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The Watch / Telluride News 1.10.2019

High honors from high altitude
From the Grammys to alpine ski racing, awards made in Ridgway are all over the world
By Leslie Vreeland, Contributing Editor

Lisa Issenberg (Photo by Eric Ming)

What are the odds that two artisans from the same mountain town are responsible for producing some of the world’s most prestigious honors? That their businesses should be located not only on the same street in downtown Ridgway (population: 973) but in the same building?

The creative output of Ridgway metalworkers Lisa Issenberg, owner of Kiitellä, and John Billings of Billings Artworks has touched thousands of lives in some of the most elite professions on the planet.

Billings is responsible for the music industry’s highest honor, the Grammy Award, every one of which is individually crafted in the basement of his Ridgway studio.

Issenberg has designed awards for the American Alpine Club and for competitors in many winter alpine sports. Slalom superstar Mikaela Shiffrin of Vail has hoisted at least 10 of Issenberg’s made-in-Ridgway awards overhead in her brief career, and female racing greats Lindsey Vonn, also of Vail, and Bernadette Schild of Austria, Federica Brignone of Italy and Tessa Worley of France have all won Issenberg’s medals, too.

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This entry was posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2019 and is filed under Blog, Press

Lake Placid World Cup Luge

This winter season, Kiitella is creating all the World Cup medals for Lake Placid, including Luge, Bobsled, Skeleton (like luge, just head first!), Moguls and Aerials. This past weekend… Men’s Doubles Luge on the podium – USA Chris Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman win silver, only .198 seconds behind the German team. Chris Mazdzer is pictured in the solo photo with the medal… At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Mazdzer won the silver medal in the Men’s Single Luge, becoming the first U.S. men’s singles luge medalist and is the first and currently only non-European to win a medal in that event.Photos: Elise Ruocco. See the medals.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2018 and is filed under Blog, Latest Projects

Vail Daily 11.27.18

Medals for Birds of Prey reflect conscious design
by Nate Day

Xfinity Birds of Prey Audi FIS Ski World Cup is one of the biggest ski competitions of the year — and the awards and celebrations should reflect that.

To do so, the Vail Valley Foundation commissioned Colorado metal artist Lisa Issenberg to craft medals for the event — medals that will be awarded to world-class athletes for more-than-impressive performances.

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This entry was posted on Thursday, December 13th, 2018 and is filed under Blog, Press

Chicks Climbing & Skiing – “Chicks Choice” Sponsor Recognition Awards

When Chicks Climbing & Skiing needs recognition awards, and passes you their sweet retro logo of a groovy & burly climber gal wearing sunglasses, the obvious answer for Kiitella is sunglasses trophies! Chicks owners voted on their #1 women’s product choices from their Title and Gold Level Sponsor’s gear, and presented the inaugural Chicks Choice awards to their sponsors at the 2018 Summer Outdoor Retailer Show in Denver, Colorado.

This entry was posted on Monday, August 20th, 2018 and is filed under Latest Projects

2018 Colorado Classic Pro-Cycling Awards – VAIL Stage 1 & 2

2018 Colorado Classic Stages 1 & 2, yesterday & today in Vail… It’s always a relief and a thrill to see the awards make it safely from Kiitella HQ to the podium. Here are both medals and trophies decorating the winners of yesterday’s Stage 1 race. 1st place Gage Hecht, 2nd place Travis McCabe, 3rd place Joe Lewis.

The Medals:
“Gold, silver and bronze” medals — actual metals are solid brass, stainless steel and bronze patina’d brass — in the curvaceous form of a bicycle chain link, ready to open a bottle of Colorado brewed beer, or hold a key… And the neck ribbon?.. a slice of used bike tube. A slick and fully functional award for the podium finishers.
The Trophies:
Vail’s iconic Gore Range is captured in steel, and capped with used bicycle chain, welded to the ridge. Thick, satin-polished “gold, silver and bronze” rings frame a metal printed Colorado Classic logo. 

This entry was posted on Friday, August 17th, 2018 and is filed under Blog, Events, Latest Projects

The Conservation Alliance Outstanding Partnership Awards

The Conservation Alliance 2018 Outstanding Partnership Awards ~ presented at Outdoor Retailer in Denver, Colorado: Laminated thick bamboo and polished steel, with The Conservation Alliances’s logo lasercut in the center. “The award recognizes member companies that go above and beyond in building relationships with Conservation Alliance grantees.” – TCA. Congratulations and appreciation for the 2018 honorees: REI, Nau, and Justin Bailie Photography.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 and is filed under Blog, Events, Latest Projects

2018 Dillon Open Regatta Trophies

Lisa Issenberg, the artist behind Kiitella, is delighted to be the award maker for the 2018 Dillon Open Regatta, which took place this past weekend in the Dillon Reservoir, aka Lake Dillon, Colorado. The custom designed and fabricated metal boat trophies consist of satin-polished, laser-cut steel… Two J/22s in motion, welded to a solid steel base, featuring the Dillon Yacht Club (the nation’s highest) burgee and the DOR logo, both printed on metal, riveted and framed by the laser-cut windows. Two hand-stamped pewter discs, a “place” tag and a DYC 50th anniversary tag, are riveted to the heads of the sails, and hand-engraving fills the backs… an elegant and substantial award for the DOR winners. And we’re having some fun with the Tenmile Range photo backdrop… the impressive veritable backdrop for the race.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 and is filed under Blog, Events, Latest Projects

Together We Are A Force Awards – Outdoor Industry Association

Phase one of a two-phase recognition award… At the recent Outdoor Retailer Show in Denver, Colorado, 15 individuals from outdoor industry organizations received the Outdoor Industry Associations‘s inaugural “Together We Are A Force” award: a Kiitella steel frame with metal printed logos, solid rivets, a hand-stamped-on-pewter award name with mountaineering cord to hang. Part two: Photos of the winners, taken during the OR Show, will be incorporated into the frame. From the OIA website: “The awards recognize individuals who have partnered cross-organizationally to spark innovation and progress through new processes, products, methods, systems, services, tools or other initiatives.” Check out the winners! 

This entry was posted on Monday, August 6th, 2018 and is filed under Blog, Events, Latest Projects