We couldn’t be more humbled and pleased by our mention in the recently released December edition of the Advocate Magazine (East Dallas), mainly because we have so much respect and love for the publication. They always do such a great job of supporting local businesses and highlighting our neighbors that it makes us even more happy and proud to call east Dallas home. Here’s the mention:
Chris Unruh, One Fish Two Fish (and Steve Dickson)
Gift idea: potted plants
Price range: $12-$45
Where to find it: trulyunruhly.wordpress.com, craft shows
Chris Unruh Photo by Danny Fulgencio
Chris Unruh is experimenting with doll heads these days.
Some people don’t really get it, she says. But when she uses them to mold cement heads, which she then hollows out and plants succulents inside, some people love them.
Unruh, who went to FIT and designed jewelry in New York for five years, discovered hypertufa, a porous material made of Portland cement, peat moss and either pearlite or aragonite, on a road trip in March 2010. She was on the way to her grandmother’s funeral and reading her stepmom’s Better Homes and Gardens magazine when she found a story about the stuff. The cement mixture is great for growing plants.
Aside from doll heads, Unruh uses yogurt cups and found Styrofoam forms to make hypertufa planters.
“I get excited about trash the way some people get excited about chandeliers,” she says, pulling pieces of Styrofoam from a bin.
Unruh’s company, One Fish Two Fish, sells online, and she is at craft fairs and shows at least two weekends a month. Some of her designs are smooth and geometric; others are rough and rustic. She uses found auto glass as sparkly mulch for the plants.
“This glass came from a wreck on Garland Road,” she says.
Unruh credits her husband, Steve Dickson, for hauling around untold hundreds of pounds of Portland cement. They were married two years ago, and Unruh works part-time for her husband’s structural engineering firm. She also sells her handmade jewelry at etsy.com/shop/trulyunruhly.
I’m still here… hiding out indoors, far away from the blistering heat which has mercilessly attacked our backyard with temperatures over 100. Add to that the lethal mosquito population (news flash: the 10th death to West Nile just reported a few minutes ago – about 5 miles from my home. Yippee.) My workspace is starting to resemble this: (yes, this *is* the surface of Mars) My attitude is not too far off the mark either…shriveling.
It’s hard to want to get out there and do the important work that we crafters do to fulfill the world’s insatiable need for handcasted concrete pots, so I’m taking it easy. I have gotten out in the morning and evenings, despite the fact that mosquitoes really like to mess around at dawn and dusk, just to keep my hands in the game. Here’s a few pics I’d like to share. Can you sense that my heart is already in December with all this Christmas stuff?
Here is a beautiful example of *one* thing I am digging on this summer: Glass installations by Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum. This on is located behind a wall of water, taken at night. Wow.
In general, however, summer in Texas never fails to bum me out, even when there are loads of new ideas in my sketchbook and a nice, big new studio in which to work! Am I just a whiny baby who can’t deal with the heat of Texas? That would be an affirmative, my friend. However, there’s nothing like the first crisp day to instantly lift my gloom and get me doing the Snoopy dance again! So let’s all get on the trolly and imagine that we’re already there… in September, or better still, October!
We’ve already got some shows coming up in those months, so if you’re a planner and you really want to find us this year. feel free to mark up those calendars!
September 8 – White Rock “Everything” Market: 8:00 am till 1:00 pm
October 13 – White Rock “Everything” Market: 8:00 am till 1:00 pm
October 20-21 – Market in the Meadow Holiday Gift Show – Forest Meadow Junior High School, 9373 Whitehurst Drive, Dallas, 75243. Saturday hours are 9-5, Sunday hours are 11-5
November 10 – White Rock “Everything” Market: 8:00 am till 1:00 pm
November 17 & 18 – Plano Parks & Rec 34th Annual Christmas Crafts Fair – Oak Point Recreation Center, 6000 Jupiter Road. Saturday 9-5, Sunday 12-4
December 8 – White Rock Holiday Market: 8:00 am till 5:00 pm
Please stay tuned, as there will be more added soon! Thanks so much. We look forward to seeing you.
Finally, some new work emerging from the back of the backyard… a place where only cats and the occassional squirrel will go of their own accord. A place where mosquitos outnumber other insects 2/1. A place where I am obliged to go in order to make the mess that make the pots that get the plants that go to sell (someday) at market. Weee!