Elke is a master leather worker and small business owner!

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1. Where do you live?

Boulder, CO

2. What inspires you?

Beautiful textiles, natural wood & worn leather. Functional objects that have a history whether it's an antique Naval duffle bag or a wooden spoon with a great patina.

3. What led you to your path as an artist?

I grew up with my grandparents living with us & my grandfather was a professional commercial artist. I was in love with his studio & all the paints and creativity that happened in that space. Drawing & art was always encouraged. I can't remember a time that I wasn't working on some kind of creative endeavor.

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5. Necessary luxury?

Marvis toothpaste

6. Guilty pleasure?

Justin's dark chocolate peanut butter cups

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8. Who inspires you?

My sister

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10. Book you can't live without?

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

11. Ultimate vacation destination?



Elke, a native New Yorker, started her life in design in NYC after studying fine art in college. After stumbling into the menswear business it quickly became the career path she stuck to. When her children were born it was a good opportunity to take some time off to focus on family. During that period she was free to start playing with her hands again & venture into the handmade side of things. Moving to Colorado 6 years ago was the perfect time to start planning a small business that could incorporate her love & need to use her hands. By elke, a handmade bag company was the result. Elke is a self taught leather worker who believes that by just putting in the hours & by constantly experimenting with different materials, creative possibilities are endless.




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