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100 Colorado Creatives: Jil Cappuccio & Kirsten Coplans of SEWN

#21: Jil Cappuccio & Kirsten Coplans

Long before seamstress/designer JIl Cappuccio and upcycled-clothing designer Kirsten Coplans opened their South Broadway boutique SEWN, the two handy friends found ways to market their lines as a duo -- at gift markets and craft fairs and special events they threw themselves. Then the plans for their concrete joint business solidified, and they've never looked back. In fact, as they share below, they are now considering ways to expand their brand and concept.

See also: 100 Colorado Creatives: Samuel Schimek

In a world where everything is throwaway, Cappuccio and Coplans make a case for turning old into new, through old-fashioned craftsmanship and a copacetic design sense. That's a tall order in the big-box jungle in which we live; we asked the entrepreneurial pair to share how they do it via the 100CC questionnaire, which they tackled in their usual way -- by collaborating.

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

We would love to collaborate with Nick Cave. He seems like a kindred spirit in terms of his extensive collecting of vintage. Especially the items focusing on the handmade, like his multitude of crochet pieces. We have incorporated vintage crochet and quilts in the workings of SEWN. The similarities we found with our store and our own personal collections was surprising and inspirational. After seeing his recent exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, we both remarked that we had some of those pieces in our own collections. Collaborating with him would be a dream come true.

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

We are interested in Swedish artist Michael Johansson right now. He works in repeated patterns and orders a chaos of disparate objects to create seamless, cohesive art works. His work interfaces with the environment and often exists outside of the gallery space. His transformation of everyday objects into works of art is inspirational.

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

Mustache iconography.

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