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Buckley follows artist’s road to Colorado Springs

Thu, Feb 28, 2013

One on One

yp_shannon_buckleyShannon Buckley has traveled a winding path to her current success. The 31-year-old who grew up in Denver always loved to create and has been an artist throughout her life.

She found sewing when she was in her early 20s, managed a sewing machine shop and developed a passion for creating original clothing. Today, she has a line of designer hoodies. She recently published a book about overcoming her victim story.

A new interest in religion and spirituality led her to connect with new friends in Colorado Springs. After visiting, she spotted the opportunity to do something bigger in a smaller, more intimate community than she had in Denver. Now she hopes to open a center where artists can inspire each other and mentor teenagers downtown.

How did you end up in Colorado Springs?

A U-haul truck, a 1987 Schwinn Prelude and a miracle.

Tell us a little about the variety of ways you make a living?

I like to say I make my living by giving! I am a fashion designer, an author and an artist. I handcraft designer hoodies from repurposed and new materials, I sell my book and art canvases as well. You can check out my new collection at The Loft Music Venue on March 10.

What I am most excited about right now is facilitating the creation of a retail workshop in downtown Colorado Springs where teens are being mentored in the garment and fashion industry. This project is currently in the planning stages and is moving along gracefully. Making a difference in the lives of others with my creative skills is really what I’m passionate about.

Tell us about the event you have planned in March and what made you decide to host it?

I decided to host a fashion show, art silent auction and book-signing event in March to share my work with my new community. I just moved to Colorado Springs from Denver at the end of 2011 and I want to meet more people and share my vision.

You recently published a book. What is it about and what drove you to write it?

My book “Forgiveness is Freedom: Live Out Loud!” Is about embracing personal responsibility, self-awareness and service to others. Being a grown up is a lot of work, and I have found that the more I grow, the better life gets. I encourage everyone to invest in leadership and character development.

What are your goals and aspirations, professionally and otherwise?

To create a legacy that lives beyond my years. To impact adolescents worldwide; to create the best work possible, and travel the world. To make my family and community better. When each individual finds peace within themselves, our collective will be made of people who make decisions from a more well-rounded perspective. I aspire to create jobs for Americans that value the human spirit.

What opportunities or challenges do you believe young professionals in Colorado Springs have that they don’t in other places?

Well, I am not really an expert on this. But when I moved to Colorado Springs it seemed to me like there is opportunity to do anything you want without a great deal of competition or ego in the way. That’s why I’m creating something Colorado Springs has never seen before!

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