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Calling All Alabama Makers

Are you an artist, creative, craftsman, chef, musician, brewer, designer – from the state of Alabama? Don’t miss your opportunity to apply for the 4th annual Southern Makers.Southern Makers is unlike any show you’ve ever participated in before! It’s not a craft fair and SO much more than an art festival. It’s a celebration! A coming together of “makers” from across our great state.

Southern Accents at Southern Makers 2015

The date for Southern Makers 2016 is April 30 – May 1 at the historic Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery, Alabama. Tentative plans are in the works for an additional show in 2016… details forthcoming! The application deadline for this highly curated event is quickly approaching! Applications are being accepted through November 20, 2015 and can be submitted online at SouthernMakers.com/application. Notifications will go out January 4 – 7, 2016.

One of many unique creations from Southern Makers 2015

One of many unique creations from Southern Makers 2015

Great example of up-cycling. Old suitcases turned into stereo speakers!

Great example of up-cycling. Old suitcases turned into stereo speakers!

These gorgeous scarves were all hand dyed using natural ingredients.

These gorgeous scarves were all hand dyed using natural ingredients.


SM2015 – One For The History Books!

Trying to adequately describe Southern Makers to those who have never been is a difficult task. It’s neither a craft fair nor an art show, but rather an experience. Our experience this past weekend was nothing short of spectacular! The weather was perfect, the crowds exhilarating, the level of talent impressive, and the camaraderie with fellow makers treasured. This years event was the best yet!

The Southern Accents Booth.

The Southern Accents Booth.

When asked to describe this past weekend in three words, some of the responses from the SA Team were: creativity, passion, inspiring, connections, friends, work, achievement, humbling, thankful, and blessed.Our team returned late Monday after an all night session of dis-mantling and loading the many elements that we contributed to this years event which included the entrance, stage, conversation tent and quite a few vendor booths, including our own. The opportunity to spend time at an event of this magnitude with like minded artists who share our vision and passion makes all of our hard work worth the effort. The icing on the cake was the many conversations that took place with attendees. The excitement that exuded from the crowd was invigorating. And even better is the fact that through our efforts, we were able to help raise funds for a very worthwhile cause, E.A.T. South. 

The 2015 Southern Makers Stage!

The 2015 Southern Makers Stage!

We hope that everyone is following Southern Accents social media pages as we will be sharing more pictures and stories in the days and weeks to come of this unforgettable event. We will also be updating everyone on future events as planning begins for 2016. In the mean time, we would like to thank everyone who worked tireless hours to make Southern Makers 2015 the huge success that it was. We would also like to thank all of the extremely talented Makers for their participation as well everyone who supported our efforts by attending the event. Job well done!

Union Station Train Depot, Montgomery, Alabama

Union Station Train Depot, Montgomery, Alabama

The entrance was a collaboration between Southern Accents and Walker Timber Frames.

The entrance was a collaboration between Southern Accents and Walker Timber Frames.

The large scale replica of the state of Alabama was constructed of salvaged wood and trim and includes a representation of each county. Local artist Leldon Maxcy cut each piece with his scroll saw!

The large scale replica of the state of Alabama was constructed of salvaged wood and trim and includes a representation of each county. Local artist Leldon Maxcy cut each piece with his scroll saw!

Billy Reid's booth was one of several built by the Southern Accents Team.

Billy Reid’s booth was one of several built by the Southern Accents Team.

SA used salvaged wood to construct the backdrop for the Revelator Coffee booth. The tables were created by our friends at Wood Studio!

SA used salvaged wood to construct the backdrop for the Revelator Coffee booth. The tables were created by our friends at Wood Studio!

The Pine Hill Haints closed out the show Sunday night.

The Pine Hill Haints closed out the show Sunday night.


Countdown to Southern Makers 2015

We’re at three weeks and counting!!! Our excitement and anticipation is growing as we are making final preparations for this years Southern Makers event!

Southern Accents at Southern Makers

This is by far our favorite event of the year as it brings together some of the best artisans, craftsmen, chefs, brewers, musicians, farmers, and designers from across the state for one weekend. If you have not seen the lineup of Makers for this years event, check it out… 2015 Makers.

There will be so much to see and do at this year’s festival. Don’t have your tickets yet… what are you waiting for? Tickets are limited… get yours today!

