Sunday, March 16, 2014

Creating Soul Out of Brass, Bridles and Loads of Leather

Stepping into by elke's charming studio, located in downtown Boulder, is like stepping back in history; from the quaint architecture of the 1898 cottage, to the retro pieces of furniture so thoughtfully selected, along with the old world smells from the vintage collection of horse bridles, WWII canvas, and the colorful collection of leather. 

It was a girls night == we were here to take in the all the leather-creativity, gab a little, meet new friends, and shop.

A spontaneous call went out to a few creative girlfriends, Ann Marie, painter/designer/creativity guide and owner of Live.Life.Wonderful and Beth Pomerantz, painter and owner of Firefly Handmade. We met at the super-tasty Zeal restaurant for a visit and to join shopping-forces before making our way to Elke's studio.

Meet Elke !

by elke is a small, old fashioned, handmade bag and accessory company. Each bag is made one at a time and the details are addressed for just that bag. Elke works out of a small studio and specializes in making unique and individual bags in very low quantities. Personally I have to say, they are gorgeous and seriously rival any bags you'll find in Sundance or any other designer site.

Kim Clary, jewelry artist, shows off her by elke bag
she said she carries all of her jewelry supplies in hers,
w/ all the inside pockets it works out perfectly

Meet Kim !

We also had the opportunity to meet Kim Clary, Boulder jewelry artist and owner of Kim Clary Designs. Her work is a great combination of brass, leather, bone and stone and looks terrific layered together.

photo by kim clary

Did you miss the Open House? 
Not to worry, they are both presenting their work at the Spring Firefly Market  :  April 26th & 27th


  1. A wonderful evening filled with friendship and amazing design. Thank you Catherine for introducing me to these two lovely artists.