Thursday, September 22, 2011

2011 Motel Art Show Artists Announced

With the 5th Annual "One Night Stand at The Ole Miss Motel" coming up on October 29th, 2011, I'm happy to announce this year's featured artists. 

This years artists are: 
Gara and Ramona Gillentine 
Brittany Bass 
Lou Haney 
Maria Hughes
Beka Larenze
Sarah Story
Michael Foose
Megan Patton and Coulter Fussell
Ellen Langford
Lamar Sorrento

Thank you to the many, many entries that we had. It was hard to narrow it down to just twelve. 
Look for an artist spotlight on each artist leading up to this years show right here on Afterschool Oxford. 

For more information on the Motel Art Show Series, upcoming calls for work, dates for shows and more, follow @iheartmotelart  on twitter or visit 

See you at the show! 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sneak Peek: House Guest- 1999-2009

Starting in January of 1999, I started to take a Polaroid of almost every house guest that came to visit. Moving from city to city, the project moved with me. Starting in Boston on January 1st of 1999, then to Seattle, San Francisco, Memphis, New York City, Water Valley, Los Angeles, and back to Water Valley, ending December 31st 2009. Ten full years. The photos aren't perfect. The writing is messy. I wanted it to feel natural and more like a snap shot. I think I captured that. It's friends, writers, musicians, new pets, family, actors, activists and the parties in between. 

Here's a little sample of what's to come...
Los Angles, CA 2007
Water Valley, MS 2008
(the first time my now husband, Sean, ever came to visit)

Check back for more sneak peeks from this project and the launch of House Guest. 

*Each photo is the property of Erin Austen Abbott. Please do not use without written permission. Thank you.

Awesome new relaunch!!

The girls of Bowerbird just went pro. They have an awesome redesign by James Kelleway of Confit Design and they are ready to somehow get more awesome than they already are. I'm such a fan of these two. 

I hope you will take the time to look through this really well curated blog and maybe even do a little shopping while you're there. Enjoy!! 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Recap of a busy week

This week has been a whirrrrrlwind. That's an understatement. 

Monday: I was pleasantly surprised to see a post on Design Sponge where our home was featured in one of my most favorite sections on that rad blog, Make It Yours. From our  Sneak Peak back in December, two rooms were used and you are given the resources to recreate it.  From the colors to the items in the room. Thank you Grace and Amy for having us back. 

Tuesday: It was the last days to vote in the Daily Candy, Start Small, Go Big contest where I was a finalist. 

Wednesday: Peace Out

Thursday: The new issue of Southern Flourish came out. I never expected to be on the cover. But I'm certainly honored that I was. I love this magazine. 

Friday: Today we find out who won in the Daily Candy contest. Wish me luck!!