Southern Makers 2015A limited number of tickets for Southern Makers 2015are still available. Pre purchasing your ticket will ensure entrance into this highly anticipated yearly event. The event will take place May 2nd and 3rd in downtown Montgomery, Alabama at the Union Station Train Shed. Available tickets include single day, all weekend pass, or VIP all access ticket which includes an invite to the VIP kick off party on Friday night, May 1st. Children 10 and under are admitted free. Don’t delay… you do NOT want to miss this event! Follow Southern Accents and Southern Makers on Facebook so that you don’t miss out on any of the upcoming announcements, giveaways and exciting news!

The Southern Makers App is NOW available! Download it from the iPhone App Store. The app features event schedules, social media, photos, and makers info.


2014 – Year In Review

It is hard to believe that another year is coming to a close! 2014 proved to be another very busy year for the Southern Accents team. We started the year with a home town salvage mission as we rescued architectural elements from the historical Hays House. The demolition dust had barely cleared the air and we hit the road and headed north on an antiquing trip to Philly. This trip was the first of two buying trips up north, the second taking place in September.

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

April saw us head south to Greenville, Alabama for another salvage mission as we rescued more architectural elements from an 1890’s house scheduled for demolition. The month of May came quickly as we prepared for Southern Makers 2014. This highly successful event will be expanding in 2015 to two days, May 2nd & 3rd.

June was an exciting time as we designed and built staging for NASA On The Square! We also traveled to Atlanta for the Haven Bloggers Conference. Summer quickly turned to fall and we loaded the truck and headed south once again, this time to Chapel Market in Pike Road, Alabama.

As the year began to wind down, Southern Accents traveled to New York in November to attend the BizBash Event Style Awards. We were honored to represent Southern Makers winning a prestigious award for event decor. We also attended the BBB luncheon in Huntsville as Southern Accents was a BBB Torch Award finalist.

Looking ahead to 2015 there are quite a few exciting events on the horizon, many we will be sharing with you in the coming weeks! Thank you for following along with us as we continue our mission of rescuing, restoring, and protecting architectural elements of historical significance. We are looking forward to 2015 and what we expect to be our best and most exciting year ever!!


Chapel Market or Bust!

We loading up the truck last week and hit the road early Friday morning for our last road trip of the year! Southern Accents was at The Chapel Market this past Saturday, October 25, 2014. The Chapel Market was held in a stunningly gorgeous neighborhood in Pike Road, Alabama, located just outside of Montgomery. Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage blog was the event organizer. This year’s market drew an incredible crowd of happy shoppers! Southern Accents was one of 17 vendors offering a varied selection of “vintage goods and pretty little things!” Saturday turned out to be a gorgeous day and we are so thankful for everyone who stopped by our booth. We really appreciate everyone who made a point of letting us know that they read our newsletters and follow us on our social media accounts. We were SO busy Saturday helping shoppers and visiting with so many of you that we didn’t have an opportunity to snap any pictures once the gates opened! We did however take just a few on Friday. If you weren’t able to attend, this is what you missed in our corner of the tent!

A few of the goodies we loaded and took to Chapel Market!

A few of the goodies we loaded and took to Chapel Market!

This was the scene early Saturday morning as we entered the market venue!

This was the scene early Saturday morning as we entered the market venue!

Exact same entrance location... just the opposite side of the road!  What a view!

Exact same entrance location… just the opposite side of the road! What a view!

We worked hard all day Friday setting up our booth.

We worked hard all day Friday setting up our booth.

It was great to have our Cullman neighbors, Littleville Blue in the booth next to us!

It was great to have our Cullman neighbors, Littleville Blue in the booth next to us!

The guys in the SA wood shop worked hard all week making a variety of beautiful items from some of our reclaimed wood.

The guys in the SA wood shop worked hard all week making a variety of beautiful items from some of our reclaimed wood.

Thanks to our wonderful friend Kim Whittaker! Kim brought her gorgeous Haul Couture bags and hung out with us for this event.

Thanks to our wonderful friend Kim Whittaker! Kim brought her gorgeous Haul Couture bags and hung out with us for this event.

The weather was perfect! Lots of sunshine!

The weather was perfect! Lots of sunshine!

Our booth this year was outside under a big tent which meant that we were able to "spread out"!

Our booth this year was outside under a big tent which meant that we were able to “spread out”!

