Thanks everyone who came out to Bolsa and Smoke over the weekend to shop the Dowdy Studio Wagon! We had a blast and also did some dancing. Here's Pamela's little Wagon jig. Dylan's did one too, we'll be sure to post it soon. Cheers!
Friday night a Bolsa was great awesome. We love taking pics at Bolsa. It's completely not possible to take a bad shot. The whole building and scenery are beautiful.
We outfitted our print wall with some framed artwork, new $5 screenprinted notebooks, and we've still got a few Foxy Fox coasters left.
If you need a Dad gift for the upcoming Father's Day holiday, we've got a plethora of awesome rock'n tees for Dad....and for you.
Ladies, we still have you covered with our tri-blend super soft v-neck tees. That's the Grand Whale there. He's the nautical musical beast, never actually seen by the naked eye, but we have drawn his likeness from a very detailed description that we made up.
We have a few pillows left, and are making some more. These guys really don't stay on our shelves very long, so if you fall in love, you better make that pillow yours before someone else marries it.
We also decided to stay for brunch on Sunday. Why not, I mean the food just keeps getting better and better and we love meeting everyone coming and going.
Last night we took the Dowdy Wagon over to Smoke Restaurant next to the Belmont Hotel in Oak Cliff and hung out for some happy hour good times. Smoke is in a nice location, on a Dallas hill, so the views of downtown are beautiful. We snapped a few pics and a few more pics. Enjoy! Oh and P.S. try their brisket. It's A M A Z I N G!!!
Join us tonight and Friday and Saturday for some Dowdy Wagon in cool places. Grab a bite and shop the Wagon. We missed you Dallas, since we were in Austin last weekend, so we can't wait to see your faces!!
Next to the Dowdy Studio Wagon were some more familiar faces from f is for frankshowing off their jewelry designs.
Next to f is for frank, we found Loop + Lil, a children's designer, and Silas Tom,a print artist. They're both from Dallas too, which made our corner of the room the Dallas Contingent.
We saw a couple of familiar faces, Handmade Julz, who moved to Portland from Dallas and Studio Erico, who also migrated to Austin from Dallas. It was like a little Dallas reunion seeing these ladies again.
The booths and artists seemed to go one for miles in the large convention center. There was so much to see and shop. If you missed it, go see the artist page here.
**UPDATE** You can find Brew Riot tees now in our online shop. click here
Last summer we kinda stumbled into (and out of) one of the greatest events we could ever fathom, Brew Riot!!
It was a warm weekend evening, and we had just finished packing up our handmade goods for the day from a Dallas show we were in. Our spirits were high, but our thirst needed to be quenched. When we heard rumors of a beer tasting event in the Bishop Arts District, our ears perked up, we cheersed our figurative custom engraved beer mugs, and ran over there to see what all the fuss was about. We had a blast at the 2nd annual Brew Riot trying all kinds of local brews and new beers.
When they needed tees done for this year's event, they asked us to design their 3rd Annual Brew Riot tshirts!! We power clinked our figurative mugs again in joy, and got to hand drawing a very cool design for the event. You can see a little of the hand lettering we did in this earlier blog post.
The tees are a 100% cotton, hand screenprinted, prewashed, smoke gray tee, and will be on sale at Brew Riot for only $15. Yup, that's just fifteen buck-a-roos!
Summer is the sweetie pie behind the blog, Athena in the Middle, which catalogs her journey of becoming a pastry chef, becoming parents through adoption, fashion, foods, fun in NYC, and her daily life. We first met Summer when she approached us to design a custom tattoo in remembrance of her loving father who had passed. We loved working on this project, we actually got to experience the love Summer felt for her father as she described his interests and hobbies. It was magic.
Summer's tattoo has yet to be inked, but you can check out the final design on her blog here.
