2014 Recap

About a year ago, Danielle and I teamed up to make something amazing! With the dream of creating a new business, we started off on an adventure together. Nothing ever goes exactly as planned but, were still here making strides forward and always improving. Right now we have been focusing on jewelry with the intention of expanding into fine art, antiques and gift. Here is a collection of our last year. 



Flying Car 2014

Hi guys!

This past week I (hi it's Danielle!) was able to attend the Flying Car 2014: People Powered Innovation event.  Flying Car was a (2) day conference that brought together entrepreneurs and innovation dreamers alike at the UW-Milwaukee Zelazo Center.  During this event we were introduced to a multitude of speakers, several hands-on lab experiences and (2) packed days of networking with Milwaukee's brightest minds.  

While there were a ton of highlights - I wanted to outline (3) of the biggest take-aways I gathered while attending.

Highlight #1 - David "Shingy" Shing - AOL Digital Prophet

I consider anyone who owns a business, is thinking about opening a business, writes a blog, maintains your own social media page (you get the point) - in the "marketing business."  Shingy works for AOL and is a MASTERMIND at the art of speaking.  From the moment he stepped on the stage the entire room was engaged.  

He speaks to our social media overload - and man is he right!  So how does one stand out in this world?  From delivering useful content, to exploring your mobile interface - Shingy has a ton of great information.  If you're up for (15) minutes of entertainment and education take a peek at his Tedx Talk here:

He's SUPER into augmented reality too.  Want to see a local artist who is using this tool?  Check out our friend Dena Nord and her brilliant work here.  In fact she took 1st place at the Flying Car Poster Competition in 2013!

Highlight #2 - "Designing Spaces for Collaboration" - Carlton Reeves

Carlton and other University Innovation Fellows put together a wonderful hands-on lab that really outlined the need for thinking about the space you place yourself and your coworkers in.  This lab really stood out as it facilitated hands-on learning.  From the moment the lab started, we were placed into teams in different scenarios trying to "solve puzzles."  We were sitting, we were standing, we were given a white board, a variety of tools were on each table - and throughout it all we learned what worked for us and our teammates.  

Really hands out, easy and fun learning - hoping Flying Car focuses on more of these types of labs next year!

Highlight #3 - Steve Wozniak

The man needs no introduction.  The Woz - the brain behind the Apple I and Apple II - was a revolutionary part of computer innovation.  While I am not an engineer - hearing him speak crossed industries and I truly believe everyone was able to take a few new ways of thinking away.  What stuck with me the most?

“Building a product that you want is more important than building it for others.” - Steve Wozniak

Whether it's a piece of our jewelry, or we're picking...our filter at Copper Shoppe is always whether or not it' hits our standards.  Don't focus on making something "good enough" - instead use the filter of whether or not you would appreciate it if it was given to you.  We're tough critics - and expect only the best - which is exactly what our customers deserve.

 

All in all, Flying Car was a fantastic experience that I look forward to attending again next year!

Why Copper (Cu)?

Copper is one of our most versatile metals in the world.  Whether it's being used to hold our Moscow Mule, draining water from a roof as an antique drainpipe or has been molded into a beautiful piece of jewelry (our favorite!) - it just speaks to us!

Our favorite aspect of copper...it gets better with age.  We've all seen the dramatic differences between shiny, native copper to the beautiful turquoised patina after copper has been exposed to the elements.  At Copper Shoppe we thrive on natural beauty - and copper never fails.

See some of our favorite copper uses below - and don't forget to stop by and say hi at this Saturday's (6/28) Milwaukee Outdoor Urban Market!

See what else inspires us here on our Copper Shoppe Pinterest Page.

 


First Show of the Summer...

We had a great time at our first Outdoor Urban Market this past Saturday!

It was wonderful to see so many talented artists, along with all of your beautiful faces.  We have many more Saturdays to go - so if you couldn't make it this past weekend, come see us on any of the dates listed here!