If you missed this awesome event, make sure that you are on our mailing list so that you know about all of Southern Accents adventures! To sign up, simply visit us online at sa1969.com. You can sign up on our front page.

Written by: Lisa Jones

 


Southern Makers or Bust!

If you follow Southern Accents then you should know all about the BIG event that took place this past Saturday, May 3rd in Montgomery, Alabama… Southern Makers! Planning for the 2014 event started a year ago after the huge success of Southern Makers’s 2013. We stayed busy for several weeks leading up to the event constructing backdrops, staging, and props as well as putting the finishing touches on items for our own booth.

If you have somehow missed the information on Southern Makers, this was an incredible one day event celebrating the creativity and innovation that is Alabama! The event, which was held as a fundraiser for E.A.T. South, was a compilation of some of the most talented artists, craftsmen, chefs, brewers, farmers, designers and musicians from across the state gathered together in one place, for one afternoon. Attendees were able to browse and purchase merchandise from talented artists and craftsmen, enjoy tastes from creative chefs and brewers, sit in on educational conversations with some of the makers and enjoy music from three Alabama based bands.

Thanks to our team members countless hours of hard work, Southern Makers 2014 was a huge success! Stay tuned… we’ll be posting more pictures and updates on this fantastic event in the coming days!

Loading up the 55' Chevy... almost ready to hit the road! Feeling a little like the Clampetts!

Loading up the 55′ Chevy… almost ready to hit the road! Feeling a little like the Clampetts!

A few last minute preparations taking place at the Wood Warehouse.

A few last minute preparations taking place at the Wood Warehouse.

Our team arrived in Montgomery Thursday morning and immediately began work building the stage, dumpster wall, entrance, and SA booth.

Our team arrived in Montgomery Thursday morning and immediately began work building the stage, dumpster wall, entrance, and SA booth.

A HUGE thanks to Cullman Sign and Banner for all their hard work!

A HUGE thanks to Cullman Sign and Banner for all their hard work!

The SA team members worked tirelessly for two days. This incredible bar was just one of the many displays that was constructed on site for the event.

The SA team members worked tirelessly for two days. This incredible bar was just one of the many displays that was constructed on site for the event.

This oversized barn door challenged festival goers with the question: "What drives you?"

This oversized barn door challenged festival goers with the question: “What drives you?”

The Southern Accents booth was set up across from the stage.

The Southern Accents booth was set up across from the stage.

The stage is almost set!

The stage is almost set!

Photography / Written by: Lisa Jones


Southern Makers… Success!

Gather the most talented group of artists, craftsman, chefs, musicians and designers in Alabama for one day in a curated event and what do you get… Southern Makers Success! We were privileged to be able to ‘set the stage’ for this debut festival at the historic Union Station Train Shed in Montgomery, Alabama this past Saturday. The first time event was extremely well received, drawing an estimated crowd of around 1,500 despite questionable weather earlier in the day. If you missed this event you will want to mark your calendars and make plans now for next year… we’re going back!

Southern Accents jumped on the band wagon a little late in the game, but it didn’t take us long to catch up! We worked tirelessly for several weeks proceeding this event designing and constructing five unique areas for the sold out festival: the entrance, stage, work shop area, inspiration chalkboard, and the “collage” dumpster wall. Southern Accents mission to rescue, restore, and protect articles of historic significance fit seamlessly with the overall theme of this event.

Timber frame entrance built specifically for the Southern Makers festival

Timber frame entrance built specifically for the Southern Makers festival

Southern Makers attendees first view Saturday afternoon was a timber frame entrance that we constructed specifically for the event. We couldn’t help but show off our new toy, a 1955 Chevy truck, parked just outside the entrance! Inside the shed, we transformed the wood fencing surrounding the dumpster into an artistic display of salvaged goods. Our large “What Inspires You” chalk board was in the middle so the kids and “kids at heart” could draw and write about what inspires them. Throughout the day, many took time to leave their mark on the board, letting us know where they derive their inspiration.

Brightly colored doors, salvaged wood, windows, chain drapery and antique wood carts created an artistic ''stage' for the performers

Brightly colored doors, salvaged wood, windows, chain drapery and antique wood carts created an artistic ”stage’ for the performers

A wall of brightly colored antique doors created a backdrop for the stage which was fronted by salvaged barnwood. Windows connected with chain and decorative chain drapery seemed to hang from the sky overhead, while wooden carts were scattered around to create seating.