Today is also Summer's birthday!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY SUMMER!! So we thought it would be fun to give away two of our 5x7 prints on her blog. Check in there and see how you can win. There's many ways to enter, but the deadline is June 1st, so get over there and enter the contest.
This past weekend we had the incredible oppertunity to bring the Wagon to the Homegrown Music and Arts Festival in downtown dallas. We had a blast! We met great people, artists, and music lovers of all kinds.
Our little Dowdy Wagon looks even smaller next to huge downtown buildings.
We somehow managed to grab the best seat in the house. We loved watching the bands play right outside our back entrance to the Wagon.
Just outside the Dowdy Wagon, we had a large lawn party of people watching the bands.
Also ran into awesome Austin artist, Jason Ice. Him and his mohawk were showing off some awesome talent in action. If you're in Dallas, go see his gallery show, Souled Out!
Lawn party out our side window!
Thanks for coming to Homegrown Dallas!!! You all rock! We are also so happy to see Dallas bringing back the bands. Thank you to all who helped put this show on. We are forever your fans.
We wanted to celebrate taking the Dowdy Wagon to the Homegrown Music and Arts Festival this Saturday by doing a quick one day giveaway on our Facebook page. We asked everyone to pick their perfect concert tee from our Dowdy Studio shop and post a comment on our page of which one they picked. Then from the comments we picked one winner to recieve 2 free tickets. We also surprised the winner with the tee of their choice. We had a bunch of fun doing this contest and we wanted to show you how we picked our winner.
It's always tough trying to figure out how to best pick a winner at random. We though about just picking a number off the tops of our heads, but that was boring. Then we thought how fun would it be to put our intern, Chester the kitten, to work. He's been pretty lazy around the studio lately, so it was about time we gave him a real job to do.
Chester is a sucker for kitty treats, so we figured we'd lay out numbers corresponding to the comments left on facebook, then put one cat treat on each one, and let him pick the number based on which treat he went after first. He did end up eating all the treats, so really Chester loves you all.
Howdy Hey! Dowdy Studio is having a SUPER SALE thru the month of May at IndieGenius. All our tees at IndieGenius, the Dallas micro-boutique, are just $15. We wanna make your closet rock!! So yah, each tee is only $15!! The month of May is also the last month you will be able to shop the Dowdy Studio boutique at IndieGenius. We'll be packing up and moving out at the end of May, so this is also our farewell sale. We're sad to go, because this shop is totally awesome, but now we'll have more time to focus more energy in the studio making new designs, like the Super Ride, and go out and play in the Dowdy Wagon more often.
There are also a few cool events coming up at IndieGenius. Be sure to mark your calendars to come out, shop and have fun!
We love taking the Dowdy Wagon out, especially when we get to go listen to great bands in the middle of down town Dallas for a whole day! We're happy to call this our 2nd visit to the Homegrown Music and Arts Festival. Last year Dowdy Studio rocked it at the first inaugural concert. See if you can spot us in this video from last year. Yah, we were on the local news!! (look Mom)
Many people ask us if we R E A L L Y hand-draw our designs, and the answer is yes!! Each design we do is an original hand-drawn illustration that starts in our brains and ends up on on our Dowdy Studio goods. We love getting into a pile of paper, pens and ink and spilling our creativity all over it. We just can't help ourselves.
This week we're working on a tee design for the 3rd Annual Brew Riot, a home brew beer tasting festival and competition in beloved Oak Cliff. Local homebrewers compete in the streets showcasing their craft brews alongside live music, games, and more. Several regional microbrewies will also be on hand sampling their wares and answering questions. A suggested $20 donation benefiting non-profit Go Oak Cliffis all they're asking to get in on the beer sampling.
Here's the proof that we draw it all by hand:
Proof #1: wheat stock
Proof #2: a little hand lettering
Proof #3: a little hand-drawn script
Go Oak Cliff will be selling our limited edition Brew Riot tees on site, so get there early, grab a tee and enjoy the beers!! You'll be glad you did.