Clementine & Co. Jewelry: Simplicity at its Finest

Meet Emily: The Brains and Beauty behind Clementine & Co. Jewelry

Emily is – first are foremost – an artist. With a writer and a carpenter as parents, artistry has been a part of her life since she was a kid. Her childhood memories are full of creation. For example, she remembers her mother taking her to a bead shop on Martha’s Vineyard where she grew up and they spent hours making their own bead creations.

Although Emily was initially more interested in drawing (particularly illustrating children’s books), she gradually found that her passion was in jewelry and metalwork. She enrolled in a botanical themed class at the Penland School of Crafts, which really solidified her talent and passion for jewelry. From there, she started selling her creations at markets on Martha’s Vineyard.

But, you know, no one can resist that Austin charm, right?

So, after a road trip to Austin with her sister, Emily fell in love with the place (like so many do). In 2011, she was able to move to Austin permanently and is currently a proud East Austinite.

“I love where I live because there are so many people who are both creative and motivated. It’s rare to find so many people with both qualities in a community!”

Of course, Clementine & Co. came to Austin with Emily. Lucky for us!

As far as the actual products go, I really do love her designs. They are clean and simple. Timeless. Each piece is handmade by Emily, so each piece is unique to itself. Style-wise there are a lot of natural elements to the jewelry: leaves, feathers, and even seeds are common elements. All the silver is recycled and Emily tries to find suppliers that are ethical and restrict chemical usage. So, basically, once again, your products from the Market are going to be a lot better for you than others!

You guys should definitely take a look at her stuff. It’s beautiful and it really will last the rest of your life, which is a lot more than you can say for the usual Forever 21 or Target buys we all make!

If you want to see and hear more about Emily’s work, check out the links below OR just come see her at the HOPE Farmer’s Market every Sunday from 11:00 – 3:00 at Plaza Saltillo!

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Hello!

I’m Brooke, the author of the blog you’ve just read. Working with the HOPE Farmer’s Market has been so great, but unfortunately I will have to leave HOPE to finish my last semester at Baylor University this fall. I will graduate with a major in political science and a minor in poverty studies and social justice. When I’m not blogging, my days are full of studying for the GRE and applications. I know I’m super exciting this summer, right? But every blog, I’ll let you guys know something a bit more interesting about myself and this week’s fact is:

One time, I zip lined through the rainforest in Costa Rica. It was pretty great.

We’re on the Road!

We’ve got news. The Mobile Farm Stand is getting its finishing touches this week & is ready for its debut!

Although we still have a few things to figure out along the way like weekly routes, sourcing and what kind of wind chime to attach (seriously!), we got an invitation we couldn’t pass up so we’re taking it out on the road tomorrow! Find us popped-up at Kealing Middle School’s Spring Picnic this Saturday, May 13 and see the Mobile Farm Stand for yourself among the Picnic’s potluck, chef demos & community quilt. We’ll be there from 10am-3pm so come say hello! Find Kealing Middle School at 1607 Pennsylvania Drive.

And if you’d like more background on why we started the project and how it got built, be sure to check this great article, “HOPE Rolls Out Bike-Powered Farm Stand” by the Austin Chronicle.

CONTACT: Have interest in hosting the stand or a recurring pop-up market? Talk to us: mobilefarmstand@hopefarmersmarket.org 

Update: The HOPE Farm Stand’s New Wheels

 

History of the HOPE Farm Stand

The HOPE Farmers Market is Austin’s longest runningmarket on the East Side and was the first Sunday market in Austin. We started almost four years ago when many local farmers didn’t have the production levels or resources to come to a second market, especially on a Sunday. The HOPE Farm Stand, a stand alone produce stall at the market, was started to bring in a wider variety of produce to meet customer demand and support small producers that didn’t have the resources to take on a second market. In 2013 we modified to model to additionally source from regional producers, backyard gardens and community gardens. Through these relationships we have been able to support our hyper-local and regional agriculture systems while supplying east side consumers with asparagus, avocados, apples, limes, nopales, flor de calabaza, and peaches!

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The Latest: The HOPE Farm Stand’s New Wheels! 

