100 Colorado Creatives: Chris Loffelmacher

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#29: Chris Loffelmacher

Chris Loffelmacher is a guy who makes things happen and a man of grand passions; somehow, the two traits meld perfectly in his programming for the Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life series. Loffelmacher's obsessions -- everything from old movies and knitting to high fashion and everything Parisian -- all weave their way into Fresh City Life's free, community-friendly events, workshops, cooking demos, concerts and crafty DIY hoedowns. He's also a crafter and talented knitter in his own right, taking to the needles to create saucy retro-inspired hats, frilly scarves and shimmery shawls that he markets under the guise of Caveman Knits.

We asked Loffelmacher to answer our 100CC questionnaire; check out his replies below.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Evan Weissman

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If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

Diana Vreeland, Vogue magazine editor, consultant for Metropolitan Museum of Art and supreme arbiter of style. I'd love to work with someone whose creative vision is substantial, unerring and so completely unique. Vreeland could be stubborn and inflexible about how she wanted things to be. I kinda love that quality when it comes to artistic vision. And there is something very P.T. Barnum about the way Vreeland enticed her audience -- beauty mixed with street style mixed with sideshow.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

Los Angeles-based artist, Ben Cuevas. I was drawn to Ben's work originally because of his use of knitting in sculptural, representational form. I've grown to love his broad exploration of art through many mediums and disciplines.

What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

Yarn-bombing. I like the concept, but I feel like knitting and fiber arts are already undervalued and viewed as more therapeutic pursuit than possible artform. The transient nature of yarn-bombing fuels that perception -- for me anyway.

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