Rounded church windows, old shutters and a salvaged wood table top  created just the right atmosphere for the workshop area.

Rounded church windows, old shutters and a salvaged wood table top created just the right atmosphere for the workshop area.

The background for the workshop area was a gorgeous display of arched church windows and old shutters. We also constructed an artistic table from a collage of different colored salvaged wood, beadboard and fluted trim that served as a display counter for the various speakers.

If you were one of the fortunate ones to get a ticket for this exciting, sold out event we would love to hear from you! Stop by our Facebook page and leave us a comment. Let us know what you loved most about the event. Tell us which spot you enjoyed the most:

  1.  Stage & Backdrop
  2. “Collage” Dumpster Wall
  3. Inspiration Chalkboard
  4. Timber Frame Entrance
  5. Workshop Area.

We are already brainstorming to come up with new design ideas for next year’s festival!

The "What Inspires You' chalk board drew a lot of attention!

The “What Inspires You’ chalk board drew a lot of attention!

The dumpster wall was constructed from a collage of antique and salvaged items

The dumpster wall was constructed from a collage of antique and salvaged items

A close up of the dumpster wall.

A close up of the dumpster wall.

Southern Accents 1955 Chevy was on display just outside the entrance

Southern Accents 1955 Chevy was on display just outside the entrance

One of four trailers loaded and ready to roll to Montgomery!

One of four trailers loaded and ready to roll to Montgomery!

 

Written By: Lisa Jones

Edited By: Garlan Gudger, Jr.


Southern Accents at Southern Makers

Southern Accents Architectural AntiquesThere has been an artistic renaissance developing in Alabama for the past several years. Creative artisans in the fields of food, fashion, art, architecture, and music, all passionate about their individual industry, have been working independently to promote their wares. This Saturday they will all gather in one location for the first time! The historic Union Station Train Shed in Downtown Montgomery, Alabama will host a juried selection of talented artists and craftsmen, the best of the best, from across the state. Saturday, May 4th from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm this highly-curated, one day event will bring together legendary artists, chefs, craftspeople, farmers, brewers, purveyors, designers and musicians. Event goers will be able to explore the creative heritage that is Alabama through demonstrations, workshops, tastings, conversations and concerts. There will also be a curated market bazaar featuring goods for sale from Alabama’s top makers. All proceeds from Southern Makers will benefit E.A.T South, a non-profit organization that encourages healthy lifestyles through education and sustainable food production in urban areas throughout the Southeast.

This event, which is rapidly gaining momentum with guests flying in from as far away as New York and L.A., began with a simple idea. Andrea Jean, Tiffany Bell and a few other like minded individuals recognized the immense amount of creative talent that existed across our great state. Traveling around Alabama to experience the various offerings of so many talented artists would take weeks. Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood, along with Matter, a design consulting firm, and E.A.T. South joined forces to create Southern Makers. “GMC and Matter are all about creativity and collaboration in all that they do so creating an event like this for the community, artisans and to further economic development in downtown Montgomery made sense,” said Andrea. “E.A.T. South is a charity that we care about and support. Partnering with them and expanding on last year’s Alabama All Star Food Festival was a good fit.”

When Southern Accents owner Garlan Gudger was approached about becoming involved with this project, he jumped at the chance. “In recent years, Southern Accents has had the opportunity to incorporate architectural salvage into projects for many of the individual makers. There has never been an event like this designed to bring everyone together. We are thrilled to be able to bring our creative ideas to the table in designing and installing the arena for this momentous event. The chance to join forces and work side-by-side with a collective group of the most talented people from across the state is exciting. Southern Accents responsibility is to use their architectural salvage to create an atmosphere for the show that inspires not only the makers but attendees as well,” said Garlan. Garlan will be a panelist for the conversation series “Revitalization of Places Past” which will take place Saturday at 5:00 pm inside the historic Montgomery Visitor Center.

Discounted pre-sale tickets are available at www.southernmakers.com for $10 per adult and $5 for children ages 10 to 15. Visit www.southernmakers.com for a complete list of makers, workshops, conversation series, and other info.

Written By: Lisa Jones

Edited By: Garlan Gudger, Jr.

 


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