Seeing Is Believing at Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax

A pair of sunglasses created by Dmitri Obergfell.
A pair of sunglasses created by Dmitri Obergfell. Photo courtesy of Dikeou Collection
Sunglasses can be more than just a way to shield our eyes from the sun. They can offer us protection from intruders trying to gaze into our soul, while simultaneously revealing our personality...or as much of our  personality as we want to reveal.

The Dikeou Collection is currently hosting SupaStore Human — We Are the Product at its pop-up gallery; it's an installation by British artist Sarah Staton that creates an opportunity for viewers to examine the intersections between art, publications, fashion, design and commerce while also perhaps buying some handcrafted art objects. Building on that concept, the Dikeou Collection recently offered a workshop where attendees were invited to make a custom pair of sunglasses with materials provided by the gallery. At the workshop, we spoke with gallery director Hayley Richardson about the installation and her own fashion sense.

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Materials to create custom sunglasses.
Photo courtesy of Dikeou Collection
Westword: Who or what inspires your style?

Hayley Rickardson: The women in my family are very stylish — way more than I am — and their tastes definitely rub off on me. I am drawn to classic styles that I can add contemporary elements to.

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Hannah Cole and Dmitri Obergfell at the Dikeou Collection.
Photo courtesy of Dikeou Collection
What is your favorite color?

Anything paired with black. Let’s just say black.

What is your favorite accessory?

Unique jewelry of any kind. I have a lot of pieces friends and family made for me, and those are my favorites.

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Creating art on spec...tacles.
Mauricio Rocha
What is the relationship between fashion and art?

They go hand in hand, in my mind. They each represent creative self-expression, both by those who make it and by those who consume it.

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A pair of sunglasses customized with wire flowers by Jose Roman.
Mauricio Rocha
What three words best describe your style?

Versatile, subtle, uncomplicated.

SupaStore Human – We Are the Product is on view through Friday, March 16, at Dikeou Pop-Up: Colfax, 213 East Colfax Avenue. Starting Monday, March 5, the gallery will offer 20 percent off on all art objects until the exhibit closes. Click here for more information. 
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Mauricio Octavio Rocha graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English writing and a minor in cinema studies; He has been writing about fashion and style for Westword since 2012. Rocha also writes songs for his music and art project, VULGAR FEVER.
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