Artifact Uprising

American Made Since 2012

Katie Thurmes & Jenna & Matt Walker

Denver, Colorado
Inspired by the disappearing beauty of the tangible | Create eco-friendly photo goods for your digital photos with our easy-to-use software

Tell us about your business.

"Inspired by the disappearing beauty of the tangible " Those are the words that drive what we do. We launched in October 2012 with a mission to create design-forward, eco-friendly photo products that answer a single question: What are we leaving behind? It's no secret that the photo-sharing in our world has never been more creative or abundant than it is today. We've set out to create places for those stories live on - tangibly and beautifully so. We are a Colorado start-up known for a product suite that is beautiful in both its minimalistic design and eco-friendly roots. Signature products include our instagram-friendly photo books whose interior pages are printed on 100% recycled paper, custom hardcover photo books and our collection of wooden products handcrafted with mountain beetle pine. We strive to continue delivering innovative products that use reclaimed and recycled materials - to create products whose very nature whispers: design matters.

What makes your business stand out?

At the core of who we are, we believe business can be an incredible channel to create community, move beauty forward and inspire a creative life - and our values reflect that. Everything we do is driven by a passion for beautiful design, an inspired community and environmental responsibility. The Colorado outdoors have shaped so much of who we are - including our core values for environmental responsibility. We want to make those values accessible to the marketplace, to shift demand and ultimately affect change. Right now, our interior book pages are printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper. It's a start. We continue striving to find more ways to use waste materials like the mountain beetle pine used in our wood block + prints and wood calendar. Beetle pine wood is solid deadfall pine and makes up over 4 million acres of fallen deadwood in the Rocky Mountains. We see this pine's blue-gray streaks as beauty marks of a new future in an otherwise storied past.

What's the best business advice you've received?

A customer of ours recently wrote in thanking us and gave us, perhaps, the best advice yet - it is all about love. He writes "Let love be the sum and total of all the little things you do, from the way you answer the phone to the way you write a letter, from the way you make a presentation to the way you fulfill an order. Let love be a way of doing business; not a one-time event, but a process of creating a customer environment of information, assurance, comfort and credibility." And every day, in some little way, we try to uphold his impression of our company - with a whole lotta love.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

    Meet the judges
  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

    Vote for your favorite American makers.

    See the finalists
  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

    See past Award Winners
  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

    Join us for our annual event in New York City.

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More Nominees

  • Aimee Hernandez Design

    Aimee Hernandez
    I am a residential designer and creator of beautiful things, specializing in space planning for remodels.
    Design, Furniture & Home Accessories
  • Re-Lit

    Djonee' Dilkes
    Re-Lit.....the art of repurposing antique teapots, coffee pots, gas cans, and unusual containers into unique one of a kind lamps.
    Design, Furniture & Home Accessories
  • VALOR American Home

    Austin Rese
    VALOR American Home is a luxury lifestyle brand of home furnishings made and sourced in the USA: top quality materials, sustainably produced.
    Design, Furniture & Home Accessories
  • 2014 Design Finalist

    Mitchell Bat Co.

    Jeremy Mitchell
    We hand paint heritage inspired stripes on wooden maple baseball bats. A portion of the proceeds goes to help revive baseball in inner cities.
    Design, Furniture & Home Accessories