With the Intersect Aspen event starting on Sunday and running through the following Friday, I have the fine arts on my mind. Even though this column space is usually given to the form and function of outdoor equipment, there’s no reason why advancements in the world of visual arts and design can’t seep into the image. Graphic design is my full-time job, so I have to admit that I can really handle myself when these worlds collide.
Renowned sleeping bag cover company Rumpl has decided to offer the canvas of its products to showcase the work of accomplished and up-and-coming artists from around the world. A far cry from the traditional solid color covers of yore, The Rumple Artist Division (RAD) currently has over a dozen different artist designs available across a range of their products. Features run the gamut from acclaimed Native American printmakers, French muralists, adventure photographers, abstract painters, and typographic storytellers.
I recently acquired a new Nanoloft Puffy with Baltimore mural team Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn. Playful and dynamic, this duo has been transforming urban areas into colorful works of art for over a decade. Their distinctive geometric patterns, bold shapes and colors bring youthfulness, playfulness and energy to otherwise drab urban spaces. Seeing a lack of abstract art in public spaces, Jessie and Katey set out to literally change the landscape for the better.
That same vision carries over to their Rumpl cover art. Aptly named “Chromatic Voyage”, it’s not something you’re likely to lose in the dark. It’s a conversation piece that never fails to generate a smile on the faces of others. Even though it is geometric in nature, it still has movement and is bright and colorful without looking boyish.
As for its function, the cover lives up to Rumpl’s excellent reputation. The Nanoloft version for a 52 × 75 inch person is made of a synthetic insulation alternative to down. Fifty plastic bottles are recycled per one-person blanket to create a 100% post-consumer recycled polyester shell and insulation. It includes a cape clip, so you can wear it hands-free. It will be a colorful cape.
Like all the other Rumpl blankets I’ve tried, this one is machine washable and pet hair resistant. The outer shell has a DWR resistant finish for added durability and some water resistance. I love how easy these covers are tossed and tossed. I’ve used them in rocky terrain, for a wet dog, at dirty festivals and even kept one in my tote during COVID as we always had to congregate and eat out. Come home, throw it in the wash and it’s like new.
If you want to get your hands on some RAD coverage, I recommend moving quickly. They only make a limited run and then sell out. Rumpl is constantly spinning new artists, so there’s always something new on the schedule. The Chromatic Travel Blanket ($199), along with other artist collaborations, are available on Rumpl.com.
Intersect Aspen is an annual arts and culture event happening all next week and taking place primarily at the Aspen Ice Garden. For more information, see IntersectAspen.com.
Meg Simon is an Aspen-based freelance writer, graphic designer and founder of Simon Finch Creative. She can be contacted at [email protected].