Meet the Maker: The Anders Collective
The Anders Collective (Brent & Luisa) is a husband + wife duo with a joint love for creating beauty. When they’re not fashioning charcuterie boards out of reclaimed wood here in Denver, you can find them rummaging through other people's things (more commonly known as estate-saleing), reveling in the outdoors, or pretending they’re pho connoisseurs.
Q: At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?
B&L: While creativity has always played a big role in our lives in various shapes and sizes, the anders collective was just launched last September 2018. We were at a big turning point in life--Brent had lost his job one week before we lost our son Bennett Anders, and we needed something to do with our grief. And while art and creativity is by no means a cure for grief and sorrow, it certainly has helped us moved through it in different ways.
Q: Do you have a favorite coffee/tea spot?
B&L: Spur on Lincoln--mostly because they have the most amazing tea lattes. Out of town--Brown Dog coffee in Buena Vista--not because it's fancy or boasts any special ambiance, but because it holds memories for us.
Q: Where did you grow up?
B&L: Brent grew up on what his family likes to call a "city slicker's farm" in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They play "pretend" farm--hosting small herds of Texas longhorns from time to time and picking raspberries in the summers. Luisa grew up in Arlington, VA. Just across the river from the National Mall in DC--far from farm life. She moved out to Denver in May of 2014 and Brent, in hot pursuit of Luisa, moved just after Thanksgiving the following year :-)
Q: Did you learn the business yourself or have a mentor?
B&L: Is youtube considered a mentor? :-) We are entirely self-taught.
Q: What album/song are you currently listening to?
B&L: Maybe it's the unusually grey, dreary skies we've had recently, but we've had Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado symphony orchestra on repeat.
Q: It's the weekend. What do you see yourself doing?
B&L: We enjoy s l o w--whether it's a walk that involves coffee, or some good old backyard barbecue--Brent has perfected smoking meat on our tiny charcoal grill :-) Yes, I said tiny charcoal grill.