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Inspiring Stories from Aurora

The heart of our mission at VoyageDenver is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of Denver’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out Aurora’s rising stars below.

Scherri Woodard

I had a friend get me started making jewelry. In the few years that I have been working on different mediums (from polymer clay to bead stringing to now metalsmithing), I have gained more confidence in my abilities to be able to start my Etsy page, www.Etsy.com/shop/simplyscherri. I made a conscious effort to start honing my metalsmithing skills and transition my page over to the silverwork that has consumed me recently. Read more>>

Marina Ladonko

Knitting became my main hobby about three years ago. But there is some pre-history too. When I was about ten years old my now-gone granny (we had real close ties with her) taught me to knit and I was so indulged into this process. I created a lot of things for myself and they were very acute in the 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union when stylish clothes were hard to get and people were poor and did not think of some embellishments but rather earning food for their kids. Read more>>

Shandon Toliver

My sophomore year of high school and just 16 years old, my dad kicked me out of for reasons still unknown. I never really got along with my family and they always saw me as the “black sheep” if you will. My mothers had struggled with alcoholism ever since I could remember resulting in her getting her kids taken away when I was just nine years old. Read more>>

Anna Smith

Back in 2009, I was greatly out of shape and feeling very uncomfortable about it, both physically and mentally. I would stay up at night scheming ways to get into a regular exercise routine, but the next day would come and go without any action or follow through. Finally, I decided to search for a gym because I could not do it on my own in a big gym, for as many times as I would show up there, I just couldn’t get it to stick. Read more>>

Amy Beth Bolden

While Veg Threads just became official in January 2020, I’ve actually been working on this dream for almost ten years. I knew from the time I went off to college that I wanted to run my own business because I come from a long line of entrepreneurs and dream makers. Those who stuck to their path to eventual success taught me, “the skies the limit,” and that I “could do anything set my mind to,” and I believed them. Read more>>

Michele Rodriguez

Originally from Joplin, Missouri, I moved to Denver in 1998 after graduation to attend the Art Institute of Colorado where I received a B.A. in Graphic Design. Immediately after graduating from AIC in 2001, I move to Las Vegas thinking, what better place to find a job in advertising and design! Not to mention, I had recently turned 21! I found out quickly how difficult it was to find work in a field that you had no “real life” experience in. Read more>>

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