Huntsville’s Lowe Mill Has Artists, Innovators … and Me!

When I think of warehouses, I normally think of cookie-cutter, homogenized products that ship out to big box stores — but at Huntsville’s Lowe Mill, the warehouse has been reclaimed and repurposed by painters, architects, craftspeople and other artists. The result is a group of people who work side-by-side to create original, interesting work. They can learn from each other and get inspiration from each other and support each other. It’s kind of beautiful, really.


This Saturday, we’re invited to join in — Lowe Mill is opening their new North Wing, and they’re having an open house from noon to 6 p.m. The new space will hold 31 new artists, plus a classroom, a gallery space and a fabrication lab (with laser cutter and 3D printer). I think it’s pretty amazing to see artistic development like this happening in a city, and it’s especially exciting that the mill is doing well enough already to open a new wing and welcome even more artists.


On Saturday, they’ll be welcoming me, too: Piper & Leaf invited me to come to their shop and do a little book signing for The Localist, so I’ll be there from noon to 3 p.m. I’ll be selling books (and drinking tea — if you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m obsessed with Piper & Leaf tea), and we’re doing a little giveaway, too. So even if you can’t buy a book yet (or if you already have one), you can win a set of screenprinted calligraphy book prints, a pack of holiday gift tags lettered by Kelly Cummings, a free copy of The Localist, or free Piper & Leaf tea.


If you live in Huntsville, come grab a jar of tea and say hi — I’d love to meet you. And even if you’re in Birmingham or someplace else in Alabama, I think this event sounds worth traveling for (here’s a link to the Lowe Mill Grand Opening event page with details). It’ll be fun, inspiring, and it just might help you finish out that Christmas gift list, too.

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