RESIDENT CREATIVESSome of the amazing creative individuals & small businesses that call GRACe 'home'. Francine Campone My work explores connection, reconnection and the ways that experiences alter the material of our lives. My grandfather was a master tailor who immigrated in the early 20 th from his home in southern Italy to New York City. He met and married my grandmother, a seamstress, and set up a home filled with scissors, thread, fabric and sewing machines. Thus, I owe my existence to stitching and I have thread in my DNA. My interest in working with fiber is driven by this history and by an acknowledgement that fiber is a most intimate and accessible material. Thousands of times each day, we touch and are touched by plant and animal fibers: bedsheets and pillowcases, hand towels, socks, underwear, sweaters, baskets, jeans, curtains, magazines, seat cushions, envelopes- the list is endless. Each wearing, touch and rub leaves a trace and the material is altered in some subtle way. I use a variety of textile processes to explore these traces and to remake discards, remnants and recycled items into something new. I consider my work a form of reincarnation; nothing is wasted, nothing disappears. These works are an invitation to renew awareness of the fiber of our lives– the colors, textures, connections, loose ends, what is unravelled, what needs mending– and to consider how experiences form and re-form life into a whole cloth. Susan DillonFiber & mixed media artist Susan Dillon combines fabric, fibers, stitch and found objects into 2d & 3d pieces, as well as wearable art, examining the connection and interaction between emotion and the physical world. It is the tactile nature of fiber that first drew Susan to the medium, and it allows her the “hands on” exploration she needs to create her pieces. Most pieces start with a simple detail or even a phrase, then through manipulation of the materials, Susan allows the piece to evolve on its own. Often the final piece is a surprise, even to Susan. Susan’s work his been displayed and is collected nationally & internationally, and she has her studio at GRACe in Denver. You can visit Susan in her studio by appointment. Heidi WestHeidi West is a fourth generation native to Colorado. Her small-scale abstracted landscapes in oil, dominated by rich texture and vivid color, are drawn from memories and the emotional and visual impressions imprinted upon her as a result of her geographic heritage. Heidi is interested in the interplay between the external environment and an the internal emotional experience and seeks to use the sense of movement through space as a mirror for the way we might move through an inner emotional landscape over time. EcoJarzEcoJarz is a small Denver-based company focused on challenging the concept of throw-away culture. We create the highest quality mason jar accessories that are guaranteed for life! The original concept is so simple and irresistible: take an already perfect glass canning jar and add a stainless steel lid to convert it into a reusable to-go mug that can be used over and over again. Our products are manufactured responsibly with sustainable, non-toxic materials and shipped with minimal, plastic-free packaging that is 100% recyclable. All of our products are designed to simplify your life, be multi-functional, and to reduce wasteful consumption. We truly believe that you can do good work while treating the planet well! Covert Metals Covert Metals is a one-person metal working studio located in Denver, Colorado with roots reaching from New York to Texas. Each piece is hand crafted using traditional metalsmithing techniques. Covert Metals emphasizes unique one of a kind design that melds contemporary styling with hand forged detailing. Edgar DumasThe Humble Monkeys StudioI like to feel the paint- to experience its consistency, the brushstrokes, the texture and their effects on the vivid colors I use. My subject matter is both personal and true to the way I live my life- both familiar and intimate. JonjiJonathan GarbettHello, I am Jonji, an artist and graphic designer living in Denver, CO. I love clouds, coffee, and gradients. Most of my work is digital, but I have been painting more frequently. I graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s in Graphic Design. Shortly after, I moved to Denver and got a studio at GRACe. This was my first step to supporting myself with my passion and I will never look back! The Studio on Paradox LaneThe Studio on Paradox Lane features the fine art and other creative adventures of Erika LZ Delzell. A contemporary artist working in Denver, she predominately works in oil paint on found objects to combine contemplative practice and social activism with and a deep seated love of color and paint to create timeless visual explorations of the human experience. The results are delicately intuitive works showcasing the power of often forgotten glimpses of reality as they were meant to be seen. Erika holds a BFA in painting, and studio arts photography & ceramics from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Art Therapy from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Please e-mail with commission requests or to schedule a studio visit. Katie FunkMy name is Katie Funk and I am a printmaker, illustrator and a high school art teacher based in Denver. Being a teacher, I am always looking to learn new ways of making art so I tend to dabble in multiple media, techniques and styles. My inspirations come from everywhere; my students, the outdoors, goats, my dogs, and living with mental illness. My art tends to be in two polar opposite categories; childlike and lighthearted or realistic and emotional. Despite the categories, I enjoy working with line, symmetry and bright colors. Steve Sells Studio Sarah Nix is a visual artist and poet living in Denver. She received a BFA in 2006 from Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis. She has recently exhibited work at Core New Art Space and the Lone Tree Art Center. Her poetry has appeared in CALYX Journal, Rust + Moth, DIALOGIST, and others.Lara BuelowLara Buelow is a primary a mixed media draw-er and muralist. Born in Germany and raised in the Bay Area, Lara creates at home and abroad. Her wanderlust has led to a love of sketchbooks and collage, incorporating bits and pieces of her surroundings into her work. Lara is always seeking to build bridges between the dualities in life. She has embraced the big city of NYC and smaller communities in Washington and New Mexico. Lara’s life in Denver is now focused on raising two little kiddos, maintaining her career coaching and mural businesses, and squeezing in fun creative moments when she can. Miri RobertsMiri Roberts is a Colorado based artist born and raised in the Denver metro area. She creates art through many different types of mediums and styles. Her inspiration comes from nature, traveling, pop culture, music, and a vivid imagination. Outside of creating art, Miri loves hiking, journaling, writing poetry, reading, and spending time with her husband Wes, and son Evan.