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Dawna Gillespie, House Shows, Architecture, Farmer's Market

A look at metal artist Dawna Gillespie; House Shows in Lubbock, TX; The Art of Architecture; and the local Farmer's Market.

AIRED: October 15, 2019 | 0:28:48

(metal file scratching)

- It really bothers my soul, so to speak,

to see everybody wearing the same stuff

over and over and over.

The whole purpose of my work is to defy our society's need

for mass produced accessories, specifically jewelry.

(chill music)

I utilize hammering

and etching and patinas

to kind of tell the story of the textures

that actually happen to our soul

as we live throughout our life.

I was originally a painter,

and I started out coming into Tech

with over 60 hours of painting.

I took one metalsmithing class,

and I completely fell in love with the process,

and the medium, and I became extremely hooked on it.

Copper and brass, the story that it kind of tells

and that it lends itself to as far as over time,

the oxidation and the patina that it gains,

I really like how that connects with our story as a human.

Experimenting and trial and error has been a huge part.

Because I only had the one metalsmithing class at Tech,

everything else past that has definitely been self-taught,

with a lot of, like I said, trial and error.

I do a lot of reading, I watch a lot of videos,

I have a lot of books in my studio

that I use to kinda help me with different techniques.

I actually use ammonia rock salt to create that color.

I usually take ammonia rock salt

and combine it into a tub with leaves and dirt,

then I take the piece that I'm tryna get that color on,

and I submerge it into that tub,

and I usually set it in there from 24 to 48 hours,

and then I'll take it out,

and I'll lay that piece on a bed of ice,

and then I take a torch on top of that.

The combination of the heat and the cold at the same time,

and the leaves and the dirt that were stuck on there,

is how you get the textures

and the color variation on those pieces.

My first solo show was actually titled Textured Soul,

and that is actually me.

And I did a self-portrait in one of my necklaces.

My necklaces that I've done in the past,

up until this point, they evolved.

The designs have kind of been my diary so to speak,

so if you open up my design book and look at some of 'em,

you'll literally see teardrops

that have kind of wrinkled the pages.

I don't journal or anything like that,

this is my journaling.

I actually hand-fabricate everything,

which means I hand-saw everything.

I also hand-file,

and then from what, that point,

after I have everything sawn out and filed,

at that point I start drawing on my etchings,

and I actually draw on all of my own etchings as well.

A lot of metalsmiths that do etching,

they incorporate PNC paper to where they're,

taking the film and putting it onto the metal,

and transferring an image.

I actually really find that hand-drawing

with an ultra-fine Sharpie

is how I get a lot of the variation of line

in my etching designs, and then after that

I use patinas and oxidations to kind of add to the color

and the aging process,

and then I connect it all using hand-made rivets.

I think the phrase one of a kind is kind of overused.

It's a lot of work to get people to understand

that I literally never duplicate any of my work,

any of my designs.

So that's something, when I do an exhibition or a show

and I'm able to be there,

that I really try to get people to comprehend,

and try to get them to wrap their head around,

because it is, it's pretty crazy

to try to never reproduce any of your pieces,

to try to be able to continuously create new collections

every year without duplicating anything,

so in and of itself, it's actually a huge challenge for me,

which I love.

I love the challenge of, okay, I've already done that,

let's see how I can change that around.

So that's a lot of fun,

to being able to challenge myself

and then challenge others as well at the same time

to try to understand what I'm doing.

I think that there's so much more in life

than just what somebody says is important

or what somebody says is trending.

So that's part of the legacy that I wanna leave behind,

not only for the public but also for my son.

I want him to understand that he has his own voice,

he can be an individual,

and he doesn't have to follow what other people do.

And so, he's also been the driving force behind what I do.

(funky bass music)

- My name's Tyler Simpson, and I am a resident of Lubbock,

and I used to reside at the Gypsy House.

The name Gypsy House comes from the original,

the original occupants.

They kinda came up with that.

It started out as just a house.

