100 Colorado Creatives: Meghan Throckmorton Collar
#24: Meghan Throckmorton Collar
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Meghan Throckmorton Collar likes to think small, and that's in no way a putdown: A creative crafter, designer and owner of the Rakun boutique on Santa Fe Drive, she's both the product of and a mover in her own immediate little world of local trade -- which is not only more personal, but also a rising economic trend in the urban marketplace. A founder of the loose alliance of Denver Independent Boutiques and involved as well in the Denver Handmade Alliance, Throckmorton Collar is a loud but gentle voice in the local entrepreneurial art movement. She steps on that soapbox for this 100CC questionnaire; continue reading for her homey point of view.
See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Kalina Ross
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
I'm a crafter and community builder, and I long for times past when communities formed around artisan crafters. I would love to go back to a time when a strong community and skilled artisans were critical to survival, and everyday life included chatting with bakers, milliners and weavers. Being part of the crowd stitching away at a quilting bee would teach me more than any fascinating famous person could. I believe in everyday people being creative every day, and I love that people are starting to see that a simpler life is critical to sustaining both our communities and the environment. I am drawn to folk arts both past and present, and I often daydream about a quiet apprenticeship with any number of master craftspeople. I mean, how cool would it be to learn to bake bread from a French boulanger or to hand-quilt from a pioneer grandma?
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
My world is intentionally very small, so most of the people who interest me are my colleagues and neighbors. I look to my immediate community first for inspiration, and I love what my snail's eye view discovers. Slowing down and looking closely opens up this Nathalie Sarraute sort of world, where flashes of quiet creativity really shine. Taking time to look closely uncovers the world of meaning beneath the surface of everyday interactions. I am so fascinated by anyone taking time each day to be quietly, humbly creative. Emi Knight of the Strawberry Runners has been a regular in my shop for ages, and it took forever for me to put her face to the band. She plays in the garden with my daughter and cat, quietly chats, and loses track of time. It's inspiring to see her life and art so close/intertwined. My dear friend, illustrator Sara Guindon, inspires me with her easygoing creativity, too. She isn't afraid to be subtle, and that makes her work so compelling.
What's one art trend you want to see die this year?
The craft and fashion communities in Denver are so full of amazing, creative and heartfelt people. Luckily, there are a lot of great opportunities for them to showcase their work, too. Sometimes, there are still events that exploit fashion and craft creatives, though, and this breaks my heart. I'd love Denver to continue to celebrate the authentic fashion shows and craft markets and eventually drown out the few exploitative shows. There should be a clear choice for which events help fashion and craft creatives grow and which are perhaps a poor choice of resources. I'd love to see Denver get to a point where there's just no question: Every craft market and every fashion show is a great experience for everyone. It's a goal that we are working toward with Denver Handmade Alliance by vetting craft markets, and I think Fashion Association Denver is working toward a similar goal, so I'm confident that my little daydream is just around the corner.
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