Meet four creative forces we can’t seem to get enough of lately.
Amelia W Davis
potter/owner of Two Hands Full
Amelia Davis first started exploring with clay during her freshman year of high school while she was away at boarding school—with the studio becoming a quiet haven from everyday stressors. “I was captivated by making functional pieces and the difficulty of getting each piece to a place where I was happy with it (including the first month of failing miserably at simply centering the clay!),” explains Davis.
From there, she frankly found it hard to quit. Years later, she transformed her artistic passion into a thriving business, Two Hands Full, and now relies greatly on being organized to keep her life balanced.
“First and foremost, I am a craftsman. I am drawn towards timeless and functional wares (when it comes to what is going through my head while designing each piece). My style and color use is inspired heavily by my surrounding ecosystems,” says Davis.
Davis finds the natural world to be her biggest source of curiosity. “Not only for my work with clay and other artistic endeavors, but how I live and receive advice. I am as inspired by the physical makeup of a rock formation as its’ spirit and presence in the ‘family of things’ (as Mary Oliver might put it).”
She goes on to say, “My daily walks and hikes with my dog are where most of my ideas can be traced back to, but my work is meant to be used and loved in the home first and foremost—so I am just as inspired by the every day, envisioning a certain shape or form I wish I had in my kitchen or around my neck.”
“My goal as a potter for this next year ahead is to experiment with new designs and set aside more time to just play. I also have a few ideas in the works for some personal pieces, which is a rare occurrence these days!”
Daniel Power + Anthony Madrid
Daniel Power—together with business partner Anthony Madrid—are the brains and creators behind a furniture and fabrication company.
“Our pieces are minimalistic, crafted using classic techniques, and rely on the fundamental principles of design to draw people in, hopefully retaining their attention with a high level of detail,” says Power.
He says their first experiences in woodworking stemmed from learning about architecture while attending CU Boulder.
“A few years after college, I started working at a design/build firm in Denver and began making furniture on a much larger scale. Anthony caught the woodworking bug a few years after that, and we decided to start piecing together our own woodworking shop. After we had bought our investment home a year ago, we built a small shop in the back and started producing furniture.”
He describes their style as having an underlying “simple” theme.
“We are turned off by complexity for complexity’s sake and always seek to find the most simple, elegant way to achieve a certain goal. I don’t want to confuse ‘simple’ with ‘easy’ though because those two are rarely the same thing,” says Power.
When they need a little inspiration, they turn to social media: Tumblr, Instagram and Reddit.
“You get such a massive feed of cool stuff that you’re bound to be inspired by something. We don’t follow the ‘big names’ in furniture design which I think creates a more pure attraction, judging everything on a level playing field,” says Power.
“We are not trying to be new and innovative; instead, we are dedicating our time to mastering the basics because there is so much beauty left for us to discover there.”
artist and designer of hand beaded jewelry and wall hangings
Artist Salihah Moore first became inspired when her former roommate showed her a pair of cute beaded earrings she’d created from a book of patterns.
“I taught myself the peyote stitch and was instantly addicted to the craft,” says Moore. “I started by following patterns and then giving myself the freedom just to create and play. There’s so much you can do with beads, and so the possibilities are endless! I’ve become more confident experimenting with ideas. And I’ve come to appreciate the pieces that might have ended up in the reject drawer.”
Now she endeavors to bring the ancient craft of weaving seed beads together into the light of the modern world. Moore describes her work as “wall hangings and wearable art hand-woven with glass seed beads, combining original designs with ancient beading techniques.” Swinging on the pendulum between what she defines as “simplistic minimalism” (using very few colors) and a “tropical feast of complimentary hues.”
“I usually pick colors that I like together and see what happens. Rarely do I have a design in mind or on paper beforehand,” explains Moore.
She often finds inspiration via textile books and Bauhaus weaving but says that lately the vibrant maker community, along with finding new beads and color combinations, has been getting her artistic juices flowing.
“I always strive to grow as an artist and push myself further. There are some exciting collaborations stewing, and larger wall hangings.”
creator, art director and author of Collecting Words — Very (Short) Visual (Stories)
BrianFouhy.com | CollectingWords.com/Book | @fouhy
While in grad school five years ago at Boulder Digital Works, Brian Fouhy joined Instagram, a visually creative online platform, and began following different people he found inspiring.
One of which was @josecabaco who photographs a lot of words, which influenced me to begin noticing the words that are all around us and #collectingwords was born,” says Fouhy.
Fouhy began capturing photographs of those words he came across as he wandered through life, on street signs, graffitied walls, etc.
“I had amassed a fairly large collection of words and had always had this thought for a book in the back of my mind. However rather than just feature the words individually, I had the thought to arrange what I had found into stories, in a refrigerator magnet style, where the words in the images came together to tell a bigger story and also allow the images and words to be interpreted in new ways. In all, there are 43 original visual short stories, some fun, some romantic, ultimately showcasing how poetic the world around us can be,” explains Fouhy.
He adds that his strongest source of inspiration often comes from just drifting through streets.
“Some of the best words I have found, I have found by not trying to find them but by wandering and being aware of what surrounds me.”
“I like to think my work is personal, not only for me but of whoever views it. I feel like anyone can look at one of my photos and relate it back to their own life and a memory they have that the word or photo evokes.”