Tell us a little about yourself & your background in the arts & crafts world
Twelve years ago I started a small art consignment shop in a tiny side-street space in downtown Littleton. My little business grew steadily over the first few years and when I had an opportunity to move into a prime space on historic downtown Littleton's Main street, I jumped at it. I started as more of a fine art gallery, but when the recession hit, I had to quickly restructure, shifting my focus to gift items. I figured people would still buy gifts for other people before they'd buy an expensive piece of art for themselves, so I stayed focused on handmade items and it proved to be a good fit! I believe that was when the handmade movement gained momentum, as well. People turned to "making" things themselves, flexing their entrepreneurial muscles and selling their work directly to the public, who readily embraced and supported them in a big way.
What / who is your biggest inspiration?
Any woman who has or had the courage to make her way (and a difference) in this world!
What do you love most about the handmade movement?
The return to basics - realizing that we can be innovative with common materials and make things with our own hands that are functional, fresh and beautiful!
Tell us about a few favorites of yours; food, color, animal?
A nice, big, juicy burger - loaded!
Any shade of BLUE is my favorite color!
DOGS, Dogs, dogs....I love them all!
What are you most looking forward to in being a part of the Jackalope Arts jury?
Seeing new, fresh work from our local makers!
What is the most important feature in an artist's application for you?
Innovation and originality
Where can we find out more about you?
Besides owning and operating my store, I also produce an 3-day annual urban art retreat in September. The retreat is called Art Makers Denver and you can find out more about that and ME at http://artmakersdenver.com/our-team/