Colorado Collective's March issue is all about the ladies. This month's issue is diverse in content but with one central theme, woman are one-of-a-kind. We celebrate you!
Jackie Barr of Red Bench jewelry stood out amongst many at the Colorado College craft fair over the holidays. I was drawn to her use of materials and exotic stones sourced from around the globe. She grew up in Colorado Springs, always dabbling in jewelry making even as a child. In college she discovered metal smithing and there was an instant connection.
Suzi Q. Smith hails from Denver and is a mother, poet, activist and family to founder Mundi Ross. Since we are celebrating woman this month, we asked Suzi to share a poem inspired by women. A Poem for Mud Woman and Mothers is a unpublished and ekphrastic piece that was inspired by "Mud Woman Rolls On," a sculpture located in the Denver Art Museum.
This is a story about diversity and culture. A story about seeing other people from a drastically different perspective; a lens focused on truth and love and acceptance. A raw adventure that tugs at your heartstrings and delivers your soul from its comfort zone.
Spending time with Kate Perdoni is like spending time with someone wise beyond her years. She is a wife, mother, writer, rocker, and one bad ass chick. Kate has been writing for COCO for a year now and since we are honoring woman this month she is definitely someone COCO readers need to know.
Jen Utley is the voice behind Project Girl Crush and does an amazing job evoking emotions because she gives us the opportunity to connect with the women in a pure and honest way. Yes, the woman "crushes" are beautiful and in photos appear to have it all together but deep down they have fears and are not perfect. Surprise, you are not perfect!
Laila Ghambari grew up in her father's coffee shop in Seattle, Washington called Cherry Street Coffee House. After taking some time to work for other coffee houses, she is back working alongside her family as the Director of Coffee, which she enjoys immensely. She is the 2014 US Barista Champion and has been recently involved in the first ever barista championship in Iran.