Craft and Customization:
Highlighting Denver’s Maker Movement

Jul 17 2017
1:00 pm
CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning
1250 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Craft and Customization:
Highlighting Denver’s Maker Movement

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How do Denver’s local makers and retailers survive and thrive in the face of the rapid rise of e-commerce and mass-production?  This panel discussion will feature several prominent local makers, including an industrial designer, a furniture designer, and a fashion/accessory line that have found success in Denver by prioritizing craft and authenticity in their handmade products.
These makers will speak to starting your own business, the Denver maker-community, as well as the role of craft and customization as it relates to their work and business model.

Phil Mann operates Phillip Mann Studios, which provides design, fabrication and consultation services to clients from around the country. His work has been shown in a variety of museums and galleries as well as venues such as the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Italy.
Mike Blea is the Co-founder and Senior Design Principal of Raw Creative. His focus is on merging design, construction and custom fabrication into one seamless process.
Jordan Vaughn is the owner/architect of Vonmod, a team of designers and architects that utilize automation and 3d modeling to manufacture custom casework, furniture, art, and so much more.
Raw Creative co-founder Breton Lujan is committed to delivering simple yet functional design through the exploration of natural materials and “green” passive systems. His background in fabrication includes general metal work, fine carpentry, and GFRC concrete.
 Donnie Criswell is the owner of Design It Yourself, a company that designs and builds custom furniture for commercial and residential spaces.

Todd Budin is currently Head of Marketing and Growth at Vonmod, a modern design-build cabinetry shop in Denver.