Words by Sarah Ray The cock crows. Woodsmoke hangs heavy in the already humid air. An orange hue glows on the horizon as the sun wakes to a land of greens and coppers. Young children scamper to the well, bearing their tiny jerry cans to fetch water for the morning tea. Their mothers are already […]
Gretchen Dawley has landed herself in LA by way of North Dakota and making waves in the bridal industry with her Havana inspired gowns. Her strong work ethic is thanks to the hours driving the grain cart for her dad, and her creativity comes from her mother. One of her favorite moments as a child […]
Q&A with Adam Leech: Hobo Nickel History & Artform Clad in a tie-dye Misfits T-shirt bearing the legend “Punks Not Dead,” Adam Leech doesn’t exactly fit the type for a historian or a practitioner of a centuries-old art form. He shows up to talk with COCO on a vintage scooter speckled with spray paint logos […]
When Chris Colean moved back to Colorado from Hong Kong in 1996, she wasn’t sure what career she’d find waiting for her here. So she decided to create her own. The Colorado Co-op owner had been working in the fashion industry for 15 years and knew she could bring something different to the Colorado Springs […]
“Something for everyone.” It’s a phrase that gets thrown around a lot, but there are few spaces that live up to those words as well as the Holiday Handmade Market in Pueblo. Held in the El Pueblo History Museum in the heart of downtown Pueblo, the vendors at the Handmade Holiday Market cover a wide […]
Jewelry maker and designer Katie McGinnis lives in a second-story flat in downtown Florence, Colorado. Upon entering her apartment, the unassuming quaintness of the town outside suddenly disappears, and one is taken into what feels like a chic, artsy loft in New York City. This loft is where Katie’s ideas and art are made into […]
Brianna Michael McGrew is a talented jeweler and a Colorado girl with a wanderer’s heart. Brianna works out of her apartment in the Springs, which in itself is a well-curated work of art. Polaroid photographs with friends litter the walls, her work station is filled with odds and ends, torches and tools and sketches of future and current designs.
On Saturday afternoons a storefront in Historic Depot Square echoes with the whir of sewing machines, the hiss of irons, the rush of passing trains and the joyful sound of laughter. In the year since its grand opening last April, the owners of Stitch Studio have created a community of sewers in their 20s and 30s on the western edge of downtown Colorado Springs.
I guess it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as Instagram is such a popular platform these days with makers and creatives, but I was excited when I discovered The Worley Co. The small design company is Jeremy Worley’s passion project and his lovely wife Koren stands by his side. The Worley Co. dreams up beautiful and thoughtful designs that not only inspire, but impact communities around the globe.
Jackie Barr of Red Bench jewelry stood out amongst many at the Colorado College craft fair over the holidays. I was drawn to her use of materials and exotic stones sourced from around the globe. She grew up in Colorado Springs, always dabbling in jewelry making even as a child. In college she discovered metal smithing and there was an instant connection.
“Every time I travel to a different country, I get a new idea,” he said, citing a concept for a motorcycle seat dreamed up on a bike trip across Nicaragua last year. “Everything we create is inspired by our adventures.”
Joan Eagle of Chipita Accessories started her craft in Taos, New Mexico back in 1972. Originally from New Jersey, Joan and her husband Ben fell in love with the open spaces and community of great people in New Mexico and Colorado.
Aaron Graves doesn’t create dresses – he creates interactions. He draws from classic fashion photography and traditional tailoring techniques gleaned from a host of skilled aunts and grandmothers.
Ryan Kulp is a husband, new father, and maker. What started as a Christmas card project while he was living in Austin, TX, eventually became Stitch+Saw, the moniker under which Ryan now makes cross-stitched pendants, greeting cards, prints, and other jewelry from his home in Colorado Springs. Part of the resurgence of young couples moving […]