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The Collective - Zoet Design

Designers are always our favorites. They make the world a more beautiful place and we love that. This completely applies to stationery designer and owner of Zoet Design, Kristie Carney. Her work is stunning and she makes our collective a more wonderful and beautiful place!

Discovering my calling as a stationery designer started young. I can remember when making collages, sketching, and scrapbooking was all I wanted to do in my free time. In high school my love of drawing and watercolor painting became my passion, and was my escape from the daily stresses of being a teenager.

I graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor’s of Science in Advertising. My emphasis was through the ATLAS program in Technology, Arts and Media, where my my design skills started blossoming and I discovered that I truly wanted to be creating beautiful things. I have continued taking courses on graphic design, calligraphy and the arts beyond my college days.

When it came to designing my own wedding, I flourished with learning all about the printing techniques, wedding etiquette and branding the day with how I wanted it to be perceived by our guests. My love for wedding stationery started long before I was married, but was confirmed then.

My office is full of watercolors, pens, pencils, my mind is full of ideas for patterns, illustrations and layouts. I look forward to creating something truly unique and original for you.

The Collective - Lisa Rundall Photography

Lisa's enthusiasm for her work along with her genuine interest in those around her made us love her right away! We are thrilled to have her as part of our collective!

Photographer Lisa Rundall uses her background in graphic design, art direction and studio art to influence her photography. Based in Colorado, she can be found working on portraits, travel, weddings and most anything of interest. We are surrounded by beauty everyday. From the person sitting next to you, the sky outside your window, the soft light at the end of the day... these are the things that keep her inspired. 

Receiving continued praise for her very personal and creative style that is as modern as it is timeless. She absolutely loves to capture all the wonderful moments and emotions that create a wedding and she puts her heart and soul into each event to create unique memories. Ultimately, these beautiful memories become heirlooms and are passed on from generations to generations. There is no greater responsibility. Often, the elements of a beautiful, compelling photograph align in the blink of an eye. Lisa approaches every assignment with the same sense of interaction and process that first drew her to photography.

The Collective - Ladybird Poppy

As members of the wedding community we tend to get #vendorcrushes. It is the same feeling you get when you see that cute boy but instead you are crushing on this person's genius with whatever it is they are good at. In this case, we have had a major #vendorcrush on our newest collective member for as long as we can remember. It started with simply seeing her floral designs to seeing her in action on a wedding day and knowing we had found a real talent. Not to mention we just wanted to be friends with her!

When Sarah Tedford with Ladybird Poppy told us she wanted to be part of the Union27 Collective we just about peed our pants! She has been our gotta get list for months and we couldn't be more excited to have her designing her creations in our space. 

Ladybird Poppy is the floral source for inspired hearts, specializing in weddings and events. Using trusted techniques to form original creations, we thrive on the extraordinary. 

Sarah has garnered a reputation for gorgeous, eclectic concepts with a smile. Sixteen years of floral craft enliven her works with whimsical sophistication. She values the collaborative process and brings out individual style in each commission. Her relationships with local wholesalers ensure integrity in every stem she plucks.

Sparking Your Creativity

The winter blues are upon us! Even in 300-days-of-sunshine Denver, Colorado we feel the energy drain and the brain start to fog in the winter months. As creatives, especially in the wedding industry, this is our "slow season'. The time of year where we re-look at our processes, tally all those receipts, and maybe even for a few days, take a breather. But this is where the danger lurks. In this slow time, we creatives can, well, get lazy. Without the hustle and bustle we aren't actively using that spark we have inside that makes us different than the number crunchers. But that spark IS what makes us different, what makes our business run. So if you are feeling a little out of sorts, try some of these ideas to reignite the creative juices!


Use Your Hands

Get off your computer and get working on something! Cook, bake, knit, sew, indoor garden (for those of us really stuck in winter), write a poem, heck write a short story, paint, or try some of the pinterest projects you've been saving up. Using your hands adds in another sense and your mind is freer to explore. Plus using your hands can start to release tension which helps open the door for creativity.

For Denver People - Head over t0 Upstairs Circus for some serious hands on crafting!

Read Something New

Reading, especially fiction, will spark new ideas and get you thinking again. Getting lost in a story is one of the best ways to bring about new ideas. If you haven't picked up a new book since high school then try a collection of short stories or even grab a graphic novel.  Novels not your thing? Try a biography or even a how-to book and learn something new.

For a current twist try picking up any of the following books that are also 2016 Oscar nominated films; The Revenant, Room, Brooklyn, The Martian, The Danish Girl and The Big Short.

Take a Tour of Your City

Playing tourist in your own city is a great way to look at things in a whole new light. Head over to the science museum, or stroll the river walk. Make a list of all the things you've always wanted to do in your city and do one each week. They can be as small as visiting a new coffee shop or you can go big and take in a professional sports game or take a guided tour of the city and see what you don't know about where you live!

Denverites - Have you ever done the Mint Tour or experienced Casa Bonita?

Go Watch Someone Else's Craft

Nothing inspires more than watching our fellow creatives do their thing. Take time to go see a play, hear some live music, head to an art museum, partake in a fashion show, or sit at a chef's counter while you dine out. Watching how someone else hones their craft and exhibits their creativity teaches us how to let go and let the ideas flow. It also shows us part of creativity we may not possess and that is inspiring.

For all the Denver arts happenings check out Westword's Arts Calendar