Local Artist Kristin Hussey's 10 Favorite Things About Asheville


Local Artist Kristin Hussey's 10 Favorite Things About Asheville

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    Amanda Lanier is a quilter and the creator of Hey Baby Craft Co. Her company specializes in quilts and baby quilts, handmade in her home in Asheville. You can usually find her at her house with her...

Kristin Hussey is a ray of sunshine as she walks into the High Five Coffee Bar, a place she chose because she loves their Diablo Cubano. She’s crazy about what she does and it is not hard to tell – she’s smiling from ear to ear as she talks about her fairly-recently cultivated passions: designing greeting cards, posters, and wedding invitations for Sable & Gray, a company she started in January of this year.

Kristin specializes in watercolor paintings and “love[s] to include nature, whimsy, and happiness into [her] designs.” She went to school for architecture, which gives her a unique perspective on design. She didn’t, however, stick with that route after she graduated because she “missed the freedom of being able to design without there being a ‘correct’ answer.” After recently taking a letterpress class at Asheville Bookworks, Kristin says she was reminded why she fell in love with design in the first place – she likes being an integral part of the process of creating, rather than sitting in front of a computer. “I am a firm believer in doing what you love,” Kristin tells me, “If you can find a way to do the thing that brings you joy for a living, and share that joy with other people, that is just amazing. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do what I love every day!”

10 Reasons Kristin is Smitten with Asheville:

  1. The North Carolina Arboretum (100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way)- Kristin really enjoys hiking the trails at the Arboreteum with her husband and two dogs
  2. The Bywater (796 Riverside Dr)- “I love going there with friends on a beautiful summer day. Tip from Kristin: Try the Dirty French Broad mixed drink!
  3. Asheville Bookworks (428 1/2 Haywood Road)- Kristin loves this place, especially the Letterpress Studio. She says, “It’s such an amazing creative outlet.”
  4. Dessert at Well-Bred Bakery & Café (26 N Main St, Weaverville)- “Ah-mazing!”
  5. Asheville Community Yoga Center (8 Brookdale Rd)- Kristin recommends Lea’s Hot Power Flow class to de-stress.
  6. Fish Tacos at White Duck Taco Shop (1 Roberts St #101)- Mmmmm….
  7. Biltmore Estate (1 Lodge St)- She loves exploring the trails here and says the azalea gardens are incredible.
  8. The Wedge Brewing Company (37 Paynes  Way)- Especially when there’s live music
  9. The Diablo Cubano at High Five Coffee Bar (190 Broadway)- Kristin’s favorite :)
  10. Duncan & York Modern Market (33 N. Lexington Ave)- “I love shopping at Duncan & York! I could buy everything."

Kristin Hussey- Sable & Gray Paper Co.