“Women Who Rock” (article in Mountain Outlaw Magazine)

I wrote an article about a few female rock bands (interview with ThunderPussy) who are touring the Greater Yellowstone area this summer in the the Summer 2018 Issue of Mountain Outlaw 

interview with The Neighbourhood

Read the interview I did with the Bryan Sammis from The Neighbourhood for LadyGunn Magazine.

Fitz & The Tantrums article

Loved interviewing and writing about the band “Fitz & The Tantrums” for LadyGunn Magazine.

Read the article here.

Portugal. The Man interview

Check out part of an interview I did with the band “Portugal. The Man”

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(for LadyGunn Magazine)

Eclecticism: A Liberating Approach to Design

I loved interviewing Elle Greene for this article and getting some great advice from a pro on a more liberating approach to design:

“The cool thing about Eclecticism is you don’t need the giant apothecary jar of lemons to be living the well-decorated life.” So says Elle Greene, owner of Austin Modern (www.austinmodern.com), a very hip online collection of Mid-Century modern furniture, art, lighting and accessories. She practices Eclecticism, and freely mixes genres to achieve a refreshingly original look. Instead of pigeonholing your home into one rigid style full of catalogue clichés, simply introducing a few affordable accents into your current décor allows you to customize your living space. Following are several of Elle’s imaginative design suggestions on how to do just that.

The main question you should consider before you spice up your place is “What kind of lifestyle do I lead?” Many of us have flipped through home-style magazines and felt envious of the gloriously staged photos; sure, a sparkling, sun-soaked room boasting plush white furniture IS beautiful. Add an animal, child, or Cheetos® into the mix, let alone all three, and the idyllic vision quickly implodes. Taking into account practicality makes any space more enjoyable. (more…)

Shizen: Japanese for Natural Beauty

I wrote this article about sustainable decorative art finishes for the 2009 fall issue Austin/San Antonio Urban Home Magazine.

One thing I love about writing articles on green design is how impassioned the interviewees are about the product. I never knew I would care so much about decorative wall and floor finishes until I discovered Shizen. Having said that, I promise I do have a life.

EXCERPT: “Shizen, the Japanese word for “natural beauty”, aptly characterizes the four different decorative textures composing the line: 1) KAI™, meaning “seashell”, is a soil, sand, stone, and seashell combination effecting a pearl-like shimmery finish. Its watery look makes it ideal for a waterfront property or a cabana on a seaside resort area.”

TESTIMONIAL: “Thank you so much for producing such an accurate and beautifully written article about “Shizen: Japanese for ‘Natural Beauty”… My business has certainly benefited by your work. From her great investigation and thoroughness, Jessica just got it right. Did I say, I love it.

– Lu Goodwin Mark, Owner Austin School of Faux Finishes

To read full article click Shizen.

Garden Roofs: A Breath of Fresh Air

This article ran in the Summer 2009 issue of Urban Home Magazine for Austin/San Antonio. I got the idea for this article when my “eco guru” friend Bo walked into the office one day and announced that he wanted to plant vegetables on his roof. Intrigued by an outrageous visual I got of my roof sprouting a giant salad, I had to check it out.

EXCERPT: “Picture this: It is summer in Austin and you are lounging amidst a flourishing garden… on your roof! Whether you live in a house in the suburbs or a loft downtown, if more greenery, improved air quality and a view of the city from your rooftop conjure an appealing image, then a roof garden could be the perfect addition to your life…”

TESTIMONIAL: “Jessica has continued to impress me with her enthusiasm, professionalism and quality writing for Urban Home Magazine of Austin-San Antonio for the past year. Many of our clients write me with unsolicited ‘thank yous’ for the time spent with her doing interviews.”

– Derek Hall/Publisher

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A New Day for Clay

This article ran in the Summer 2009 issue of Urban Home. It represents two “firsts” for me: first article as a professional writer and first experience with green design. As I knew next to nothing about eco design, the combination proved adventurous.

EXCERPT: “American Clay Enterprises out of New Mexico has created a line of clay earth plasters based with 40 different organic Mayan pigments. Lu Goodwin Mark, owner of the Austin School of Faux Finishes, has worked extensively to create healthy, aesthetic interiors, and is familiar with the benefits of American Clay. As a truly organic substance, it breathes and interacts with its surroundings, cleansing the air as it circulates. One of its most distinguishing characteristics is that it absorbs moisture and then releases negative ions, a chemical reaction scientifically touted for its stress-reducing effects.”

TESTIMONIAL: “In approaching me about my client, Jessica had done her research but also listened well as to the unique aspects of my client’s products. She is great to work with as a writer and a communicator, respecting everyone’s time, involvement and knowledge, and relaying the message correctly and creatively.”

– Julie Du Brow, dubroWORKS PR

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