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#SouthernMakers 2017 Revisited

Southern Makers 2017 found us in a new city, a new venue, and a few new additions to our celebration! Despite storms earlier in the week and high temperatures, the weather held out for us all weekend and the viaduct at Sloss Furnaces was the perfect retreat from the mid day heat.

The festivities got underway Friday night at Pepper Place Market with a one-of-a-kind dining experience featuring the culinary delights of 5 southern chefs and special guests Natalie Chanin and Mike Wolfe. The food and drinks were delicious and the company divine! The dinner was a perfect introduction to the weekend festivities at Sloss.


Attendees lined up early outside the 19 feet tall x 32 inch wide custom made, salvaged wood entrance. The gates opened at noon and the crowd poured in, ready to enjoy the offerings of around 100 makers. Event goers were able to sample goods, participate in demonstrations, and interact with some of the most talented artists and makers from throughout the state of Alabama. Maker booths and tents were lined up both sides the length of the viaduct. One end of the viaduct supported one of this year’s new features, a craft beer garden, while the other end was home to live musical performances as bands took to the makeshift stage to entertain the crowd.


Another new feature this year was the addition of graffiti artist Moses Pressnell. Moses painted the side of this trailer Saturday and Sunday during Southern Makers. This beautiful work of art is titled “Fly First”. You can follow Moses and see more of his incredible art on Facebook at facebook.com/mosespressnellart.

The other new addition was the Urban Arts Dance Competition and Demonstration sponsored by Alabama Dance Nation. Watching the highly talented dancers battle it out for the big prize was highly entertaining! And… we can’t forget about the concert Saturday night at Avondale Brewery by Single Lock recording artists including John Paul White and Mia Dyson.


Coming through a jam packed weekend, we have to take this opportunity to say a heart felt THANK YOU!! There is no way we can name everyone by name without leaving someone out, as it took a countless number of people to pull off an event of this magnitude. Every single person who played a part in this event, large or small, was needed and appreciated. Our thanks goes out to all of the Makers, Sponsors, those who have worked tirelessly over the past year to help plan every aspect of this event, the Southern Makers and Southern Accents Team, our venues; Sloss Furnaces, Pepper Place Market and Avondale Brewery, the Volunteers, the Chefs, Brewers, the Security and those involved from the City of Birmingham who helped make this happen, and of course our media sponsor Garden & Gun Magazine. Most importantly, we want to thank the attendees! Without you, all the effort would be in vain. We realize your time is precious and we appreciate you choosing to spend some of it with us!

We’ll be posting photos on our social media accounts in the coming days so keep watch! We also want to see YOUR photos! Please post your photos from this past weekend and tag us with #southernmakers2017 or @southernmakers.


The demonstrations throughout the weekend were a huge success! Casting artists from Sloss Furnaces, pizza making with Bill St. John and broom making with George Jones were but a few of the crowd pleasing demonstrations!

The VIP lounge was hopping all weekend as VIP ticket holders were treated to culinary delights and refreshing drinks in the decked out air conditioned tent!


The Pine Hill Haints returned this year, along with other musical guests, to entertain the crowds.


The Beer Garden was a popular new feature as craft beers from over a dozen Alabama brewers were offered throughout the weekend.


Happy faces from makers and guests alike were common under the Sloss Furnaces viaduct! We hope to see you all again next year!!

Southern Makers – 5 Star Dinner with Mike Wolfe & Natalie Chanin

Southern Makers 5 Star Dinner
29th Street at Pepper Place, Birmingham, AL
August 11, 2017

Cocktails: 5:30-7:00
Dinner: 7:00 until

Tickets are now available for this one-of-a-kind dining experience to benefit Southern Makers nonprofit. With special guests Natalie Chanin and Mike Wolfe.

Special dinner guest, Natalie “Alabama” Chanin, is the founder and creative director of Alabama Chanin. She was born and raised in Florence, Alabama, where her company, which creates beautiful hand stitched clothing, is based. Natalie has traveled the globe working as a stylist, costume and fashion designer. In 2013 she won the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge, an award competition that identifies and celebrates the greatest American designers working in the realm of sustainable fashion. Natalie’s fashions focuses on sustainability at every stage of the manufacturing process – from materials and processes, to cultural sustainability in the form of preserving hand sewing skills. Over the years, Alabama Chanin has expanded to include The Alabama Chanin collection, The School of Making, The Factory Store + Cafe, and Building 14 Design + Manufacturing Services.

