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Industrial designer Erin Doubleday creates Kelty's Back to School packs the kids are hauling to their first classes right now. On her own time, Doubleday crafts bespoke jewelry, made from at least 50 percent recycled materials like beads, fabric, paper, resin, and wood. "For me, art, design, and life are interconnected," says Doubleday. "It's not a hobby or an outlet; it's a way of life. Seeing the world differently and appreciating the details found in nature and people drive my constant need to create." Visit erindoubleday.com to view her work.
As a creative associate at Outside Media—a public relations company for outdoor industry brands based in Columbia Falls, Montana—Collin Hamman designs posters and T-shirts for events like Whitefish Mountain Films. After finishing client work, Hamman takes to painting canvases and drawing fine art pieces. He's committed to his art—when the left-handed Montana resident broke his left arm doing a backflip on his skis, he took up drawing with his right hand. Ski bums may recognize Hamman's work from the TC Sock Air Freshener he designed for Line skis (see it here). See more at collinhamman.tumblr.com.
When graphic designer Rob Mack puts together catalogs and conceptualizes new gear at Sierra Designs, he pulls inspiration from his personal art. Mack creates nature-themed art using reclaimed wood, delicately adding ink details and aerosol paint to lend color and depth to woodland creatures. "Ever since I was a little kid I've felt compelled to make things," says Mack. "This drive to create has stayed with me. I'm lucky enough to get creative fulfillment from my job, but I still need to make things on my own." For upcoming shows in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Montana, visit robmackart.com.
Jeremy Collins, a climber with numerous first ascents in Canada, China, and South America, Collins makes colorful, detailed maps of Yosemite Valley, the Tetons, and Hyalite Canyon. "Maps represent hope and nostalgia," Collins says. "Every map tells a story, and I'm drawn to that. It's a natural relationship." Purchase his bird's-eye view maps at meridianmapworks.com. —Dave MacRunnel