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Denver Vendor Spotlight: Equillibrium

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How would you describe your style?  
I would say my style is classic,  timeless,  and rocker chic. 

Are there any artists / designers that you particularly look up to? 
There are too many amazingly talented and inspiring Professionals to mention all that have had influence on me.  But,  here is a list of the ones who consistently hit a chord in chorus with my messaging and design aesthetic in no particular order: Vivienne Westwood,  Betsey Johnson,  Lee Alexander McQueen,  Ralph Lauren

What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own? 
I have always had a great sense of style,  pattern,  and color story in regards to design.  My intention to be zero waste in design and production whenever/ wherever I can puts a unique fingerprint on Equillibrium designs and products...  from its story of inspiration to pattern design,  materials selection,  and production.  My background in Environmental Health,  Hazardous Waste Management,  and Green Building lends a lot to my design process and Executive decisions regarding my Company as a sustainable street brand.  Equillibrium is a brand to believe in,  trust,  and wear proudly for what is represents.

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What sort of things inspire you?  
I'd say as a designer,  inspiration always comes from a feeling I am trying to express.  I commonly use messaging as print inspirations,  provoked by issues to grow awareness towards,  esp. with regards to sustainability. 

Where do you look for inspiration? 
Sources where I find inspiration vary,  but most commonly are:  All of nature,  music I love, the lifestyle I live and love,  my Heritage,  cultures I love,  animals I love,  science,  fashion I love...  things I love inspire me.

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What is your creative process like?  
Starts with notes, as reference for concept...  then it is playing the vision to envoke the feeling and refine the concept to silhouette and color story,  to a soundtrack on the runway.  As my line is developed,  it is split into looks that are couture for retail/  custom orders and looks that are ready to wear for wholesale.  
 


What's the coolest artistic tip you've ever received?  I will have to quote Jane Hamill of Fashion Brain Academy,  "done is better than perfect".  As a cursed perfectionist creative Virgo,  this saying has helped me move forward in moments of paralysis.  It can apply to anything.  Whenever I feel stuck,  I literally hear that and get on with it.

Where can we learn more about you? 
 www.equillibrium.com

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Denver Vendor Spotlight: Wood and Water, LLC

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What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
Wood and Water believes in the empowering nature of taking responsibility for one's own health. We see so many people treat their bodies like a vehicle: any time the 'check engine' light comes on (a runny nose, trouble sleeping at night, tension headaches) they run to the mechanic (doctor, OTC meds, etc). When you clear the body of chemicals, and start treating your symptoms with natural remedies, you begin to become aware of what is truly ailing you; you become more in tune with what your body is trying to tell you.

Enter Wood and Water teas. Instead of reaching for that Tylenol PM to help you sleep, we recommend TranquiliTEA, which includes lavender, passionflower, and skullcap; these are medicines from the natural world to aid in sleep. Instead of grabbing that energy drink on your lunch break, we recommend brewing a cup of AuthoriTEA, our blend of lemon balm, red clover, and peppermint, designed to enhance your focus and allow for an alert mind.

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What sort of things inspire you?  Where do you look for inspiration?
Our inspiration comes from the people around us; our tea blends are specifically created for the people in our lives that we see struggling with common ailments and are unaware that if they give their body what it needs, it has the capacity to heal itself. Our tea blends are also directly influenced by the people we meet every weekend at fairs and festivals.

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We are constantly being asked to create new blends to help with specific things, and our goal is to one day be able to accommodate every single one of these requests. We look for inspiration in the little things. We live off grid in a travel trailer at the top of a mountain in southern Colorado, and not a day goes by that we aren't inspired by the nature surrounding us. Being in nature is healing, and our tea blends are a tiny reflection of how healing nature truly is. 

When do you feel the most creative?
We are most creative in the mornings, drinking our coffee (yes, you read that right!), soaking up the scent of pine, cedar, and dirt.

What is your creative process like?
Our creative process? A lot of Pink Floyd, a lot of Dave Matthews, and a lot of market research.

What's the coolest artistic tip you've ever received?
Be okay with throwing something away. 

Where can we learn more about you?
www.woodandwater.org

Denver Vendor Spotlight: Redemption Road Coffee

Meet Redemption Road Coffee, creators of craft coffee in Mead Colorado.

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What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
Our mission is what sets us apart.  We roast coffee with a much bigger cause in mind.

When you buy a freshly roasted bag of Redemption Road Coffee, you’re not just buying good coffee…You're supporting a cause.

You're supporting individual hardworking families all across the globe.

You're supporting my family in our mission to help people live more authentically both emotionally and spiritually.

You're joining a community of people with the desire and vision to make the world a better place.

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Tell us about how you got started:
Aaron Harsch began roasting his own coffee in a whirleypop crank-handle popcorn maker in 2010. As he researched and experimented he began to perfect his roast creating a smooth, flavorful coffee. Friends would say “You make a great coffee!" and he and his wife would give their coffee as Christmas gifts. The Harsch’s home-roasted coffee was well-loved. 

During that time, Aaron, with the support of his wife Jessica, began a non-profit organization called Redemption Road. Redemption Road runs groups and weekend intensives that help men learn how to live in freedom. 