This was in 2011,


it was some cats from all these different places,

and they moved in after their freshman year,

after the year in the dorm,

and then I moved in to the Gypsy House in 2017,

and, we started doing house shows a little after that,

that fall, so that was like two years ago.

- My name is Adam Mulsow,

and I used to live at the Bright House.

The Bright House was a house venue here in Lubbock, Texas.

It was active, probably, from,

I wanna say,

2007 to 2009.

- My name is Andrew James,

I play in Herman and the Divine Madness, and Fool's Caravan.

- The scene, I would say, the house show scene moved

from a place called The Sweatshop,

which was just over in Tech Terrace.

Right around the time they were closing down,

we sorta started going, and,

not really on purpose,

it was a place me and a few other people were living,

and we had a big open dining room space,

and we weren't having dinner parties or anything,

so it was just open,

so some friends of our asked if they could play,

because there weren't any other house venues at the time.

They played, other people saw that show,

and wanted to play there also,

and it just kinda snowballed from there,

people kept asking, and we kept saying yes.

Two of the people that lived in the Bright House

were DJs at KTXT at the time,

and KTXT was a huge part of the scene,

the music scene in general.

KTXT was just yeah, a really,

unifying force in the scene

as far as, everyone kind of listened to it,

and so, it let everyone know what was going on, what shows,

and so for us at the Bright House,

we, as DJs, we'd put up a flier in the studio,

and just say hey, if you wanna talk about it on the air,

do it, and people would promote the shows there,

and so, we got a lot of people that would start coming out.

Again, that was, enabled us to actually have a crowd there

for bands that might not otherwise typically draw a crowd,

if they were just starting out

or they were from somewhere else

and no one here had ever heard of them,

and so we could have really good shows, really fun shows,

pretty much on like a Tuesday night,

didn't have to be any big event really.

- A lot of bands, like their first couple shows

were at Gypsy House.

House shows provide an opportunity for young bands

to sort of play live,

learn how to play to a room,

volume-wise and as well as energy-wise.

And that's kind of a really tough thing to do,

if you're put straight into a big club.

- It kind of forces you to become accustomed to,

playing through things like,

maybe the crowd being, right up in your face,

or even getting the microphone knocked into your mouth, and,

play through it.

(trippy rock music) ♪ Long to you

♪ Then I will be ashamed

♪ And if that meant more to you ♪

♪ Then I will be a--

- So, I think that house shows have had a really big impact

on the Lubbock music scene.

They've been sort of a, a lifeline for it at times,

and, at other times just a small part of it,

because, Lubbock's right on this edge where,

they can support bigger shows,

they can support bigger venues, but,

then sometimes some venues go under,

and they're gone for a while,

and then the house shows kinda fill in that gap

and really are just the place where people come together.

- It definitely exposed people to music

that they maybe otherwise wouldn't hear,

but also people that they otherwise wouldn't meet.

That's the thing about these genres,

is they kinda have their own sub-scenes, if you will,

and the fact that we were able to sort of have

a wide variety of music play, even on the same night,

would expose all these people, young, old,

old metalheads, young college students,

so it just built a wider community.

That, was the primary purpose of Gypsy House,

just connections and networking and building,

they I mean, they call it the scene,

but really it's just the community of people

that appreciate art, are artists,

or generally involved with the arts in some capacity.

And, I don't know,

I think that was the best part about the house.

I mean the music was great,

killer bands from all over the world,

but it was the fact

that we were just building a bigger and bigger community.

- I've always preferred playing house shows

just because they're, they're a lot more intimate,

and, it, it feels like there's a, just a lot less pressure.

And, 'cause it's, I mean it's like playing at home.

- It's clear that house shows

were just one of the rare opportunities.

Lubbock does not have a lot of places

to break in to the scene so to speak,

and a lot of other cities, like Seattle, Portland,

L.A., New York, there's clubs of all sizes.

As Lubbock gets bigger and, this scene is no longer,

I mean people still call it the underground,

but it's really not.