Mike Wolfe at Southern Makers 2017

Our other special guest for the evening is Mike Wolfe. Mike is the creator and star of History Channel’s American Pickers! While we have all come to know Mike on television as a picker, Mike is so much more than a finder and rescuer of old objects. Mike is an American history buff who’s passion lies in discovering and preserving the stories of the treasures that he uncovers. In addition to American Pickers, Mike is the creator and executive producer of Nashville Flipped, has is own line of American made products and apparel, Two Lanes, and is an avid motorcycle collector and enthusiast!

This very special evening will start at 5:30 PM in the cocktail lounge with libations and a Southern Makers anniversary craft cocktail created by Chris Hastings. Guests will enjoy a five course dinner prepared by a variety of top southern based chefs including: Adam Evans, formerly of Optimist, Atlanta, GA,  James Lewis Bettola, Birmingham AL,  Alex Harrell, Angeline, New Orleans, LA, David Carrier, Certified Burger, Sea Island GA, and Josh Quick, Odette, Florence, AL. Miami’s own, five-star sommelier Heath Porter will pair wine with courses. Each chef will prepare a special plate to add to this one-of-a-kind culinary experience. The atmosphere and surroundings will complement the dinner with an urban farm-to-table feel and theme. Table flourishes include place settings from McQueen Pottery, cotton napkins by Alabama Chanin, flowers by Stone Hollow Farmstead and more. 29th Street to the historic Pepper Place will be transformed for one night only into a joyful dining room under the stars of Alabama. Dress attire for this event is business casual. A very limited number of tickets are available and can be purchased by visiting southernmakers.com.

Alabama Chanin – American Flag Quilt

Natalie Chanin - American Flag Quilt Southern Accents is proud of our Alabama roots. We are always thrilled when given the opportunity to both collaborate with, and lend support to, fellow makers from our home state. This week we received a stunning American flag quilt from one of those makers, Alabama Chanin. The quilt is completely hand-sewn from two layers of 100% organic cotton jersey and features Alabama Chanin’s signature reverse appliqué along with a beautiful blanket stitched border. This incredible work of art is currently on display in our showroom and available for special order.

One of many things that first impressed us about Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of Alabama Chanin, is her vision. Natalie works from her hometown of Florence, Alabama. Florence has a long history of textile production. Sitting on the banks of the Tennessee River, the city was once home to one of the first textile centers in this part of the country. Alabama Chanin is headquartered in a building that was once a sewing, dyeing, and embroidery facility. Natalie’s vision is to see the return of the textile industry to the state of Alabama.

Building a business that is both environmentally and economically sustainable, encourages and supports the local economy which is an effort that Southern Accents can get behind. Alabama Chanin creates their fashions from 100% organic cotton jersey that is sourced sustainably from seed to fabric. Not unlike our own philosophy of rescuing and restoring architectural salvage, we share with Natalie a passion for helping to protect the environment by using and reusing local resources whenever possible.

Southern Accents collaboration with Alabama Chanin is a natural fit. The artistic aspect of architecture and fashion go hand in hand. The bigger connection for us, is the passion that we share for quality and our creativity that produces a back-to-your-roots awareness. Garlan and Natalie are both artists who think “out of the box.” Both recently participated in the highly curated Southern Makers Festival in Montgomery which celebrated the creative heritage that is Alabama.

Collaborations with like minded artists just makes sense to us which is why we are so excited to currently be working with Natalie on some of the interior design aspects of the manufacturing facility and up-and-coming event space, The Factory, in Florence. The manufacturing facility, working under the label of A. Chanin, is intended to make their items more accessible while continuing their focus on sustainable products and practices. We are looking forward to following the progress of Natalie’s newest ventures!

Stop by Southern Accents to view the beautiful Alabama Chanin quilt. You can also view the quilt online at: www.sa1969.com. To learn more about Alabama Chanin, visit them online at: www.alabamachanin.com.

Written by: Lisa Jones

The details of this hand stitched quilt along with the colors of the organic cotton are exquisite! This work of art is 111" x 60" and available for special order.

The details of this hand stitched quilt along with the colors of the organic cotton are exquisite! This work of art is 111″ x 60″ and available for special order.

Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of Alabama Chanin. Photo courtesy of Peter Stanglmayr.

Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of Alabama Chanin. Photo courtesy of Peter Stanglmayr.

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