In the fall of 2015 a friend made a comment to Aaron in passing: "You should sell this coffee to support Redemption Road".  For some reason that idea hit home. Aaron started considering what it  would take to start a coffee roasting business.   That Thanksgiving, he and his wife decided they would make this a reality. They bought an industrial drum roaster, obtained the necessary licenses and opened for business.

Not only would this coffee support their own family, but they would give 10% of the profits away to help support Redemption Road and other great causes.  The Harsch’s also saw that they could support international families and communities from whom they sourced their coffees. This is why the descriptions on their coffees are so long.  They want you to know the whole story. They want you to know about the people who hand-picked the coffee cherries, and what they are using the profits for in their communities. 

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What sort of things inspire you?
Excellent coffee with a cause;  seeing people gain freedom and healing and be the best version of a person they can be.

When do you feel the most creative?
When we are rested and create space and usually good music

Where can we learn more about you?
www.rrc.coffee and redemptionroad.com is our not for profit 

Pasdena Vendor Spotlight: Chuddywinks

How would you describe your style?  Are there any artists / designers that you particularly look up to?
I was once told that I make the ordinary extraordinary. I love bold colors and items with flair. For artist I always go back to Dali & da Vinci. Both of them worked with several mediums and really melded art with life. Also Hunter S Thompson, part of a quote fromhim, “Buy the ticket, take the ride”. 

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What sort of things inspire you?  Where do you look for inspiration?
I live in the San Bernardino Mountains in a National Forest I’m surrounded by natural beauty so you’ll see a lot of nature in my work. I’m also super into sci fi and geekery so you’ll also see a lot of that as well as where the two merge; ie: cryptids. I also love old book art. 

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When do you feel the most creative?
I’m a night owl, or maybe a pre-dawn owl. I often get a lot of work done after midnight or around 3 am. Less distractions I guess, plus I’m not a champion at sleeping. 

What is your creative process like?
I tend to just make whatever I fancy at the time, and trust that others will like it too. I also love going through old book art, illustrations from times forgotten, trapped in books getting lost to time. They are so beautiful and I love twisting them into a new life.

What's the coolest artistic tip you've ever received?
Live your life. That is actually just a thing I tend to say, to others, but to myself, a lot. It can mean so many things. For artists… get out there, see things, do things, make things, don’t think on what others will think about it. My husband reminded me last night that I’m a gambler (literally, I love Vegas). Being an artist, having a business with things I create from scratch, life in general… Prepare as you wish, but it’s all just rolling the dice. Making a living as an artist is a bold move. So by default you are bold. So live your life and roll those dice, buy that ticket and take that ride. 

Where can we learn more about you? 
Chuddywinks.com 
Follow @Chuddywinks on Instagram for the latest creations.

Denver Vendor Spotlight: Lostgirl Metalworks

Meet Robbi Farscman of lostgirl Metalworks.

While working as a community organizer on the east coast in the early 2000s, I started making jewelry as a hobbyist. Then, it was bead work, including those I made with polymer clay, and the focus was on design – which leaned solidly towards the asymmetrical and quirky. I gave everything as a gift, and when folks told me, “You should sell,” I would laugh and respond with a hearty “No!”

My work later took me to New England, where I continued designing (and giving away) jewelry in my spare time. The reception was similar to that from down south, though “You should sell!” was met with a more tentative “Nooo….” When I relocated to NY in 2008 and heard the same encouragement, I said “Damn right!” (I can be a bit slow on the uptake at times…)

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My first metalworking course was a two-week one called “Rings and Things.” I babbled about it for months beforehand – some might have said ad nauseam – and couldn’t wait for the first day. After seven hours in the studio, I came home defeated and answered the expectant question of “Did you love it?!” with “Not really…”

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Sawing metal was a pain, and I broke blades quicker than you could blink. (Later, I learned that having the right blade for the gauge of metal you’re cutting makes a world of difference!) My soldering skills were also pretty tragic, and the little pieces would jump off the metal whenever the torch flame would get anywhere close. I considered ditching the whole affair after the first day. But I’m pretty determined by nature, so I went back. The second day was a little better, and by the end of the third, I was hooked and began dreaming about my “next life” in metal.  

In February 2012, with only two metalsmithing courses under my belt, a basic skill-set (to say the least!), and just two pairs of pliers in my toolbox, I decided my next life started then and I made the leap to be a full-time artist. Shortly thereafter, lostgirl Metalworks – a nod to my tendency to wander, shun roots and find inspiration on the unknown path – was launched.  

Like the way I live my life, my work tends to be experimental in nature, with middle-of-the-night visions constructed (sometimes awkwardly) in metal the next day.

I work primarily in sterling, though copper and bits of gold find their way into my work, and drool-worthy stones are the norm. Much of my current line contains bold pieces that celebrate both structure and the beauty of decay. (I think of them as modern heirlooms.)

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Life-by-hand, as I call it, isn’t always an easy journey. Some days are smooth sailing and others are complete melt-downs (literally, if I keep my torch on something for two seconds too long). On the smooth days, I leave the studio invigorated and excited to return. On the others, I remind myself that I am a maker, not a machine, and nothing that I do will ever be perfect (though that doesn’t stop me from trying!). 

Whichever the day, I have no doubt that I’m fortunate to have the freedom to create whatever crazy comes to mind and continue to find my voice.