Marfa, Texas, has fascinated the American imagination since we saw James Dean cross our wide movie screens in 1956’s Giant. It can seem both stubbornly Texan and confoundingly trendy at times, but it actually holds a great deal of magic for those willing to make the journey. Liz Lambert’s El Cosmico is a campground wonderland of brightly colored vintage campers, teepees, yurts, and lots of open spaces. Marfa can bring out your nomadic spirit if you embrace the intentional lack of wi-fi and communal kitchens and fire pits. And the darkness. After the sun sets, Marfa is one of the darkest places you may ever experience, making the stars brighter, in turn.
Natalie will be visiting for the 12th Annual Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love at El Cosmico from September 28 – October 1. The festival includes music from a number of talented artists (including Tift Merritt, Wilco, and Jenny Lewis), lots of community dining, a wide variety of workshops, and an epic sandlot baseball game. Natalie will be hosting a workshop on Stenciling, Hand Sewing, and Creative Process on Friday, and there are also workshops hosted by friends and fellow travelers Rinne Allen and the Kitchen Sisters. For more information on the festival, tickets, lodging information, and all other necessities, visit the El Cosmico website.