This year the HOPE Farm Stand will go mobile on the East Side with “Lizzie,” our bike powered mobile produce cart.  Designed by Clay Odom of Studio Modo and built by Christian Klein of Drophouse Designs the mobile farm cart is will transport farm fresh produce in a attractive, practical and sustainable way.”Lizzie”, named after HOPE FM’s former Development Director Lizzie Garret who initiated the project, has moved from the design phase to fabrication (see photos) and will be hitting the street before you know it! We will pop-up at schools, libraries, events, thrift stores and clinics to offer the freshest produce possible where ever it is needed.

Thanks to our incredible friends at In.gredientsWindmill Bicycles and East Side Compost Peddallers “Lizzie” has new wheels. With help from Hop & Grain Brewery and Sons of Fathers the “Boys Bikini Bike Wash” Happy Hour really put the FUN in fundraiser! Check out pictures on In.gredients’ blog.

Support the HOPE Farm Stand! 

Interested in supporting the HOPE Farm Stands quest to go mobile on the East Side? We’ve raised about $3,300 of the estimated $5,000 we will need to get “Lizzie” rolling so any donations, large or small, are appreciated!

Click here to make a tax deductible donation via paypal!

Would you like the HOPE Farm Stand to come to you at your business or event?

Email: farmstand@hopefarmersmarket.org

The Story of the Market: Lizzie Garrett

The next blog in our series is from HOPE FM Development Director Lizzie Garrett, whose vision, leadership and personality have gone into making HOPE FM the vibrant market and community it is today. Lizzie is a tenacious community builder whose super-human work ethic, big heart and unique perspective as a designer bring people together around food, music and art. She’s the kind of person I can brainstorm with for hours and end up with a whiteboard full of drawings and ideas so pretty I want to frame them.

Lizzie is getting ready to head off on her next adventure in a couple of weeks and we sure are going to miss her! Luckily she’s done so much for the market that she will always be part of HOPE FM.

Good luck, Lizzie, and THANK YOU for everything you’ve done for our market and community!

– Alexa Senter, HOPE FM Market Director

Lizzie’s story…

In October 2009, I packed up my car and moved from Virginia to Austin. Within a few weeks, I found my way to the brand new HOPE Farmers Market and was immediately inspired and intrigued. I started off volunteering and over the next 3½ years, I wore every hat possible. People often ask me if I ever plan to use my degree (in architecture) again; I use it all the time. I think of the Market as collective urban design – bringing people together to cultivate an innovative and productive community. We (the Market team) curate the process, but each contributor, from farmer to musician, participates in the creation of a vibrant local economy and culture.

The Market began as a placemaking project, turning a funky East Austin warehouse into a weekly food and creativity hub. It was a multi-faceted experiment and over time it took a great deal of energy to keep it going, especially through the summers. There’s a funny (in retrospect) news clip featuring the Market in 2011 – Texas was in a horrible drought and the story pointed out the distinct lack of farmers and shoppers. We were in a bad spot. Some vendors stuck it out because they were incredibly loyal and believed in the project, but it was clear that we had to make some changes. We couldn’t fix the drought; we could give the project the attention it needed, and I took the position as the first full-time Market Director in January 2012.

The first thing to do was prioritize: focus on food. In order to grow, the Market simultaneously needed more vendors and more customers, but without one it was hard to secure the other. People enjoyed the art and live music but didn’t buy groceries; we promoted food-centered education and programming. Others came to shop but were disappointed by the lack of farmers; we created the HOPE Farm Stand. While technically reselling – a controversial practice among local food purists – the Farm Stand increases access to local produce while supporting, without overextending, growers.

By casting a wide net, we actively reached out to engage the larger community. We hosted neighborhood popup markets, set up booths at local festivals, and presented at a series of lunch-n-learns with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. As health department liaisons, produce peddlers and community connectors (via relationships with local chefs and organizations like Slow Money and Center 61), we established ourselves as valuable resources to our vendors. Finally, we launched a rebranding campaign and a new website to clearly communicate what the Market is and what it does.

It was an iterative and exhausting process, but the crazy thing was that it started working. Incredibly skilled and dedicated people joined the team at just the right moments, and the Market grew into a full-blown organization. We established an informal business incubation program, attracting innovative new vendors and encouraging cross-collaboration and vendor-to-vendor mentorship. By fall 2012, we were setting sales and attendance records on a regular basis.

