Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Little Artist/Big Artist Program

Kourtney/Holli Brown
Little Artist/Big Artist Program

The Cherrywood Art Fair isn’t just about great local art, music and food, not simply a wonderful place to do your holiday shopping, greet neighbors, and Keep Austin Interesting in a festive holiday setting. In reality, the CAF supports a larger mission: creating art education opportunities for young people in East Austin. The Little Artist/Big Artist project connects local art students with established local artists, giving kids the chance to experience art-making outside of school, and showing them a glimpse of expanded possibilities for the future.

Little Artist/Big Artist pairs six Maplewood sixth graders with six CAF artist participants. Each student/artist team is creating two works of art:(or more),one to be sold in the Silent Auction at the show, one to be kept by the student.

Facilitating these experiences, and promoting art and art education in general, is only a part of the mission of the Cherrywood Urban Landscape and Arts League (CHULA), a non-profit organization designed to benefit arts and artful landscape in East Austin. Previously, CHULA has funded beautification projects on 38.5 street and in Patterson Park, and art lessons for a deserving East Austin student (taught by an equally-deserving, under-funded Austin artist). The Art Fair is CHULA’s main annual fundraising event.

Jane Walton, CHULA treasurer and Art Fair coordinator, envisioned and created the Little Artist/Big Artist project. She said, “My experience in life has been that one thing leads to another. Every artist can point to a time and a person that changed the course for them; someone who listened, or who they listened to; someone who believed in them; or someone whose lack of belief in them gave them the angry energy to move in a direction that changed their lives. I think the more we can provide opportunities for this kind of serendipity, the more that possibilities are multiplied.”

Last year, Cherry wood Art Fair brought over 4,000 visitors to Cherrywood to enjoy the work of over 80 artists and musicians. This year’s event on December 12-13 promises to be no less spectacular. Visit for more info.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Austin Handmade Market-Austin City Limits Music Festival-

Come on out, have a beer , listen to music and do a little local handmade shopping!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Love Your Trees

I being from Minnesota, of course 10,000 lakes and 100 million trees, just wanted to share this pic. Try this next time in your local park and you will( I Promise) feel great, who cares who sees you- LOVE YOUR TREES

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cherrywood Art Fair 2009

Oh the wonderful holiday time is approaching us artists.
As the Artist Coordinator for Cherrywood Art Fair, I invite you to check out and apply for this awesome fair.
Deadline 9/25, show dates Dec.12-13th.
Thanx, Holli Brown

What We Learned In Kindergarden

Friday, September 11, 2009

America the rare!

When I grow up I want to try this!

ok ok I realize the chances of learning this way cool art form are slim in my life, but wow it sure does seem like it would be a amazing job to have-


Arboursculpture is the fine art of manipulating young saplings into a variety of shapes. Once the saplings become trees, the shape is maintained. This is a very long and arduous process and few people in the world are masters of this art.

Visit for more info/pics

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Austin Handmade Event

Come on out and Support Handmade Austin

Sunday, September 6th

Craft Bazaar noon-6pm, Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

Craft fair featuring some of Austin's most talented up and coming artists, craft demos and giveaways, and stuff for the kiddos.

Vendors:Adaptive Reuse,Austin Artisan,BabyBolt,Bottle Up and Explode!,Illustrated Ink,Little Grey Goose,Made with Sweet Love,Model Citizen,One Creative Girl,Pomme Frites,Ramonster,Squid Ink Collective,Sublime Stitching

Plus there will be demos, demos, demos.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

NEW Dish It Out! Jewelry Line

My new line using only collected dishes-plates.
Each piece is a limited edition - due to the nature
of collected plates and ceramic items-

All dishware for necklaces, hair pins and broaches
are selected, hand cut and sanded by Dish It Out Mosaics.
Special orders available. Wholesale orders welcome.
You got Grandmas broken china laying around? Let's use it-
Email me for info and rates:

Monday, August 31, 2009

Fall 2009 Mosaic Class Schedule

Fall 2009 Mosaic Class

ok, after much fun preparation and excitment, We at Holli Brown and Dish It Out Mosaics have our classes and registration online-Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, Holli Brown Mosaics offers a range of classes in a fun, informative atmosphere. We supply all of the materials, tools, adhesive, base items, and grout with discussions on each.A variety of mosaic techniques are explored in full depth.No previous mosaic making experience is required in order to take a class.Plus a NEW Parent and Child Mosaic Class on Saturdays!

Visit us for more information:

NEW Gift Making Series also coming in December. What can be better than a gift that is handmade with love- stay tuned for more information-

hovercraft! Post


Holli Brown Mosaics

We're excited about new ceramic jewelry and mosaics by Austinite Holli Brown. Her exceptional Dish It Out necklaces, broaches and bobby pins are handcrafted from vintage dishware. Broaches attach with super strong magnets, making it easy to add a touch of flair to any outfit!

Thursday, August 13, 2009


Hovercraft! Boutique is carrying my new line "Dish It Out".
Jewelry made from vintage, collected and upcycled dishes and plates.
Mosaic mirrors retro style also available for purchase.
Check out this great store at:
1115 S. Congress Ave. Austin, TX. 78704 512-707-1355
Store front

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Dish It Out!

Dish It Out!
Fresh Fun Funky Jewelry made with recycled dishes

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

My friend the reckless recycler-

Christine Terrell, the creative force behind adaptive reUse is just amazing, She re-purposes things some might consider trash, such as steel from printed containers. Christine says she tends to be drawn to bright colors and bold graphics and many of her pieces reflect this. My all time favorite the Pickle girl necklace!Yes, you guessed it, it made with the tops of pickle jars.Check out the adaptive reUse blog for more information.

Plate Identification

Hey does anyone know the name of this plate, the year, country? I am thinking mid 50's because of coloring, anyone?anyone?

July,5th 2009

Ohhhhh to be sitting on a cool lake with a lily pad in view, so much for that idea! Texas oh yes in the summer, let's all move slowly- Ha