Author: Amelia Jane Clarke

Globe at 2213

The Globe Takes a Stroll

  Lots of creative fun in my near future, including repainting the globe. If you missed it, in the process of moving the 8′ globe from under the sycamore tree at 2213 S. 1st it escaped it’s flatbed trailer, just past Cumberland Rd., and started to roll down the street.  Trauma was miraculously avoided! The […]

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Summer in the City

Summer has arrived in Austin!   As an Austin native, I’ve developed a number of ways to take the edge off the harshness of the Texas sun, and it’s the little things that bring a bit of sweetness to your day. I spent a good deal of my youth protesting skirts and dresses, but was […]

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Authentic vs Replicated

There are many things about my work I love, but one part I especially enjoy is restoration. I spend a fair amount of energy mending things, and I find an enormous amount of satisfaction in giving new life to a garment that otherwise might find it’s way to the bottom of a trashcan. Not many […]

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Wearing Vintage

Wearing vintage for me started in an era I now sell in my shop: the 60’s (along with mid-1800’s to 1950’s).  The Summer of Love, Hendrix, Janis, and the British Invasion all had an influence, and it didn’t hurt that I was built like Twiggy. It also didn’t hurt I had a mom who was […]

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When Did We Stop…?

Recently, I was preparing to do some restoration on a small collection of 30’s hats I had acquired, and was reached to my library for inspiration.  For years, I have owned a Dover Press series of books; selected pages from the Sears catalogs and other popular clothing vendors of each decade from 1890 to 1960.  […]

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The Mystery in The Photographs

Yesterday my husband Jerry presented me with a small stack of sepia-toned, professionally made portraits that dated  back to the late 1800’s.  He was impressed by the style of the people; in one a couple is standing straight and proud, in what would have been “walking attire”.  Another shows an older gentleman wearing a casual […]

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Steampunkin’ it up for Google

Here’s an image from another one of our excursions into Steampunk Land.  We had gotten a call from Tyler Hanson to provide some content for an event Google hosted during SxSW Interactive, 2011. It was held at the local club, Speakeasy,( a venue known to be haunted).  We showed up with our Time Machine and […]

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I love it when that happens…

When your shop sells clothes that frequently are over 50 years old, you find yourself with quite a bit of mending.  I have a wonderfully talented friend who has the skill, patience and technology to do the major reconstruction jobs, but I do the hand mending.  As boring and tedious as that sounds to most […]

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Gratitude, Part 1

Every day I show up to work, I am grateful; not only is my job something I find great satisfaction in, the place I go to do that job is a place that I adore. I love the big, grandmother sycamore tree in the front yard,  and the grey rock squirrel that has taken up […]

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South 1st Art Walk 2011

Amelia’s Backyard is hosting some amazing art this Saturday, April 16th during the South First Art Walk!  Neighborhood Renaissance man, Tim Deagan is bringing in paintings that expand physical experiences into visual ones, frequently generated from “Ouch !” and “Wow!”; Rural vet and vivadora Ellen Hinds brings her lively, detailed and welded scutptures of critters; […]

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