If you're not aware of it,

the events happen so frequently and so publicly that,

if you're not involved,

I think you're kind of just blind to it.

It's kind of in your face.

- I'd realized that there is this whole world of, just,

magical going on that I had been looking for


a long time, and,

I'd like to see more venues do shows like this,

but I don't want the house shows to die because,

as a,

as a young kid, then,

one, it gives, gave me an outlet

to go do those things outside of the bar,

and then also,

it just gave this space for folks who are,

maybe been, always been a little bit on the strange side,

to just simply be there and be nothing but yourself,

without receiving any judgment or anything.

More often than not, you're seeing encouragement,

whether you're, whether you're a spectator or,

or a performer.

I feel like house shows kinda provided that for me

and a lot of other people.

(indie rock music)

- You know, what you perceive to be architecture

and what we do is changing all the time,

so, yeah definitely,

definitely is a little different than what you think of

when you're young, and think of,

here's what I'm gonna be doing every day.

Everything's digital, everything's on the computer,

we do some hand-sketches and some things of that nature,

but other than that everything's modeled on our computer.

♪ The perfume that the air would bring ♪

♪ To the indolent town

- So, at any given time, we're designing houses

in 10, 12 different styles,

depending on the customer's likes and dislikes.

Y'know, we kind of have our personal preferences of what,

what we like, and the styles

that we're most comfortable with,

but, we certainly work in all styles.

And sometimes, customers don't necessarily know

what style fits them, so,

sometimes they have a really hard time verbalizing

what that might be, whether it be, for instance,

a traditional, French farmhouse, country-style, modern,

and so we often will explore multiple things,

and in the process of revising and reworking that,

it often gets better and better,

so as we, as the project evolves,

I think that yes, it does get better.

This is the,

the master suite of the home,

and in this room, they've got custom ceilings,

a fireplace centered between a glass surround.

♪ But here I dreamt I was an architect ♪

- And the closet is actually two stories.

So this, this is a continuation of the closet,

and it actually has a storage room off to the side of it,

safe room below the upstairs.

So this is the main closet, secondary closet,

and then the third storage room.

So a tremendous amount of storage.

(funky music)

- Y'know, I had one situation one time where,

the customers didn't necessarily like

the very starting layout,

and, I think part of it was that the husband and wife

didn't necessarily agree,

and that made it a very big challenge, because,

if they couldn't agree, it was very hard for us to,

you're trying to cater to both sides, and,

if you can't appease one or the other or both,

then it's very hard to get past that first step.

Residential work is always more challenging

than commercial in that regard, because,

it's very personal,

and they're gonna be there all the time,

and they want their style to reflect in that home,

and their styles may not be the same.

So, you have one set of wants and needs,

and another set of criteria that you're trying to cater to.

So, commercial is usually more defined, and,

we have these specific needs,

and we want it in this fashion,

and so it's very programmed before it gets to us,

so, the biggest challenge in the residential is the,

taking it from, we need three bedrooms and two car,

and then figuring out, okay,

but do you also need this, this and this,

and so, as we find out more and more

about what they really need,

we can kind of hone in on a solution for them.

♪ Crime

♪ It was a perfect, a perfect,

♪ A perfect, a perfect,

♪ A perfect, a perfect

- We furnished it, but we haven't,

there's nothin' on the walls yet, it's still kind of bare,

but, we're just kinda gettin' moved in.

And so we look for very unique details,

in this house in particular,

but you'll notice there's no door trims.

Taller eight-foot doors,

white and black high-contrast hardware,

lighting ledge, to kind of have a different light output.

I'll go with the rainbow effect for you.

(remote clatters)

'Cause it is, to be honest with my experience, when,

when a husband and wife,

when partners don't agree on the end outcome,

it's a long run.

It makes for a challenging build.

'Cause it's not just the style but,

then you're picking out tile and floor and,

it makes it challenging.

We had a little fun with this, so,

we would do sample boards as we went,

and we would let our son who, is,

he was two, he's now three,

we'd lay out some floors and say, which floor,

and he picked the floors, he picked the stain color.

(laughs) We had fun with it,

and it's pretty interesting, because his intuition,

his selections were what I would've picked

on a lot of it as well, so.

♪ A perfect, a perfect,

♪ A perfect, a perfect crime

♪ It was a perfect crime

- You know, one thing that we do

that I would say is different than a lot of people

that design homes, we work in 3D software.

We do this for both commercial and residential projects.

And in working in 3D

and actually modeling every bit of the home,

historically, architects and draftsmen would draw,

line by line, and work from there,

and then they might model,

make a physical small-scale model of the, the project.

And we work within a program that allows us to model it

in 3D on the computer,

so what's really interesting is we can render out,

we can render examples

of what your living room might look like.

We can render the exterior

and show you a very realistic color view of that project.

So, this has been, for us, and a just, magnificent tool

to help homeowners see what their end result will be.

And make color decisions,

and, decisions down to the rug they might put on the floor,

way in advance opposed to,

a lot of people aren't as comfortable with the 3D,

as far as visualizing and thinking about what that might be,

so when you give them a 3D image

verse a black and white, two-dimensional drawing,

it just does wonders for helping them think

and plan about their project.

♪ Stay

(paper and plastic rustling) (faintly speaking)

- My passion really comes from loving plants,

but also,

wanting to grow nutritious, organic food,

and have it available in this community.

Lubbock Downtown Market

isn't like any other market out there.

I think some people come just for the experience,

which is awesome.

People want farm-to-table.

People wanna know where their food comes from,

what's in their food.

Lubbock is really hungry for it right now.

So I'm from Lubbock, have roots here, my parents live here.

They help out, they are part of our LLC.

Josh, my other business partner, has roots in Lubbock,

he grew up around here.

It's really, Josh and I work the farm, and that's really it.

- [Josh] Did you have an idea what you wanted to go in with?

- I was thinking,


We're in August, and this list is carrots

for August.

- [Josh] Jason, y'know, he just wants the orange carrots.

- [Quail Feather Farms Owner] Yeah,

so I was gonna split that out,

I wasn't gonna mix 'em.

- Well, whatever you think,

I didn't know if you wanted to do a mixed bed,

and then one bed of just orange,

or do,

strips where we'd know that the orange is in

one strip. - Yeah,

maybe we do strips.

- [Josh] A lot of agriculture in this area is,

plant one thing, one time, harvest it one time,

good luck to you.

(clears throat)

You know, the scale of what we're producing,

that's, not a possibility, so,

we're constantly planting,

planting things in succession,

experimenting with what will work well,

90 days, a quarter, a part of the season, in advance,

is really how far you're thinking.

And, that being said, we're already developing

and procuring for winter, for spring, y'know,

so, it's kind of just one slowly lurching project.

- [Quail Feather Farms Owner] And it's something

that we work on a lot,

just because, I don't know,

one thing can work great for us,

and it doesn't work for somebody else, or vice versa,

and so, right now we're compiling our own data.

And we also do soil analysis.

- We are compliant to all the,

the certified organic practices,

but the, the other half of that,

and really I think maybe the more important half is,

how we're building up the soil health

and what our plan is of that.

Big Ag was started as a reaction

to people very literally starving and being food insecure,

and so,

we don't wanna go backwards, or erase those gains.

Y'know, a lot of what we do here is done out of love

and love for it, and love for the people who consume it.

And, to sort of, recapture some of the lost elements

of our food system.

Feed people a little better.

- [Ashley] I've been inspired

by lots of different people along the way.

One of my biggest inspirations

was a 13-year-old chicken farmer.

(laughs) And he had this whole spiel

about how we should feed people better food,

and they'll be less sick,

and there is a lot to that,

kinda make ourselves sick sometimes.

And, it's important for younger people

to be really interested.

The generation that is farming

is getting older and older and older,

and they're also not passing it down to their kids and so,

that's kind of how farming used to be,

you used to have to do it, that was the family farm.

And now more people are choosing to do it.

