Interior designers often tell us that achieving a “collected” look is the key to creating a home that feels personal and authentic. The idea is to fill rooms with furnishings and accessories from a broad array of sources—big-box stores, yes, but also artists and artisans who make their one-of-a-kind wares in unmarked studios and secluded cabins in the woods. But just how do we find these people?
A great place to start is at the Jackalope Arts’ Indie Artisan Fair. This weekend, July 29–30, more than 150 local juried artists and craftspeople will gather at the McNichols Building in downtown Denver to display and sell their (strictly) handmade creations.
You’ll find apparel and hand-crafted jewelry (check out Thalken and Keja); all-natural, small-batch skincare (try the Lovely Rose Apothecary); yummy sauces, spices, honeys, and preserves (we love the Good Jar); and handmade home décor that can give a room that elusive collected look in an instant. Here, we share a few of the fair’s home-goods hotspots.
Looking for the perfect accent for your minimalist mantel or midcentury-modern bedside table? Seed + Stone’s vessels celebrate the simple beauty of concrete—and modern design—with clean lines and soothing neutral hues that range from deep charcoal to soft mint. Partners Sarah Reedstrom and Malcolm Brown create each piece in their Fort Collins studio, using traditional hand-casting and hand-dyeing techniques. As a result, no two pieces are exactly the same.
Lia Pileggi’s ceramic forms are similarly simple and modern, but in this case, the clean lines allow colorful, hand-painted underglaze designs and gold accents to shine through. “While the slip-cast forms I work with are at first glance similar, the hand-painted surface of each piece is unique and allows for individual identities and personas to be born,” she says. Each piece—you’ll find vessels, bowls, cups, and plates—is created in Pileggi’s small design studio in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
While working in the field of architecture, Kirstine Hanson began making objects out of building materials, including concrete and wood. In 2014, she founded Studio Shell to focus on these small structures and designed objects, which include a collection of playful, modern fruit forms. Made with a lightweight concrete mix inspired by ancient Roman concrete, each handmade piece has subtle irregularities (tiny air bubbles and bits of visible aggregate) and is finished with a nontoxic, eco-friendly sealant. Fifteen percent of proceeds from the Modern Fruit Collection goes to the Fresh Food Initiative, which provides fresh produce to low-income and food-desert communities, and emergency-food-assistance programs.
For gorgeous woven goods with rich texture and color, visit Lakewood fiber artist Karey Grant of Aspenkid Fibers. She gathers and hand-dyes her wools and silks before blending various colors and fiber types into hand-spun yarns, which she weaves into wearables, accent pillows, table runners, and purses. “I love texture, and hand-spinning satisfies me on both tactile and visual levels,” she says. “Unlike many spinners, I don’t want any two skeins to be the same; each is its own experience and truly one of a kind.” At Jackalope, browse her blended fiber batts, yarns, and finished woven products. Twenty-five attendees will receive a free mini skein of her yarn in their entrance bags.
To learn more about the fair, and to see a listing of all vendors, click here.
If you go: Jackalope Arts’ Indie Artisan Fair, July 29–30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.; jackalopeartfair.com