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Trailblazers in Westminster & Thornton

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Westminster & Thornton that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Tonya Schuetz

Outside The Envelope came into being in 2008 when I had noticed a gap in the wedding market here in Colorado — custom wedding invitations. However, as time went on, my business focuses slowly morphed into custom gifts. It’s a bit funny, looking back at how I got my start, seeing as how I’ve always had a heart for gift-giving! I have a rare connective tissue disorder (Ehlers Danlos Syndrome) that causes joint instability, chronic dislocations and severe joint pain. Read more>>

Michelle Fitzgerald

I’ve always loved TV & film costumes, and my love of sewing started as a teenager trying to figure out how to make my favorites. As I got into historical dramas, it quickly became clear that the foundation wear (the corsets and petticoats) were absolutely essential to the shape. Nobody was really talking about them much then (c. 2006), or they would shortcut by making a boned bodice, but it didn’t make quite the same shape. Read more>>

Erica (Hairica) Baca

Entering the Beauty Industry, I had no idea which direction I was going to end up in. The only thing I knew was I loved to make people feel like they could conquer their world, my creativity, my vision, my gift and service was Hair and Makeup. I was finally where I was supposed to be. Read more>>

Allison Lyndes

My path to hatmaking started long before I ever made my first hat. My mother, an art educator, exposed me to myriad forms of artistic expression as I grew, and despite other interests throughout my life, I always felt a powerful tug toward creating with my hands. When I began studying Theatre in college and took my first course in millinery. Read more>>

Catherine Robinson

I was always making art, but I did not start making sculptural works until I went to art school. I went to School of the Art Institute of Chicago and it was there I took my first bookbinding class! I experimented with bookbinding a bit throughout art school but it wasn’t until I graduated that I really dove in. Read more>>

Lisa White

I don’t think I appreciated how wonderful it was to grow up this beautiful state until adulthood, but I credit my parents for giving me a wonderful childhood. I was very active in sports and found many activities that brought a lot of happiness. As an only child, I found writing to be a creative outlet and I began keeping a journal at the age of 10. Read more>>

Lori Leckner

I was a stay at home mom that always liked to craft, my husband is very artistic as well. When my children were young it was a hobby at first then was asked to put a few items in a show and they sold! Soon I was crafting and traveling to shows all over Utah (where we lived at the time) as a means to have an income and still stay home with my kids. Read more>>

Rachel Fulfer

A little over a decade ago, a dear friend asked if I’d be willing to start a small Screen Printing business with him in Northern Wyoming. We were on a very tight budget and therefore built our press, screens and mostly all of our necessities out of plywood and plans off the internet. I was the “art department”, as I’d majored in Graphic Design. Read more>>

Darcy Nelson

My brothers would complain at how much I’d just run around the house belting out off key all the time. I started singing publicly at church when I was about nine and totally fearless about what others thought. Experiencing music in this way gave me an appreciation for a sacredness of the art and the unifying power music has to create shared experiences between people when we come together seeking it. Read more>>

Tennille Wood

After following “practical advice” that led to a business degree and an unfulfilling career in Bio-tech, I followed my true passion for Interior Design. I left Colorado and studied Interior Design at the Chelsea School of Art & Design in London, UK. A few years later, I had launched Beautiful Habitat Interior Design, then returned to Denver in 2007. Read more>>

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