Month: June 2016

Custom Colorado Pyrography Artwork by UrbanDEN

It’s no secret that Coloradans are very proud of their home state! As a transplant that emigrated here from Florida over 7 years ago, I’m officially a proud Coloradan, too!

I was living in the Florida Keys, where my family lives, and kept dreaming of moving West to the Rocky Mountains where I had spent a few summers hiking and working as a conservationist.  Being a mid-twenty something single person, I was looking for a larger city that was either in or extremely close to the high country and wilderness…Denver was really the only option I could come up with.  So, after giving it very little thought and not knowing a single person in Denver, I came up with a timeline and plan and moved out here to begin a new chapter in my life.  It was hands-down the best decision I ever made.  I fell in love with Denver, and more specifically, the Colorado high country, almost instantly.

Coming from Florida, however, I was not expecting the overwhelming state pride I encountered with Coloradans…there were Colorado flags, stickers, hats, and t-shirts everywhere.  People in Florida only really showed pride in their chosen college or professional football teams so state pride was sort of a foreign concept to me.  But it’s very easy to see and understand why there is so much Colorado pride…we truly live in one of the most beautiful places…and apparently a LOT of people agree, as evidenced by the surging number of people moving here every day.

Naturally, I wanted to exhibit my Colorado pride in some way.  I’ve never been one for bumper stickers and I’ve never been a fan of using flags made from weather resistant material as interior decoration…they look great outside but I didn’t have a space to fly one…so what was I to do?  I had contemplated making a Colorado flag out of stained wood but the idea just never inspired me to action.  I knew that whatever I created, I wanted to replicate it and share it with other art-loving, proud Coloradans which meant it not only had to be well-made but also unique with great attention to detail.  So the brainstorming and experimenting began…

I’ve always loved wood.  The smell of it.  The feel of it.  The variation in it.  I’d had experience with pyrography (technique of burning images into wood) many, many years ago and when that somehow popped into my head, I immediately jumped at the idea.  After numerous experiments and trial runs and all the other tribulations and doubt that come along with creation, I finally settled on a concept and set out to perfect it.

I’ve kept the “prototypes” for myself and they are displayed around our house…with all their imperfections and unedited beauty (if you’re into that sort of thing).  But here are the one-of-a-kind ‘production’ pieces that I’ve had at markets and began selling through word of mouth and friends:

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XL size in Flag Blue with gorgeous poplar hardwood frame

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XL size with natural wood stains and a pop of blue wood dye in C. Framed with premium pine stained Provincial.

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Large size in sky blue color scheme with setting sun C motif. Framed in premium pine with walnut stain.

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Medium size with sunset sky color scheme and floating C motif. Framed in premium pine with ebony stain.

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Small size with mountain skyline only, sunset sky, and broncos colors. Premium pine frame stained blue.

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Small size with sky blue color scheme and over-laying, centered C motif

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Mountain State Flag in medium size

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2 foot square with sky blue color scheme. Framed in premium pine with walnut stain.

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Collection of other motifs we do. Simple Denver skyline, all natural stain scheme floating C motif, sky blue color scheme 3 layer mountain motif, Denver skyline with C motif, as well as our small square designs. Small, medium, and large sizes shown.

All of the artwork is hand-made.  Each piece is made from high-quality, hand-selected 1/2″ birch plywood.  I free-hand the mountains and draw everything onto the wood before burning it in.  Once the wood burning is complete, I use a variety of wood stains and tinted dyes to add color and shading while still allowing all of the beautiful wood grain to show through.  Each piece is then finished with satin polyurethane on everything except the raw wood mountains allowing the true tones of the wood to shine.  They are truly a labor of love!

If you are interested in ordering a custom piece of artwork, please send me an email or leave a comment.  There will be a few “custom” listings in the Etsy shop as well. Additionally, I will be adding listings for all pieces that are already completed and not yet sold.

Price list (prices may vary some for custom touches):

Extra-Large: 38 inches wide by 20 inches tall.  Framing adds approximately 4 inches.
Unframed: $295  With Premium Pine Frame: $350  Poplar frame: $375                                                          Other hardwood frames available for market prices

Large: 32 inches wide by 16 inches tall.  Framing adds approximately 4 inches.       Unframed: $195  With Premium Pine Frame: $245  Poplar frame: $275                                                 Other hardwood frames available for market prices

Medium:  24 inches wide by 12 inches tall.  Framing adds approximately 3 inches.           Unframed: $135  With Premium Pine Frame: $165

Small: 20 inches wide by 10 inches tall.  Framing adds approximately 2.5 inches.           Unframed: $100  With Premium Pine Frame: $130

Large Square:  24 inches wide by 24 inches tall.  Framing adds approximately 4 inches.   Unframed: $215  With Premium Pine Frame: $265  Poplar frame: $295                                 Other hardwood frames available for market prices

Small Square: 6 inches. $25

All pieces come ready to hand with framing wire already installed.

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UrbanDEN is back at it!

It’s been a while since I last updated here…life sometimes gets busy and last summer market season was spent painting houses and buildings rather than furniture, canvas, and wood.  This spring, though, allowed me the time to not just paint some great new pieces of furniture, but also to upcycle some traditional/vintage pieces into something entirely new, build some new custom plywood occasional tables, and focus more on wall art! It’s been a wonderful few months and I’m extremely excited with the responses I’ve received on my new endeavors.

In May, I kicked off this summer’s open-air market season with the always wonderful Horseshoe Craft and Flea market in the Berkeley neighborhood.  As always seems to be the case with the first market of the season, I was racing the clock and trying to complete everything on my ambitious list in time which meant many late nights and many long days.  But when the day came, everything was ready, everything was gorgeous, and I was excited to share it all with the wonderful crowds that the Horseshoe Market always brings out.

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The booth all set up as the market officially opened

Of course, it wouldn’t be an UrbanDEN space without LOTS of vibrant and cheerful colors!
We were all set up and ready for an awesome day by 9am.  Mother Nature had other plans, though, and the day started off overcast, dreary, and cold…it stayed this way for a couple of hours and then progressively got worse.  Around 11 am the drizzling rain started, and soon gave way to pouring rain, which soon gave way to hail and thunder and lightning and flooding.  I had to rearrange the entire booth to squeeze everything in under the tent to protect it from the weather, and then we ended up having to zip the entire tent up, essentially closed up shop, to wait out the hail and thunderstorms.

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A peek in to the bunker where we waited out the worst of the weather

Thankfully, at some point around 1, the market organizers came around and announced they are calling off the market and we were allowed to pack up and head for the warmth and dry of home.

Even though we endured some crazy weather and the market was shut down early, it was still a good day.  I sold a few pieces of my Colorado pyrography (see next post) art, including the beautiful centerpiece to a very excited couple, and met some great people who really enjoyed seeing the beautiful work I pour my heart into creating.

Here are some pictures of the furniture pieces we had at the market, many of which are, or will soon be, available for purchase in our Etsy shop:

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