Denver art & craft fair jury members
Meet the Jackalope Denver Jurors:
Helen Rice: Willow Founder and Owner
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/
Kiley Fattor Handy: Owner of Period Six Studio
1. How did you get your start in the handmade community? I’ve been drawn to creating and promoting handmade creations from a young age. When I was younger, I’d go to work with my mom who was a graphic designer and worked in an office full of women owned businesses. There I’d sit under her desk and draw…sometimes on the walls… and make things from everyday objects. I was incredibly fortunate that the designers, architects, and other professional women in the office would buy my colored paperclips and eraser sculptures and show me what it was like to support each other and the joy of having someone want something made by hand. This feeling of community around creation was present through my college experience where I studied theatre – the art of creating what you need because there’s never enough in the budget to “just go buy it.” I also started working for an American craft artist/ gallery at that time and fell in love with the idea of art being accessible for anyone.
2. What/Who is your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspiration is my mom, Ann, who is the other half of Period Six Studio. She always taught me that people, no matter how different, have shared experiences and their stories are worth listening to and retelling.
3. Tell us a few favorites of yours (animal, tv show, weekend activity, food etc)? A few of my favorite things… polka dots, rusty things, my dog Malcolm and husband Toby, Gilmore Girls, Broadway musicals, and a beer & chocolate combo to top off a day of bump skiing.
4. What do you love most about the handmade movement? My favorite part of the handmade movement is seeing how people who where displaced from jobs in the recession or found that there were no jobs for them out of college have carved out places for themselves. By taking nontraditional career paths they’ve had to build upon what lights them up. I feel privileged watching aritsts grow and change and feel honored when they trust us to tell their stories.
5. What is the most important feature in an artists application for you? For me the work itself is the most important feature. The joy, thoughtfulness and attention to detail is all reflected in the work itself. That being said, make sure there’s good pictures to represent it in the best light.
6. What are you looking forward to the most in joining the jury panel with Jackalope? I am excited to join the jury panel to meet other people who share my passion of the handmade and to see the scope of what people are creating!
Where can we find out more about you?
Online at: https://periodsix.com/
And on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/periodsixstudio