Carol Z. Shane
When the daylong Main Event of The 2021 Maker City Summit happens at Jackson Terminal on Sunday, Sept. 19, three keynote speakers will offer illuminating and inspiring talks, followed by Q&A sessions.
First up will be Shannon Downey, founder of Badass Cross Stitch.
The art of embroidery done on a grid isn’t usually thought of with that descriptive, but in Downey’s case it’s entirely appropriate. Referring to herself as a “craftivist,” Downey uses her art — and cheers on the community around it — in support of causes dear to her.
Currently on the business faculty at Chicago’s Columbia College and DePaul University, and Salem College in Winston-Salem, Downey has an impressive marketing resumé, including her own digital marketing company and a stint with Spalding sports equipment. She was dismayed by the waste she witnessed when doing trade shows.