Meet the Maker: Alexa Allen

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Alexa Allen is an artist, designer, and craftswoman. Formally trained as a woodworker at CCA in San Francisco, she moved to Boulder to learn another craft – leather work. Since then, she has been running her own leather goods business for the last six yeas with private commissions, architectural work, and even education. Her work has been featured in Martha Stewart Magazine, Real Simple, 5280 Home, and Boulder Lifestyle.


Q: At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?

 
 
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Alexa: I have always been creative, but I believed that a liberal arts education would be a well-rounded choice. But I think the minute I graduated from college with an art history degree I decided I was tired of talking about other people’s art and needed to make some of my own…So I went on to art school to learn how to make furniture.


Q: Where did you grow up?

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Alexa: I grew up in Boulder, but I moved to the East Coast when I was 15. I moved back to boulder about 10 years ago after living in California for quite a while.


Q: Do you have a favorite piece you’ve made?

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Alexa: I think my favorite piece I have made is actually a stool I made in art school. I love it because it is very monolithic, and very unlike my current style. The stool is a good reminder that it is ok to be constantly evolving in form and style. (at least for me!)


Q: What are three words you would use to best describe your work?

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Alexa: I would describe my work as: modern masculine with a nod to my contemporary craft (art school) roots.


Q: What was the last concert/show you attended?

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Alexa: I saw Middle Kids in Denver. They are an Australian bad with a kick-ass woman singer.


Q: What album/song are you currently listening to?

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Whitney: Little Simz, Grey Area. Because sometime I like to pretend I am not just a nerdy mom. ;)


Q: It’s the weekend. What do you see yourself doing?

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Alexa: Working!