the great state of Texas that will be making her way up I-35 to show at Dustbowl this year. We are so happy to have her as a participating artist as well as a sponsor!

Dustbowl: Tell us a little about your business.
Pamela Michelle: Located in a small studio in Dallas, TX, Pamela Michelle creates and designs original artwork in wood, on canvas and on paper that you can wear, hang, love and enjoy.

DB: How did you start Pamela Michelle?
PM: Pamela Michelle started in the mid '07s as a way for me to unleash my imagination on the world. With modern influences and a Scandinavian twist, I thought I'd start small by just making prints of my paintings and selling them here and there. After a few months of just that, I got an itch and moved on to include something I just can't live! That's when I picked up one of my favorite materials, wood, and started to create something I'd never seen anywhere before, ever. Thus, the birth of my handmade wooden necklaces and rings. This story has just begun. I have many many big plans in the future, and hope I can share all the special moments with all of you.

DB: What is unique about your business?
PM: I grew up spending most summers with my grandparents, who educated me often my rich and glorious Scandinavian heritage. It was very important to them to keep traditions and values strong in the family lines. I fell in love with the hand carved wooden horses, wooden shoes, Nordic ships and every bit of Scandinavian history I could find around their house. I also always admired my grandmother's love of being an avid bird watcher. I know I will never know as much as she did about birds, but I loved watching them and learning about them through her. With both these influences strong in my heart and mind, I find myself diving in and exploring these two topics in my artwork. This is what makes Pamela Michelle jewelry and artwork unique. I don't create random illustrations, but parts of my heart that will live on forever in my artwork.

DB: What motivates you in your work?
PM: I'm motivated by the encouraging words of my friends and family and the kind compliments of strangers and customers. It's always fantastic knowing that you're not the only one excited about your work.

DB: How long have you been creating original works and crafting?
PM: Ever since i was a wee girl I've been getting my hand on anything I could to create something new. My favorite thing to do was to convince my dad to let me run wild and create in his workshop where there was all kinds of hammers, saws, nails and glue. I loved it! I always got frustrated when it came to following directions or a pattern with crafts, so I always ended up doing my own thing. I guess that's the designer in me trying to change the visual world with each new project.

DB: What do you make?
PM: I make handmade wooden necklaces, wooden rings, original paintings and prints. In my free time, I love re-purposing furniture, building unique displays for my shows, updating my adorable 1960s home, building gardens, up-cycling old clothing, designing handbags and accessories....oh my, I could go on forever.

DB: What inspires you most?
PM: The number one greatest influence on my artwork is my grandmother, who was an award winning florist back in her glory days. I love her love for all things nature and I hope that she gets a chance to live on in each piece of artwork I create.

DB: Your favorite thing in the world?
PM: My favorite thing will always be my honey, Dylan, aka Dowdy Studio. He's been there to fully support all my crazy ideas and outlandish dreams. In fact, he's usually right there with me (well, most of the time). He's currently illustrating, designing and creating his own screen printed tees, and will be right along side me at the Dustbowl Arts Market. Like I said, "I have big plans for the future"...but I also meant "we" have big plans.

DB: Your favorite meal?
PM: Seriously feed me some yummy fresh sushi and I will be your friend forever and ever! Any takers?

DB: If you were a color, what color would you be?
PM: This answer can change a lot, as I love lots of colors. At this very moment, I'd say I'd be a dusty aged lime green, not too bright or citrusy, more like a bright 1950's summer lawn chair that's been surviving outside for many summers and winters, then was thrown in a garage to wait and wait. It's now sun bleached, covered in dust and a perfect color.

DB: Your favorite place in the world?
PM: In my studio working with music blasting and a bottomless cup of coffee.

DB: Why did you decide to support Dustbowl?
PM: The Dustbowl Arts Market seems just like my kind of party. You just can't go wrong with 75 other talented vendors and artists in Norman, Oklahoma. I love supporting indie artists, designers and the whole handmade movement just like Dustbowl. I'm so happy to be a part of it all and can't wait to see everyone there!

DB: Thank you for sharing with us. We can't wait to have you at the Dustbowl!

For more of Pamela Michelle's work you can visit:
Be sure to check out her blog: