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Meet ATX Artist Edd Patton!

Meet ATX Artist Edd Patton!

If you have ever been to the Amy’s Ice Cream on South Congress in Austin, you’ve already seen the work of our new artist collaborator Edd Patton. A native Austinite and longtime commercial and editorial illustration freelance artist, Edd designed their logo and some of his characters are painted on the side of the building. Edd says, “my style was a sort of 50’s – 60’s character-driven style reminiscent of 50’s advertising illustration and animation like the Jetsons.”  Edd’s newest pen and ink artworks document an imaginary world of whimsical and bizarre beasties doing both the odd and the ordinary....

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Multimedia Artist and All Around Good Guy -- Ben Moon

Multimedia Artist and All Around Good Guy -- Ben Moon

 It's the thoughtful process behind each piece and the varied talents that Ben possesses that illuminate the larger picture of Ben's art style. This all adds up to a series that includes a nod to metaphysics, religion, politics and the afterlife in a way that displays both his sharp wit and his deeply curious nature. I'm lucky enough to have spent some time with Ben Moon, and when he starts talking about art his brain can take some very interesting turns! We've asked Ben a few questions about his life and his art... I know you will enjoy this conversation with our September Featured Artist Ben Moon!

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Artist and Entrepreneur Keiko Hayner

Artist and Entrepreneur Keiko Hayner

Keiko Hayner came from Osaka, Japan to the US in 2004 for school and now finds herself happily at home in Austin, TX with her two adorable children. She puts the "K" in AJ and K Co and wears multiple hats while she curates our art offerings and creates her own unique illustrations and paintings. Always mommy, part-time student and full-time entrepreneur, Keiko reminds me to keep my heart and my eyes open for inspiration during even the simplest interactions every day. Enjoy this interview with AJ and K Co Co-owner and Art Director, Keiko Hayner! What is your background in art? Since I was a...

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Free Herb Butter Illustrated Recipe!

Free Herb Butter Illustrated Recipe!

The Herbs print in Keiko's Culinary Collection offers a gorgeous variety and an almost impossible choice of what recipes to illustrate! The possibilities are endless, and this first recipe is about honoring that point. This Basic Herb Butter can be adapted to any and all of your favorite herb combos! Just keep in mind that you want somewhere between 4 and 5 Tablespoons of fresh herbs to go with ½ cup butter. Enjoy! Basic Herb Butter  INGREDIENTS: ½ C (one stick) unsalted butter at room temperature 2 T chopped tarragon 2 T chopped parsley ½ T thyme leaves (about two...

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Inspired by the Mushrooms Print from Keiko's Culinary Collection - Free Illustrated Recipe PDF Download

Inspired by the Mushrooms Print from Keiko's Culinary Collection - Free Illustrated Recipe  PDF Download

I have to admit I very rarely fry things in my own kitchen. It's the general messiness that I don't like, mostly, but these Beer Batter Fried Mushrooms are worth every bit of it. And, the Horseradish Honey Mustard sauce is in regular rotation at our house on sandwiches, for dipping fries and more! This recipe is inspired by the Fried Mushrooms at Rafferty's Restaurant - a Southeast chain that originated in Lexington, Kentucky where I worked for many years of my young adult life. There's no way to replicate how amazing their version of this sauce is as they make their...

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