Hello! Tell us a little bit about yourself, Studio B, and what you will be bringing to Feliz this spring
Hi! I’m Hallie Brewer and I am a printer and designer living in Austin. I recently moved back from Chicago where I attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My focus was in Print Practices and Fiber \ Material Studies. Studio B developed from a desire to continue my love of printing and surface design. I sell one-of-a-kind hand-printed textiles for the home and body. I produce everything myself, from the dyeing of the fabric to the finished sewing. I only work with natural fibers, and I recycle materials where I can. This will be my first chance to share my goods with the Austin community and I’m really looking forward to it!
What inspires you the most to wake up everyday and create? And what inspires the simple yet fun prints in your designs?
If I can wake up everyday and produce something with my hands then I am living a good life. Creating satisfies my curiosities and challenges me to explore unknown territories.
My prints stem from my drawings. I keep an ongoing ‘shape’ journal where I draw forms I’m attracted to. It can be anything from a fig leaf to an ancient pottery tool. I then reduce the form to its most basic shape and sometimes make a stamp from it. The patterns come about pretty organically from manipulating and playing with those shapes until I reach a repetition I like.
What medium would you like to explore that you haven’t already?
I’ve been interested in working with concrete and plaster to make sculptural objects. I’m currently in the research phase.
Do you listen to music while you are creating? If so, what are some of your favorite tunes to work to?
Music is a necessity while I’m working and what I listen to depends on my mood. Currently on my playlist is Angel Olsen, Cocteau Twins, Mac DeMarco, Smiley Lewis, and Jacaszek.
And lastly, what is something silly you can’t live your life without?
All images via Hallie Brewer