My husband and I have lived in Nashville for 5.5 years and have inhabited three different homes. A really junky rental home, a very sleek and modern condo, and finally, a 1920′s bungalow that is full of both cracks and character. We bought the last one, so I think we are done moving for a while. In our time searching for the right home in the right location, we thoroughly investigated all of Nashville’s nooks and crannies. We didn’t want to move to the ‘burbs and hoped to be within walking distance to bars, restaurants, parks, etc. We also wanted to feel relatively safe and do all of this within budget. A tall order in a real estate market that seemed to be booming, unlike the rest of the country. We asked around, and friends who live in town always tried to sell us on their district of Nashville, raving about the great food, nightlife, and excellent hipster-watching while down-playing the crime rate. People here have a lot of pride for their neighborhood, as they well should. Nashville is chock full of great pockets, each with it’s own unique flavor. Five Points, Downtown, 12 South, Hillsboro Village, the Gulch, Edgehill Village, Music Row, the list goes on and on. We eventually settled on (and settled into) Sylvan Park. Our ‘hood may be not quite as hip as some of the hot spots in town, but it is a lot like our household. Full of dogs, beer, tacos, and often asleep by 10:00. It is a perfect fit.
This Nashville Neighborhood series features five of my favorites. Buy them individually or purchase the whole set on Etsy.
I grew up in Northern Kentucky. As a kid, whenever we went on vacation and I would tell other kids where I was from, they would ALWAYS ask the same question: “Do you wear shoes there?” I would get defensive, explaining that I wasn’t from “that” part of Kentucky, and try to prove it with my lack of a twang and by pointing to my shiny new L.A. Gears. At the time I desperately wanted to be from a state without stupid stereotypes. Oh, to be from somewhere exotic like California or New York! I would have even happily settled for our neutral neighbor to the north, Ohio. No one there was routinely questioned about their footwear or asked if their parents were related (usually the follow-up to the clever shoe quip). As an adult, I have grown to embrace my state heritage, and appreciate the music, quirky characters, culture, and stunning natural beauty. And after moving to Tennessee, I think I have come to terms with the fact that this part of the country is really now a part of me. Cue the dueling banjos.
Obviously I was feeling a little nostalgic for my Bluegrass roots when creating this poster. Get your own print here.
To quote my favorite fictional tv character, Liz Lemon, ”I want to go there”. Santa Barbara, that is. Or on any vacation locale at all where there is water, sunshine, sand and giant boat drinks. It is July, Nashville is humid, I have a sickly pallor, and am seriously jonesin’ for a vacation.
I worked on this illo several months back for a snack company that makes pepperoni chips (mmmmm…) out of Santa Barbara that has just launched a new look. If you haven’t been to Santa B., you should add it to your list of places to see before you die. I would like to retire and eventually die there myself (when I am really ancient and in my sleep, of course). It is heaven.
Just sent out this promotional mailer to Nashville area businesses. I really hope the front is not lost on the majority who receive it (it spells out Nashville, for those of you who don’t see it right away). I figured it would be an easy read, but I never could find the dolphin in those magic eye posters, so who am I to judge?
Since I love poster design, reading, and all things Nashville, I was honored (and super excited) when asked to be the featured artist for the 2012 Southern Festival of Books. Here are the results!