We left Brooklyn with the car packed and Winston in tow! Fender benders avoided and we were quickly out of our home states and into the winding mountains south of the Mason Dixon. Two women travelers on a mission to become road warriors, one dog and 17 hours of driving later and …. Nashville!
After the long drive, we were weary, but warmly welcomed by our good friend and Tennessee native Allie O’Connell. Allie is an inspiration in her own right: A young entrepreneur ready to crack the glass ceiling for women in technology. Allie’s first start-up, Carbon Objects
, developed innovative technology to connect art galleries and collectors. Additionally, Allie has solo travelled around the world whitewater kayaking many of the most intimidating waterfalls and waterways. There was no better person to travel with and introduce us to the Nashville art scene.
But before we could art crawl, we had to revive and check out a few spots to find the wares of young designers! A trip to the farmers market for fresh fruit and local honey and an insanely delicious family style all-out southern cooking brunch at Monelle’s
in Germantown was in order. Grits, pancakes, fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, bacon...and more did the trick.
We visited Native and Nomad
in Hillsboro and connected with owner Kelly Connolly. It was a pleasure to meet someone so committed to designs that are unique and fresh. Kelly’s care for her collection is deep, she can tell you the story of every designer in her shop. We got to chatting and told her our story and we are now carried in our first shop in Nashville!
By evening we were ready for art! The two highlights of the night were Zeitgeist Gallery
and Fort Houston
. At Zeitgeist, for the show Therely Bare Redux, Allie Introduced us to Lain York - a venerable pioneer of the Nashville art scene. His energy and vast knowledge of Nashville’s transformation from regional to nationally recognized was fascinating.
The artists, designers and tinkerers of Nashville are serious about their love of DIY and nowhere was that more evident than at the Fort Houston maker space. Situated in a massive warehouse this community of artists/makers/designers are customizing motorcycles, 3D printing, screen printing, woodworking, making furniture and so much more.
As we roamed the halls, we couldn't help but be inspired by the spirit of ingenuity and creativity. It's definitely refreshing to explore a different designer/maker scene than the one we're always in (Brooklyn). What else is cool about Fort Houston? You can become a member
and get access to their workshops and even rent desk space. I really appreciated the passion and drive felt in Nashville and will be looking forward to going back soon!
Thanks Nashville for sharing your music, southern cooking and creative spirit.