100 Colorado Creatives: Chris Loffelmacher
#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
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.
A mosaic painting by Chris Loffelmacher.
What's your day job?
Fresh City Life -- which is adult cultural programming for Denver Public Library. And I really love that the Denver Public Library makes cultural programming accessible to all patrons. Since most Fresh City Life events are free and open to the public, these programs can be enjoyed by everyone -- even customers who otherwise could not participate at ticketed events with a cost attached.
A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it?
I'd use the funds to help other creatives and creative organizations to further Denver's progress as an outpost for the arts. After I set up my Paris studio.
What's the one thing Denver (or Colorado) could do to help the arts?
Cancel football. Then teach the citizenry that it isn't enough to just think good thoughts about art. If you like art and want to support it - find an emerging artist and support art by making a purchase.
Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?
What's on your agenda for the rest of 2013 and beyond?
A chance to reboot while on holiday: Paris in December with my niece -- on the occasion of her fifteenth birthday. Then back to Denver and planning a new year of cultural events for Denver Public Library. Our 2014 calendar will reflect the changing landscape of event programming and the music and crafts scene in Denver that grows stronger every year. And personally, I'll be working on a couple large-scale fiber pieces, designing new accessories for fall 2014 based on the movie Desk Set (1957) and continued work on the mosiac painting style that I began exploring in 2013.
Who do you think will get noticed in the local arts (or whatever) community this year?
I'm awful at prognostication, but if I had to commit, I'd say that artists working in discards would be excellent to see trending again. Found art, recycled materials, trash art. I'm also a huge fan of ceramicist Marie Gibbons. She already has a great reputation and fan base, but any increase in her reputation is deserved and would spring from her ingenious and tireless work on her art.
To stay up to date on free public programs at the Denver Public Library, visit Fresh City Life online.
Throughout the year, we'll be shining the spotlight on 100 superstars from Denver's rich creative community. Stay tuned to Show and Tell for more, or visit the 100 Colorado Creatives archive to catch up.
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