I was invited to photograph Wildwood Revival, an eclectic community of inspired artists and like-minded folk brought together by one common thread: music. These are some of the pictures I took while I was there. This is the festival's second year, and although I didn't attend the first, I fell completely in love with the second. Everything about it was intimate and tailored -- the setting was beautiful, with a welcoming invitation to camp out both nights, before and after the music started, lingering into the night after the music ended, sharing a bonfire and sharing a meal. This happened to be a date night for John and I, and it felt like we were experiencing something magical; we were both so excited to be there. There were families with bundled up little ones, artists selling their work, friendly people, an eggie trailer transformed into a photo booth, local beer and food, and obviously, incredible music (to see this year's lineup, visit their site). The sun setting over the pastures, seeing the tents and teepees dotting the fields, and the smoke rising from a few fires, all of it was incredibly beautiful. Jessie and his wife Wendy host the festival on their property. They invite the artists who perform, they recruit sponsors, promote the event, and pour tons of energy into making it happen. I am so glad that they do. I am so glad that this exists. If you haven't made it out yet, be on the lookout for the next event. With all of the things I love about Athens, it was an adventure to get just a little ways out of town and enjoy music, food, beer, and fall weather with some lovely folks in the country.
And friends, I am proud to announce the initial offering of prints from Nettles and French, which you can view and purchase on our site, nettlesandfrench.com. They come in a range of sizes and are priced perfectly for holiday gift-giving. I can't say enough about how pleased I am with the quality of our canvases, printed by our friends at Dapper Ink. The clarity, color, and texture are so delicate and perfectly compliment the aesthetic of our work. If you live in Athens, you're invited stop by the Shotgun House (543 Pulaski Street) tomorrow between 5 and 9 pm for a holiday market. I'll be there selling our prints, along with some other incredible artists selling their work. We'll have treats and perhaps a little wine. I would love to see you there, and show you what Eve and I have been working on. There is something special about holding the prints in your hand. The next step for Nettles and French, besides continuing our work when Eve returns from France, is to set up a newsletter through which we can easily share our upcoming events. We plan to have openings for each of the releases, and we look forward to sharing those evenings with you. I will be sure to share that link when it is available.
In the meantime, our little family is getting excited to share Christmas and spend time together. My sister just gave birth to a beautiful little girl, Anne Marie, and I traveled to meet her this past weekend. I also got to travel on to Asheville and spend a couple of days with some amazing women; I value them so much. My heart is full and thankful. One last thing -- we started an Instagram account for N + F -- @nettlesandfrench. We'll be sharing new work, behind the scenes photographs, pop-up shops and more. I hope that you'll have a chance to see the new site and follow along with us on Instagram. xo