We'll be there with our shop set-up on the following dates from 10AM-3PM:

  • 6/14/2014
  • 6/21/2014
  • 6/28/2014
  • 7/5/2014
  • 7/12/2014
  • 7/26/2014
  • 8/2/2014
  • 8/16/2014
  • 8/23/2014
  • 8/30/2014
  • 9/6/2014
  • 9/13/2014
  • 9/20/2014
  • 9/27/2014
Copper Shoppe Design and Setup

Palette Project - DIY Sign

As a collaborative team - one thing that we can always agree on is the desire to reuse and recycle found objects.  From Rachel's found objects integrated into her jewelry, to Danielle's design taste - dug deep from old basements and attics; it's a common theme.

The same idea applied when Rachel found an old palette in a neighbors yard - and Copper Shoppe just so happened to need a new sign for our Outdoor Urban Market!

Our first step was disassembling the palette (and of course keeping the rest for a next project) - to build our ideal shape and color scheme.  The distress in the palette offered a natural range of textures and colors - so it wasn't an easy choice!  We trashed the rusty nails and joined them together with some spare trim from the garage.  Please note - we always encourage cute footwear while using high power machine tools - oops!

After assembling the sign, we continued to sand/clean to prepare our surface for painting. 

To ensure we stuck as closely as we could to our design font - we took our time to trace via a projector before we started the painting.

Finally - the painting!  Rachel painted "Copper" and I rounded out "Shoppe" - didn't turn out too shabby did it?  We loved the final customized look and proudly hung the sign on our tent this weekend!

What projects have you used found objects for?

Our style is born out of simple resourcefulness, armed with creativity and a projector we transform a pallet into our very first sign.

Our style is born out of simple resourcefulness, armed with creativity and a projector we transform a pallet into our very first sign.

Come Visit Us

Exciting news here at Copper Shoppe.  You can come meet us at the 2014 Outdoor Urban Market at the Milwaukee Public Market.  Located on St. Paul Avenue in Milwaukee's Third Ward - this market is a great way to spend a Saturday!  Check out their website here.

Hovercraft Fall 2013

Hovercraft Fall 2013

We'll be there with our shop set-up on the following dates from 10AM-3PM:

  • 6/14/2014
  • 6/21/2014
  • 6/28/2014
  • 7/5/2014
  • 7/12/2014
  • 7/26/2014
  • 8/2/2014
  • 8/16/2014
  • 8/23/2014
  • 8/30/2014
  • 9/6/2014
  • 9/13/2014
  • 9/20/2014
  • 9/27/2014

Not only will we be featuring Rachel's unique designs (view her work here) - we also will be highlighting another amazing artist - Danielle Murray (view her work here).

So stop by - grab a bloody mary, enjoy the sunshine and say hi.  We would love to meet you!

 

 

 

In The Beginning....

When we try to sit down and describe how Copper Shoppe began - it sounds almost like a blind date.  A mutual friend, deciding that our dreams, our deepest ambitions sounded quite similar and connected us on Facebook.  A few messages back and forth and we (Rachel & Danielle - hey that's us) - decided that it sounded like we did have a lot in common and decided to meet up.

A classy bar, a few cocktails and some amazing conversations - and it turns out - we did have a lot of the same goals.

So the discussion started.  What was our ultimate goal?  What can we do now as an outlet?  Most importantly, how can Copper Shoppe start creating NOW.

The opportunity to create presented itself quite soon after we joined forces - Creational Trails.

The call went out to all local artists and creators alike to brainstorm improvements to a 10-block stretch of West Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee.  This is an area that has loads of potential, but in recent history has deteriorated slowly.  At one end of the 10-mile stretch, sits a beautiful piece of architecture - Grand Avenue Mall.  Throughout this street you will find a historic library, plenty of performance space and a renowned University.  However, it remains un-embraced.

Copper Shoppe focused on the "why" of the street.  Why should our generation want to go there?  Why should our peers take ownership of the space and increase it's safety?  Our answer - they need to consider it Their Neighborhood.

By increasing the reasons to be there (ie. Art space, performance space, market shows, etc) - you increase the neighborhood population.  In return, you see increased foot traffic, willing investors and a safer area.  164 entries were submitted in total - an amazing turnout for Milwaukee.  While Copper Shoppe was not one of the selections - (2) great projects were selected and will be up for all to see soon!

 

Copper Shoppe's vision for Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, WI) - Creational Trails

Copper Shoppe's vision for Wisconsin Avenue (Milwaukee, WI) - Creational Trails