As it gained momentum, the Market needed a larger and more accessible space. We looked around and set our sights on the beautiful yet underutilized Plaza Saltillo, eventually securing partnerships with the City of Austin and Cap Metro. The big move in March marked the beginning of a new era for the Market. We now accept SNAP benefits and are diversifying our live music program and vendor base to welcome and serve a larger portion of the East Austin community. There are new opportunities for designers to share their skills, including the Mobile Farm Stand (a prototype of which is currently in production). We’re also continuing to push the limits of what constitutes a “farmers market” as the focus shifts toward making healthy food accessible and relevant to more people, at the intersection of community and culture.

As exciting as this new era promises to be, I will be observing from afar. I take off on my next adventure – a move to San Francisco – in a few weeks. To every colleague, vendor, volunteer and supporter who has been involved in any capacity: thank you. Your contributions and imaginations collectively create this wonderful community that is the HOPE Farmers Market.

Lizzie Garrett
HOPEFM Development Director

 


Next up in The Story of the Market Series: Alexa Senter, HOPEFM Market Director

PopUP Farm Stand… Unfolding HOPE!

If you missed our HOPE Likes Bikes Happy Hour celebration last weekend, then you missed the big announcement… we chose StudioMODO as the winner of the AIA Design Voice charrette and design competition!

As you can probably tell from the designs we highlighted last time, it was a hard choice. All of the teams put a lot of effort into their submissions, and we liked each of them for different reasons. However, we think StudioMODO’s “Unfolding HOPE” concept is best aligned with the Farm Stand project’s needs, and it’s hard to argue with the fact that it’s pretty awesome…

 

 

So, we’re already moving forward! We met with Clay Odom and Adam Owens yesterday to go over what we like and what we want to tweak, with lots of great ideas emerging about materials, logistics, and potential collaborations.

The HOPE Likes Bikes Happy Hour was also a huge success in building awareness about the project, developing relationships with bike and food enthusiasts, and raising some much needed project funding. Plus it was a lot of fun… so we’ll be sure to do more in 2013.

Stay tuned about future events, and we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop as the design progresses! You can also keep up with Clay on twitter as StudioMODO works on this project…

PopUP Farm Stand: Design Competition

One of the things we love most at HOPE Farmers Market is the opportunity to collaborate with local architects. This connection is part of what sets us apart from many other markets – as we’re constantly designing a better way for people to interact with each other, local farmers, artisans, musicians and artists. Every year, we work with the UT School of Architecture and other organizations to encourage accessible design on a community level.

One of the ever-evolving projects is our dream of a PopUP Farm Stand – a way to mobilize the HOPE Farmers Market, taking a piece of it out into the community. We teamed up with the UT Professor Steve Ross’s AREA-ER class this past spring, led by Wilson Hack, a graduate student from the School of Architecture. The students designed and built the initial prototype of this concept – a bicycle-powered farm cart – all with no budget and lots of sweat & time! The result is fantastic:

 

For Phase II of this process, we collaborated with AIA Design Voice to organize an open design charrette at the Market to get more community members involved. Teams of designers and engineers donated their Sunday afternoon to develop unique concepts for a bicycle powered PopUP Farm Stand, according to the following guidelines:

 

Designers were invited to explore the market, talking to vendors and bike experts from Bike Austin and the East Side Compost Pedallers. Then they retreated to their drawing boards – hand-sketching, diagramming and model-making (using everything from pipe cleaners to high-tech computer programs). After hours of intense designing and brainstorming, the teams came up with 4 concepts – each completely unique and compelling for different reasons.

 

Finally, everyone put down their pens and pinned up the results: presenting their ideas to the group and receiving feedback and suggestions from a “jury” consisting of an architect, a bike enthusiast and a HOPE vendor.

 

At the end of the day, everyone went home with two weeks to develop their designs and ideas and to put together a presentation board for printing. The boards will be displayed in the HOPE Gallery throughout E.A.S.T and into December, when the HOPE FM staff will narrow it down and focus on one winning design.

Come by this Sunday to see how the designs developed and VOTE for your favorite one! Then stay tuned for updates about this project… scheduled to be designed, built and implemented in 2013!


Special thanks to:
Catherine French, Ellen Hunt, Beau Frail & James Foster of the AIA Design Voice

Steve Ross, Wilson Hack, Tejas Kulkarni, Stephanie Dona, Adam O’Sullivan & Kathryn Zeringue of AREA-ER
and all of the charrette participants – who will be individually highlighted in the next post!