Name: Sophie Stubblefield Bracewell
Family: Husband: Charles, daughter Grace who just turned 1, and our 2 year old puppy Lucy
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Current Town: Marin County, California
What Years at UGA: 2007-2010
School/Degree: Lamar Dodd School of Art, BFA in Studio Art
Profession: After a decade working in the tech industry in San Francisco at companies like Google and Airbnb, I now work for myself as a full-time Artist and Designer.
Accolades: While no official accolades as an artist (yet!) I consider it a major accomplishment to have finally taken this leap of faith during such a busy season of life. I made a major career pivot just 6 months after my daughter was born. I now have an art studio with a view of the water in Sausalito, something I have dreamt about ever since I graduated and moved to San Francisco to work for an art gallery in 2010.
Book: Currently reading and loving The Creative Act by Rick Rubin.
Magazine: InKind magazine – it is a true work of art and a gift I gave myself as a new mom.
Podcast: Second Life, How’d She Do That, Superwomen by Rebecca Minkoff, anything of the creative female entrepreneur variety.
Blog: I can’t say that I really read blogs anymore – YouTube is my go to for how-to videos, and Pinterest for visual inspiration.
Instagram: I love keeping up with other artists I admire – Lulie Wallace, Riley Sheehey, Blakely Little, Kristin Blakeney, Kate Roebuck, Laura Deems, I could go on and on!
Brand: There are so many! I would love to create patterns and textiles one day so I’ll go with dream collabs – Lake, Minnow, Weezie, Miron Crosby, and Hunter Bell.
Fashion designer: Hunter Bell – I was really inspired hearing her story on a recent podcast and love her silhouettes and patterns too.
Interior designer: Hannah Ozburn – love her use of color.
Chef: Dorseydish – a friend and UGA classmate who just started a cooking blog out of Louisville, KY – follow for fun and delicious recipes!
Historical figure: Georgia O’Keefe.
Quote: “There are always flowers for those who want to see them” – Henri Matisse
Describe Athens in five words or less: Vibrant creative nostalgic charming, fun.
Restaurants and bars: Last Resort always! Nowhere Bar, Georgia Theatre, The National, Little Italy, Georgia Bar.
Shops: Heery’s and Agora were favorites when I lived there.
Athens/campus landmark: I’ll have to go with Georgia Theatre – we spent so many fun nights there watching great music.
Memory while in school: Mostly just hanging at our house with friends Senior year. We still talk about how we had no idea how good we had it, living in such a fun city in a house with all of your best friends! Also my Senior Exit show – friends and my whole family came, including my dad and grandmother who are no longer here. It was such a fun celebration, proud moment, and now a treasured memory.
Professor/class: Every art class I took was memorable but I especially loved figure drawing with Kinzey Branham. I loved his drawing class so much I begged him to let me in his 8am Figure Sculpture class with my roommate Helen (it was full). It was our last semester of college, he let us both in and we had a blast.
Gameday ritual/plan: Last Resort with friends and a blood orange mimosa – yum.
Gameday recipe: My favorite is a spin on Cowboy Caviar – we call it California Caviar.