Inspired by a box full of fragrance samples and scraps from the vintage botanical wallpaper hanging in her office, Cordelia Smith established her handmade soap and body product business in Seattle 20 years ago. Her small batch Etsy store quickly took off, and she found herself in a tiny brick-and-mortar retail space on the trendy […]
At first glance, Pueblo can remind one of the Wild West. Its history is shaded a little bit rough, a little bit tough—but don’t be fooled by stereotypes and stories. As one walks along the red-stone Riverwalk framing the calm and peaceful Arkansas River in the downtown area, it’s clear that Pueblo’s culture is alive […]
Adrian Whipp of Lumiere Tintype based out of Austin, has journeyed through Colorado Springs twice now to capture portraits of fellow Colorado Springsians. The tintype process is a science but the outcome is worth the wait. Colorado Collective had the privilage of chatting with Adrian to learn more about tintype photography and his traveling companion. Final tintype images of COS community will be released in upcoming print issue.
What can I say other than I love this crew. Blank Tape Records have been bringing rock and roll to Southern Colorado since 2008 and they are invaluable to this community. I spent some time chatting with Inaiah Lujan, front man for Haunted Windchimes and co-founder of Blank Tape Records. Please don’t stop doing what you do so well!
Create your own succulent garden masterpiece! Leo Chance, author of Cacti and Succulents for Cold Climates, graciously walked COCO contributor Janelle Agee through a comprehensive DIY guide to make indoor succulent gardening a success.
Nestled among the nuances of historic downtown Colorado Springs lies a hidden gem: the world’s largest collection of cacti grown in a cold climate. Unbeknownst to myself and the entire COCO staff, one of the gardening greats in the realm of succulents and cacti quietly tends to his garden – right around the corner.
Nestled quaintly in a mesa hillside on the West Side of Colorado Springs sits Ground Up Speed Shop. The owner, Eric Baar, is a gem in the local bike community and beyond. He’s known as a one-of-a-kind custom bike frame-builder. Whether they’re raced professionally or being used recreationally on local mountain biking trails, Baar’s frames take bicycle performance to a higher level of quality and versatility
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.
This is a love story. I cannot think of a more fitting way to describe the lives of two individuals who happen to be the subjects of this piece: Arley-Rose Torsone and Morgan Calderini.
“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.”
Local publishers Scott Boyer and Kayla Gronseth of Yellow Beak Press are, at the root, collectors of flash as artifacts which they hang in their home and are happy to share with the world through their publications.
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.