Meet a Heartmade Artist: Paula Hewlett of Beyond Her

Today's Heartmade artist brings the flora and fauna of native Texas to us in the form of gorgeous textiles from scarves to bags, towels to tees, and more! Starting out as a stationary line, Paule and her husband Michael (the "art" and "craft" of the operation, respectively) soon moved into screenprinting, and have been creating wearable art ever since! When you are wearing a Beyond Her scarf, you can feel the love that has been put into it. We welcome Beyond Her to Heartmade and we can't wait for you to see Paule at the market!

What's your favorite thing about being an artist in Houston?

I have always been Houston proud. I love the heat and the vegetation, and I love the diversity of the population. I like living someplace where you don't even recognize some of the languages spoken or the produce available in the grocery store. It's rich, rich ground. The other thing that I love about Houston is the number of artists and people who make all or part of their living being creative. It's a wide open environment, and that encourages people to take risks and be who they are.

What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?

We typically pack up Friday afternoon and head to La Grange TX, where we have a 150-year-old farmhouse and some sheds renovated to studios. We spend entire weekends screen printing and waxing textiles to be fabricated into . . . something.  The best weekends include a Saturday night ticket to the local listening room, The Bugle Boy, and some fried chicken on Sunday!

What's your favorite piece of public art in Houston?

I would have to say the Tolerance pieces on Allen Parkway.  They are beautiful day and night, and they punctuate the natural beauty of the bayou.  I've watched this area change from a nasty ditch into an amazing urban green space. To me, it represents Houston becoming proud of itself.

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