Friday, June 26, 2009

Here's Lindsay...

Presenting one of our wonderful sponsors and vendors the super cute Lindsay Zodrow of Collected Thread

Dustbowl: Tell us a little about your business.
Lindsay Zodrow: Collected Thread is a handmade boutique located in the Plaza District in Midtown Oklahoma City. This area was fairly unknown up to about a year ago but is changing like crazy now. My hope for the district is that it will be home to young artists, musicians, designers, and creative people who have not yet made a name for themselves

DB: How did you start Collected Thread?
LZ: My friend, Nora Bonnell, and I started a traveling sale for crafters called Housewares a little over a year and a half ago. Opening a store like this was never really on my radar, but the longer we did Housewares, the more that desire grew. I have not regretted it for a second.

DB: What is unique about your store?
LZ: Everything is handmade and most of it local. At this point we carry 18 local designers work as well as about 8 out of state designers.

DB: What motivates you in your work?
LZ: I love hearing a customer squeal with excitement over something they have found in the store. It is the biggest compliment ever. I feel like I am a part of something bigger than myself. I am able to help other people make a living and promote their talent. And then I get to make my own stuff for the store as well. I love my job.

DB: How long have you been creating original works and crafting?
LZ: For as long as i can remember i have been making things. I use to paint on the walls in my closet. I wasn't the coolest kid.

DB: What do you make?
LZ: I make hand bound journals from old books, re-purposed clothing, fabric flowers, knitted scarves, jewelry, sewn artwork, custom initial embroidery hoops, headbands, brooches, and whatever else pops into my head. I studied art in college, so when I have some real down time, I love to draw and paint the human form.

DB: What inspires you most?
LZ: Coffee, colors, Anthropologie's displays, conversations with people I love, the intricate shapes you find in nature, and probably a million other things.

DB: What is your favorite thing to create?
LZ: Anything new! I think I am only ADD when it comes to making things. I can't make the same thing for every long. I have to go back and forth.

DB: If you were a color, what color would you be?
LZ: Either olive green or mustard yellow.

DB: Your favorite thing in the world?
LZ: Coffee and my husband, Adam...... perhaps not in that order.

DB: Your favorite place in the world?
LZ: Manhattan

DB: Your favorite meal?
LZ: Sundried tomato and red pepper pasta with shrimp.

DB: Why did you decide to support Dustbowl?
LZ: My main purpose in opening the store was to create a place where local designers, artists, and crafters could expose their work and make a living. That is exactly what Dustbowl is doing. I am thrilled to be a part of it.

Visit Lindsay at Collected Thread at 1739 NW 16th Street in Oklahoma City.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Our first featured artist is...

When we needed help with our logo, we knew just the man to call. Sethy McCarroll is one of the coolest, creative and kindest people you will ever meet.

Sethy will be peddling his screen printed designs at Dustbowl. Here are some things you should know about him.

Dustbowl: What is your businesses name?
Sethy McCarroll: Hi, I'm Sethy.

DB: What do you make?
SM: I do print design, serigraphy, business identity and logo design.

DB: How did you get started?
SM: Well, as a child, I really liked drawing pictures of tanks and dinosaurs. I guess that's how it all really started.

DB: How long have you been creating?
SM: Since I was 15. My best friend Timothy and I found some rudimentary screen printing supplies in our high school art class' closet. The first thing we made was a print of a pretty tough looking skull.

DB: What inspires you most?
SM: Joy, peacefulness, my friends and family. Also, erudite babies.

DB: What is your favorite thing to create?
SM: Good conversation with good people.

DB: What is your day job?
SM: I work in a t-shirt print shop. I do a little bit of everything, and a whole lot of sweating.

DB: If you were a color, what color would you be?
SM: Fresh Avocado.

DB: What is your favorite thing in the world?
SM: Waking up and thinking it's monday but it's actually some other wonderful weekend day.

DB: Where is your favorite place in the world?
SM: In the presence of my family.

DB: What is your favorite meal?
SM: My mom's Lasagna paired with my sister's Salad.

DB: Why do you want to be a part of Dustbowl?
SM: I'm quite fond of the idea of getting to share my work in such close vicinity of other great artists. Frankly, I'm honored to be invited.

Thanks for sharing with us
Sethy! You're awesome!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dustbowl Presents: Our Host, Campus Corner

When visiting Norman, one must experience three different locations before leaving town; our beautiful downtown, the expansive and beloved OU campus and Historic Campus Corner.  Campus Corner has been the center for campus activities and Norman culture for nearly one hundred years.  With a diverse array of shops, the cozy nook, nestled just north of campus will be sure to tickle your fancy. 

If you're feeling hungry, you should look no further.  Campus Corner offers anything your heart (or stomach) desires, from homemade pasta to a create-your-own burrito to a sandwich made with donuts.  You can satisfy your breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert AND late-night snack urges on Campus Corner. 

To say the least, Campus Corner has a cache of varied choices, and attracts shoppers and gawkers, young and old.  Once the sun sets, however, the crowd turns to a more rowdy and ruckus environment.  The Corner offers a healthy nightlife for the more hedonistic crowd.  Whatever the adventure, quiet and cozy or glitzy and expansive, the Corner has you covered. 

Campus Corner buffers the excitement generated by the OU campus and mingles it with the slow pace of a growing town. It's history of being the center of college nightlife and activities is as rich as its culture.  Campus Corner lends this culture to anyone who ventures into the area. Scenic and quaint, yet groaning with the every present noise of growth, progress and enrichment, Campus Corner has it all!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Keep 'em coming!


We are so excited about the response we are getting about Dustbowl. The applications and sponsorships are rollin in.

Keep 'em coming...

It's going to be oh so much fun!

-The Dustbowl Gang

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Oh dang...we got a new logo and it's awesome!

Sethy McCarroll has done it again!
We are so excited.
Now we can start mailing out sponsorship packets and vendor applications!