Angelica, it is why I do what I do. I love this city. I love Austin, and that’s honestly my career goal, is to make Austin beautiful, though public art, through landscape design, through public projects if I can be involved.
That’s Gretchen Du Prè. Fiber artist, landscape designer, musician slash singer, mother, and beautifier. Gretchen’s own string theory is: if there’s a way to knit it, play it, draw it, or sew it, she wants to get her hands on it. If you see her around town and compliment something she made – watch out, you might be wearing it home.
She and Austin Outdoor Design had a entry in the recent Fortlandia, called Hamaca de los Flores, at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
She also had a project in Creek Show, a temporary light installation over Waller Creek in Austin.
Singer and musician for the band, Honey Punch, for 10 years, a daytime fun band. The intro was “Anarchy in the UK” ; the mid-episode sample was “Being Mir Best Du Schon”, and the outro was “Fallen for You.” Follow them on Instagram and check out their website for shows and delights!
Honey Punch band
Honey Punch band
Honey Punch band
Gretchen du Pre
Gretchen at Creekshow 2018
Gretchen du Pre at Creek Show
Creek Show 2018
Fortlandia 2020: Hamaca de los flores
And what I learned was: anytime my hands were busy, I could think the thoughts I needed to think instead of having my smartphone dictate what I should think and feel.
For my birthday today, I recorded a quick episode of the story I performed on the stage at Spiderhouse Ballroom on Thursday, October 24th for Testify (a monthly storytelling group in Austin) for October’s theme, Craft. My story I recorded tonight (which is better audio than I captured on my camera) is about this podcast, so if you want a 16 minute sampler of what Chatty Crafties is all about, have a listen.
This week on Chatty Crafties: Angelica Norton: Landscape Designer, Mother of 2, and binge-crafter vs. Amber Moreno: career-averse Personal Organizer, Mother, of 1 and serial procrastinator. Will one out-craft the other? Will questions and answers clash in a heated discussion while the a/c remains off to minimize background noise? Will it all end up on the cutting room floor? We’re pitting host against producer this week for a very special episode.
YOUR HOMEWORK THIS WEEK: make TEN of something, or scribble out 3 morning pages.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Do you ever go back to read, listen to, or watch your old work? Also, show us pics of your personal workspace.
Angelica performing in Testify
Angelica’s baby blanket series
Angelica’s renditions of 10
Angelica’s mermaid skirt
Angelica getting her hands dirty
Angelica’s jewelry organizer (collaboration w/ Matt)
Amber in Cabernet Cabaret singing Too Darn Hot
Amber’s Chalk handwriting from her library days
Amber’s morning pages
Amber on set for One Room Schoolhouse’s “Audition”
Amber polishing a wedding bouquet before it went down the aisle
Amber backstage during “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told”
…Finding the space in between your thoughts. And…I think music does that for me. It’s an escape where I kind of lose my concept of what room I’m in, or what day of the week it is or, all of the kind of subtle things that keep you in reality, and let some of my other senses start to take over.
That’s Matt. Also known as Berm and Swale. Landscape designer, synthesizer fanatic, and creator of many a transcendent meal, this week he stepped out of the kitchen and joined us to chat about his architectural appetites, sobriety, and his personal antidote to creative stagnation.
You can find @bermandswale on Soundcloud, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (although the latter currently doesn’t see much activity). You can also check out Open Envelope Studio‘s landscape design/build portfolio on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
We heard Is There Hope and Thankful People in this episode. He also compiled this video of collaged vintage snippets to go with his song, I Forgot Her.
Do you like to play electronic music? What’s your favorite program for sound design? Tell us below or on Twitter and Instagram via the hashtag #chattycrafties
Matt making music as Berm and Swale
Matt cooking dinner
Matt being handy, making a stand for his music equipment
Recording our daughter for a school project
Taking apart and repairing synthesizers
Matt and Angelica designing landscapes together for OES