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BONNIE {welder, artist}

How do you see yourself in your environment ... and thinking about your place in community, the landscape and the world.
— Bonnie Gregory

Moments here are etched in time. Forged with fire. Erosion. Sand and ice. Form and flow. Our landscape, our time. Drawn by the wind and the rain. Look around you.

There. In this very moment, where do you stand? In an intersection? In a square room? How your back forms to that chair, in your vehicle of such velocity. 

Look how we wield these forces. Now you begin to see how.   

Landform is a Denver-based welder, Bonnie Gregory. An artist, a sailor, a former musician, a mother of two. Her work is completely inspired by nature and utility. Like the steps into the seas of Vic, Iceland, she crafts shelves that mimic the lava structures. She builds mirrors based on the plains. Rather than a portrait of oneself we see every day, Bonnie crafted a vista for us to see ourselves in our wider, richer environment.

"How do you see yourself in your environment rather than how do you over-obsess if you look good or not. It's more like how am I in my environment right now. Not over-obsessing over the self, and thinking about your place in community, the landscape and the world."

While sketching designs and notes in the corner of Huckleberry Roasters, a Denver coffee shop, Bonnie talked about her experience as an apprentice and her involvement with Denver's leading welders and artists. She began her work by learning and being humbled every day. And now she is able to craft her own approach to form and function.

"I want your furniture to be more like gear," she said. "I want furniture to not be this static fixture in your life. Rather, I want it to have high function but also feel really beautiful."

We looked out the long glass window and noticed the new buildings steadily amassing along the Larimer corridor.

"You can feel the presence in a space," Bonnie said. "When they bring in a certain designer, their work there becomes a moment in time and you can feel it."

We noticed the craftsmanship that goes into our every day shops, streets and infrastructure. All a part of our world. Everything as form. Yes, all the details. That is, if you look closely.

"The city is doing a lot to hold space for artists," she said. "But I think it’s important for artists to find a space that they love. Wherever I go next I’m sure it won’t be as romantic. It’s like a relationship—it’s going to be good, but it’s different. And it will always be a magical space. The people there—we’ll miss each other."

 

And then there are the moments when she puts down the fire. When she eases back into her softer animal. When she wipes the steel dust off her face and picks up her daughter from school and walks children through the city's neighborhood to the soccer field. There she is forging something much different.

"I think work and life balance is about surrender," Bonnie said. "Your work is something that is going to be as much influenced by the other things in your life as your life is going to be influenced by the work that you’ve chosen to do."

To be continued ...