ALABAMA CHANIN – AUGUST + SWATCH OF THE MONTH

AUGUST + SWATCH OF THE MONTH

The months of June and July were wonderful and hectic in lots of beautiful and fun ways. There was plenty of travel, including our trip to Blackberry Farm and the cross-country train trip that Maggie and I took to San Francisco. With August comes a welcome bit of calm, just before our house gets back into the more regimented groove of the school year. (I hear the collective sigh of, “Where did the summer go?”)

Even though they weren’t as fastidiously tended to as I would have liked, my tomato plants are still producing a few beauties. I’m savoring these all while questioning if I put up enough for the coming year and knowing that I didn’t.

But, if there’s some solace to be had it’s that peach season has arrived—and August is in fact National Peach Month. I’m going to dust off my favorite peach ginger smoothie recipe, throw some peaches on the grill, and hope that maybe Lisa Donovan will send over some of her famous peach hand pies. (A girl can hope.) For those in search of a perfect peach-related cocktail, The Peach Truck offers this recipe for Fresh Georgia Peach Bourbon.

Our Alabama on Alabama exhibit @ Heath Ceramics will continue through August 23rd, so you still have time to visit if you have not already.

August 3 – National Watermelon Day. I think we will slice one up on the back deck, pin on some napkin bibs, and get messy.

August 8 – I laughed out loud when I read that this day is known as “Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day”. Anyone who has ever been overly blessed with their zucchini and squash harvests knows exactly what this means…

August 9 – Wrapping up our Studio Style DIY Trunk Show at A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, California.

August 26 – Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. If you are not registered to vote, there is no better day than today. Find more information and register here.

August 27 – We’re happy to announce our upcoming Friends of the Café Dinner @ The Factory with chef Rob McDaniel. A fundraiser for the Southern Foodways Alliance and in celebration of the Billy Reid Shindig. Purchase tickets here.

Hopefully, you can find some downtime this month to work on the August Swatch of the Month—embroidery, appliqué, and reverse appliqué in our Small Polka Dot stencil.

For detailed instructions and photographs please consult Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. It has information on each technique and its variations.

Purchase a membership to 2015’s Swatch of the Month Club here.

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ALABAMA CHANIN – A MONTH IN INSTAGRAM: JULY 2015

A MONTH IN INSTAGRAM: JULY 2015

July has been a busy month of preparing for (and then traveling to) the Boiler Room in San Francisco for the launch of our month-long show, Alabama on Alabama. Follow along on Instagram to keep up with our time there and mine and Maggie’s train ride back home.

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ALABAMA CHANIN – MAKESHIFT CONVERSATION @ SAN FRANCISCO

MAKESHIFT CONVERSATION @ SAN FRANCISCO

Makeshift is a series of events, talks, workshops, and gatherings that invite a dynamic group of participants to explore the ways in which the fashion, art, and design worlds are inextricably linked to the world of craft and DIY, and how each of these worlds elevates the others.

In its fourth year, Makeshift conversations create an intersection where we can explore, discuss, and celebrate the role of local production, handmade, and craft/DIY in fashion and design as a way to empower individuals, businesses, and communities.

We continue to expand the ideas that were born from our first Makeshift event in 2012 to create a global conversation among artists, designers, and makers. Each year, panelists and participants share their stories and experiences involving collaborative projects and making within their industries. And in 2013, we introduced a method to facilitate the conversation: guests were invited to express their thoughts, literally or conceptually, using an organic cotton tote bag from Alabama Chanin as a blank canvas. A variety of materials were also provided to design, decorate, and customize each bag.

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ALABAMA CHANIN: THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.27.2015 – 8.1.2015

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.27.2015 – 8.1.2015

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, July 27 – Saturday, August 1:

Join Natalie in California this Wednesday at A Verb for Keeping Warm for a celebration of The School of Making and Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns. The evening includes stitching, talking, and book signing. This is a free event with limited seating, first come first served.

Join Heath’s Creative Director, Cathy Bailey, and Natalie Chanin on Thursday, July 30 for a special conversation about design, making, craft, and fashion as they celebrate the launch of the new Alabama Chanin + Heath Ceramics Collaboration. The conversation is free and open to the public. There is currently a wait list for the conversation. Join here. There are still openings for the workshop, which follows the conversation. Register here

Don’t forget to check out our newest Alabama Chanin + Heath Ceramics Collaboration pieces, Indigo and Bird’s Nest, here.

And visit us at The Factory in Florence.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day, including our hugely popular Classic BLT—made with Fatback bacon, local heirloom tomato, seasoned greens, and a homemade basil aioli.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler—fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and egg salad.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

CAFÉ HOURS:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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POSTCARDS FROM HEATH (+ A CELEBRATION)

Join us tonight at the Boiler Room as we celebrate the opening of Alabama on Alabama with Heath Ceramics, showcasing the works of Natalie Chanin, Butch Anthony, John Henry Toney, and Rinne Allen. Come out for an exclusive first look at the Alabama Chanin Collection, hand-dyed Indigo garments, one-of-a-kind quilts, and special home pieces. We’ll round out the evening with music, refreshments, and libations. See you there.

Alabama on Alabama Opening Party
Friday, July 24, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Cost: $10/person
Purchase tickets in advance here.

