Shannon Downey is a Marketing Strategist, Educator, Digital Trainer, Mentor and Fiber Artist, but mostly she’s a Badass Woman Craftivist. (I am new to this word too!)
Depending on the online circles you hang in, you might recognize Shannon for the massive cross stitch protest sign she made “I’m so angry I stitched this just so I could stab something 3,000 times” for the Chicago Women’s March. Shannon’s sign went viral appearing in news outlets around the world.
But Shannon is more than just an angry white girl marching, she’s an organizer who gets IT done. In 2016, Shannon and group of volunteers raised more than $5,000 as part of a Community Craftivism Project - #EndGunViolence. You can learn more at
www.badasscrossstitch.com. “I create art to inspire other people to create art.
Also the creator of the proejct Seriously Badass Women, a website featuring photographs and interviews with women Shannon finds seriously badass. See more at www.seriouslybadasswomen.com
In this interview we talk about how Shannon became a crafitivist, how you can join her and create free patterns to support causes or just help you lead a craftier life.
“I create art to inspire other people to create art.” Shannon Downey
The Lisa D Show is a podcast celebrates creatives. Listen to 20 minute, unedited conversations with host Lisa D. and the creatives who make our world a more connected, interesting and beautiful place to live. Podcasts will be posted on this blog and on Soundcloud.com
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