And yeah, it's completely inspiring.

- [Farmer] Most people always think

it's (laughs) my dad running it.

Before I could drive, the joke was, is that,

he was my Uber driving me around.

'Cause I started this when I was 14. (laughs)

I was the kid sittin' out on the driveway

eatin' green onions when I was little.

So, (laughs) yeah.

I like growin' stuff.

And I was like, hey, I like growing stuff,

and there's a farmer's market here.

So I can sell stuff.

And, yeah.

(laughing) Then I started growing a lot of stuff.

And now we sell it at the farmer's markets,

and to restaurants.

It grew a lot faster than I thought it was going to.


Basically, every week we just send out a fresh-sheet,

which has got all of our wholesale pricing on it

to all these restaurants,

just what we have available,

and then they just kinda pick out whatever they want,

send me an email, and I get it bagged up, packed up,

and take it to 'em.

Most of the restaurants that we're working with

are by word-of-mouth between restaurants right now,

because I go into other restaurants

that haven't heard of me yet,

and I'm like, hey, I grow stuff, buy my stuff,

and then they're like, what are you doing in here, kid?

(laughs) Yeah.

It's great workin' with restaurants,

because it's a lot easier to bag up one-pound bags of stuff

than sittin' there doing little quarter-pound bags

of stuff for the farmer's market.

So dealing with larger sized quantities is a lot easier.

I mean there's some great people

that come out to the farmer's market,

and, I mean, some of 'em have been buying from me

since the first week we've been out there.

And, it's great to have those loyal customers.

But at the same time, we're tryin' to expand

and do more volume.


We're finishing up setting up all the final bits and pieces

of our washing and packing room,

to where we can get certified

so we can start selling to wholesale distributors basically,

and then eventually grocery stores.

That's just kind of our long-term goals,

to be able, to where we can move volume,

and still do the farmer's market,

'cause that's where we get a great deal

of our customer base.

- [Josh] Right now, we're,

a little bit scrambling around,

trying to figure out what to pick to have a full offering

for the market, just because certain things have flopped.

Other things aren't ready yet.

It's a difficult and tricky thing to be putting together,

'cause it's such a dynamic puzzle.

We're also kind of looking at the market,

and what's out there, trying to make choices

to not glut the market.

There's more customers out there

than can be supported right now,

so there's really no such thing as,

highly competitive folks in this space.

And there's a lot of really good growers out there

that we love to recommend to other people.

Every year that we've done this,

we've seen more local growers,

and we've seen fantastic support and interest

from community partners, restaurants, so, y'know,

that's good.

The more people we can have doing it,

the more net positive there will be out of this system.

So we're headed to drop off

at one of our restaurant clients,

and, the restaurants really, and their,

and the chefs, of course, deserve just a ton of credit,

because from their end,

it takes a ton of work to work with this sort of thing.

Y'know, a lot of coordination and communication,

a lot of plans that don't work out,

a lot of counting on Mother Nature,

which is a little tricky,

and so,

they deserve a lot of credit.

- [Ashley] My favorite part

is definitely being outside every day.

I watch almost every sunrise and every sunset.

Y'know, there are things like that

that bring the community together.

Think it's really great

that I've gotten to know these people over a few seasons.

Everyone is so nice and welcoming.

We all seem to like each other,

and people in Lubbock love supporting Lubbock.

- [Farmer] I love comin' down to the farmer's market.

I like hangin' out with everybody down here.

Y'know, everybody's cool down here.

I, I just think it's gonna keep growing.

Hopefully, eventually, we'll have,

couple thousand more people out here every weekend,

and we'll be takin' up another block of space, who knows?

I love where it's goin',

and everyone is kinda just growing, adapting to the market.

Like, y'know, this year, oh, all of a sudden

there's three or four new people doing salad mixes,

so we cut back on salad mixes and do,

more garlic or more tomatoes, somethin' like that.

It's not like a grocery store, where,

y'know you got the same thing every week.

And that's what keeps it interesting.


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