Colorado Collective (COCO)
COCO Crafted takes the mission of Colorado Collective one step further. Crafted provides an opportunity to gather and learn the art of craft whether it's in the comfort of your home or business. You pick the project and we come to you!
Colorado Collective was created three years ago out of the desire to tell the stories of the creative and small business community here in beautiful Colorado. COCO publication seeks out the new and unique, paying careful attention to the old and well-loved. We are compelled to bring them together in conversation—to share with our friends in words, images, and film. We hope to create a place where Makers, Creators, and Enthusiasts can gather to cultivate new collaborations, to uncover hidden gems, and to celebrate cultural and artistic pioneers in our community.
Meet the Team
Mundi Ross: Founder
Mundi created a cookie company several years ago called Salt and Butter Co. Through the experience of selling in farmers markets, she discovered an amazing community of creatives and small business owners whose stories she wanted to tell. So she started Colorado Collective (COCO), an online and print publication that tells the stories of local makers, creators, and enthusiasts in our region.
Mundi believes that we live in a community worth celebrating, and through COCO, she's had the honor to work alongside some amazing contributors who get to explore local gems and breathe life into stories untold. Now she has the privilege of partnering with some talented craftsmen and women to share in the satisfaction of a job well done.
Mundi's sweet husband Casey is a a woodworker, whiskey maker, general bad ass, and, most importantly, an incredibly patient man. He has been an amazing support. Her little nugget Walker is a freaking gem, and you will find her son often by her side.
Claire Hess: Creative Director
Claire is new to Colorado Springs and is excited to be here to craft and create with you! Claire and her husband Phil are both originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Colorado for a change of pace and to experience a new part of the country. Claire went to school in Maryland at McDaniel College where she studied Studio Art, Art History, and education. She later earned a Masters of Liberal Arts degree, also from McDaniel. Claire is passionate about making art a positive experience for everyone. Anyone can be an artist, come and create with us!
Eryn Weems is an entrepreneur, personal chef, and life enthusiast! Born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO, decided to join the U.S. Air Force after high school. She honorably served as an Information Manager and later retrained as an Intelligence Analyst. Eryn had a wonderful time traveling and exploring globe for over 13 years but felt called back to the Rocky Mountains!
As an ACF certified Chef, a graduate of the Art Institute of Washington, Eryn seeks to share her passion for delectable food and self-care and empower others. Eryn’s goal is to inspire her community one meal at a time. As a Colorado Springs native, Chef Eryn promotes holistic living and communicates the benefits of cooking with fresh, organic ingredients through food education. Eryn’s ever-evolving approach to food sparks curiosity and delight with her innovative utilization of farm-fresh, locally sourced, and organic ingredients. She seeks to push the creative boundaries with her unique culinary creations.
Additionally, Eryn is the creator and co-owner of BlackBerry Beauty Boutique. BlackBerry Beauty is an extension of Eryn’s passion for holistic living and empowering women. BlackBerry’s mission is to provide women with handcrafted beauty products that spark beauty, passion, and joy within every queen. As the creator of BlackBerry Beauty, Eryn is committed to using the best available, ethically and sustainably sourced ingredients for her products. More than beauty products, BlackBerry aims to spread peace, light, and love everywhere we go
Midwest girl born and raised (Go Buckeyes!) I have a bachelors degree in Social Studies Education and have been working in retail management in some capacity for the last 10 years. Married my husband, Troy, in 2016 and the Air Force brought us to Colorado Springs later that same year. We love exploring Colorado with our 2 dogs, Achilles and Zoey. I am obsessed with all things vintage and love a good DIY. If I'm not at my day job, I am wandering an antique mall or thrift store for unique finds or vintage inspiration for my home. Let's craft together!
My name is Megan and I am a recent Colorado “re-transplant.” I grew up Colorado, but just moved back after 8 years in Chicago (Go Cubs!). I spend most of my free time exploring this beautiful state, crafting to my hearts content, renovating our old home, and trying new foods with my husband Ben and son Theo. While I love any craft or DIY, my heart and passion are with fiber arts! I am so looking forward to meeting and crafting with many of you soon!