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Meet Jodie Roth Cooper of TBD Studio in RiNo

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jodie Roth Cooper.

Jodie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’ve been in Denver for the past six years living and working in a small warehouse on Downing Street. I was born and grew up in London England and fell in love with Colorado many years ago, after graduating from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan I made the move here to make Colorado my home. I am currently in the process of moving my studio and home out of the city to a larger facility in the mountains. My interest in architecture and design preceded any ambition to work as a sculptor. While in undergrad I began to work on small scale jewelry and metal projects which gradually evolved into larger sculpture. I’m fascinated with creating large scale work which engages the viewer and allows them to explore and experience it in three dimensional space as they move around or through the form.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It’s easy to look back on the past 15 or so years and draw a relatively straight line to where I am now, but at the time the reality is always drastically different. My decision to return to Colorado was something I was confident in, it has been the place I have felt most at home and wanted to return to since I spent a winter season in Summit County 19 years ago. The reality of making the move was scary and overwhelming. I signed a three year lease on a building that we had only visited once, I made the move with my partner at the time Jordan Gravely and Tenzin Phuntsok another friend from Cranbrook. The commitment at the time to a $3,600 lease in combination with not knowing a single person in Denver was daunting at the time and seems a little crazy in hindsight. I’ve spent the past six years in survival mode, finding different ways to make rent, Tenzin left after one year here and returned to the east coast and for the past three and a half years I’ve been managing the space on my own, subletting parts of the property and taking on projects that I would not have imagined I would ever encounter. I feel very lucky to have been fortunate enough to have made it through this period and still be producing work that I’m proud of. The journey to this point has been riddled with self-doubt, anxiety and long periods of depression. What has made it worthwhile are the exceptional people I have had in my life along the way who have helped me through some of the more trying times and been there to celebrate my accomplishments. Thank you!

Please tell us about your work.
The focus of my practice is art, a majority of which is metal sculpture. However, I do work on other materials when appropriate. I also do a great deal of custom architectural metal fabrication, most of which I get to design. I pride myself on communicating well with clients doing what I say I will and making sure that they are happy with the outcome.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
There is not a crowning moment that I am most proud of in my career. The genuine pride I feel comes incrementally when people are affected by my work, whether it be design that effects a client daily or the impact of installation or piece of sculpture that gives someone an experience they might not have otherwise had.

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Caleb Alvarado

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