Boiler Room @ Heath Ceramics
2900 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

For more information, contact sales (at) alabamachanin.com, or visit boilerroomsf.com

*Images from Heath Ceramics and spottedsf.com

ALABAMA CHANIN: ALABAMA ON ALABAMA

ALABAMA ON ALABAMA

The Alabama Chanin, Heath Ceramics, and Boiler Room teams have been working together over the past few months in preparation for our show in San Francisco, which opens tomorrow evening. Needless to say, we are very excited. The show, Alabama on Alabama, is the fourth ever exhibition in Heath Ceramics’ new event space, the Boiler Room. Heath Ceramics opened the Boiler Room last year as a place of discovery, inspiration, and exploration—bringing together the unexpected, hard-to-define worlds of art, design, and craft. Those realms are explored through collections, shows, events, and pop-ups. We have to admit that ours fits the bill perfectly and are honored to be included.

Alabama on Alabama is a month-long journey into the soul of the modern South. Natalie’s work spearheads the exhibit, which also includes works by Butch Anthony, known for his ‘intertwangled” paintings and creations using found objects, and materials and works on paper by artist (and longtime Butch Anthony collaborator) Mr. John Henry Toney. Alabama on Alabama also showcases the work of our dear friend and photographer, Rinne Allen.

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ALABAMA CHANIN – AMTRAK: ALABAMA TO SAN FRANCISCO

AMTRAK: ALABAMA TO SAN FRANCISCO

A few notes from the road:

We packed way too much. One suitcase and a favorite pillow would have done.

We haven’t taken nearly enough pictures to describe the magnificent journey this has been.

Snacks are good.

Rain from a train is very beautiful.

Tunnels can be a little dark and scary.

Origami makes people happy.

The absence of cell phone service and Wi-Fi can be a blessing.

There is a beautiful juxtaposition of rugged industrial and breathtaking scenery to be found along railroad tracks (and sometimes side-by-side).

Great satisfaction can be found in just sitting still.
xoNatalie and Maggie

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HEATH CERAMICS + ALABAMA CHANIN: INDIGO + BIRD'S NEST

HEATH + ALABAMA CHANIN: INDIGO + BIRD’S NEST

Our first collaboration with Heath Ceramics, launched in 2011, has built a lasting, creatively symbiotic relationship. That joint development was a beautifully intensive design process that blended our techniques with theirs. Our Heath + Alabama Chanin line of dinnerware is made by hand, just like our Alabama Chanin handmade Collection. The artisans at Heath etch the designs into clay in much the same way that we embroider our garments. And just as our stitchers initial the garments they create, the Heath artists leave their marks on each of the finished products.

Over the last year, as we began experimenting with our indigo dye house, we became excited about the possibilities of this natural color and the richness and variations it creates. This excitement carried over into our ongoing conversations with Heath about expanding our collaboration. The new pieces build upon our previous work together and today we launch two new themes in our Alabama Chanin + Heath Ceramics collaboration: Indigo and Bird’s Nest.

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The Factory This Week

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.20.2015 – 7.25.2015

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, July 20 – Saturday, July 25:

Join A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, CA for a Studio Style DIY Trunk Show during the month of July. A Verb for Keeping Warm will be offering 15% off of any DIY kits purchased during the trunk show, and 10% off of fabric. The trunk show will run through August 2. Learn more here.

This Friday, July 24 kicks off Alabama on Alabama at Heath Ceramics where you can view and shop the works of Natalie Chanin, Butch Anthony, Rinne Allen, and other southern artists. Visit the Boiler Room @ Heath Ceramics for more information.

And visit us at The Factory in Florence.

STORE HOURS
Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

TOURS
Stop by any weekday at 2:00pm for a guided tour of our space, including The Factory, the Alabama Chanin production and design studio, and Building 14.

CAFÉ
Join us for lunch at The Factory Café this week and enjoy a new menu every day.

Be sure to join us on Saturdays for Brunch featuring seasonal choices that highlight products from local and regional farms and purveyors.

Also don’t forget to take a look in our cooler – fully stocked with homemade ready-to-go items like pimento cheese and egg salad.

We offer freshly baked whole cakes as well. Our cakes are made from scratch, fresh from the oven. Please provide 24 hours’ notice when placing an order.

Custom catering is now available for all events and occasions. Work directly with our head chef, Zach Chanin, and the Alabama Chanin team to create a menu tailored to your needs.

CAFÉ HOURS:
Monday – Saturday, 11:00am – 2:00pm
*Lunch service begins at 11:00am but coffee and snacks are available all day.

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TRAINS: ALABAMA TO CALIFORNIA

TRAINS: ALABAMA TO SAN FRANCISCO

Two years ago, Cathy Bailey and her son Jasper came to visit Maggie and me in The Shoals via train. It was Jasper’s spring break and they boarded the California Zephyr to Birmingham by way of Washington D.C., and traversed the entire country to spend time in North Alabama. Needless to say, Jasper and Maggie became fast friends, our collaboration with Heath Ceramics continued to grow, Cathy and I became even better friends, and the next year, they came again. In a few short days, Maggie and I will be taking the California Zephyr to San Francisco. We’ve come to call it “Jasper’s Trip,” since Jasper has given me (and Maggie) a renewed love for trains.

TRAINS: ALABAMA TO CALIFORNIA

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