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Roxanne Evans Stout is a mixed media artist who lives and creates in the Pacific Northwest. She teaches art workshops throughout the United States and has had her work shown and been published nationally. Roxanne is constantly inspired by natural history, and the mountains and the river lands that surround her home...
this inspiration has always been an integral part of her art.
Book arts, art journaling, encaustic painting and collage are her favorite ways to express herself. Roxanne's most exciting and current project is creating a book on collaging for North Light Books.

 Lorri magically transforms undyed silk fabrics, ribbons, and garments into fabulous colors using shibori, resist, vat dye and dye printing techniques. She is a self taught weaver, dyer, and clothing designer whose art has shown in numerous publications and juried shows. She is the feature designer in the summer 2012 issue of Belle Armoire showcasing her vintage upcycled clothing aka as “wayward threads”.

Lorri has taught and vended at many national shows and has been published in Belle Armoire, Altered Couture, Quilting Arts, Spindle Shuttle & Dyepot, and other local and national publications.

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Doris Arndt

Known for her whimsical style, Doris Arndt has shared her love of books and other media throughout the country, teaching workshops  for over 15 years.   Her non-traditional approach and innovative bindings have earned her loyal student followings.  Her work has been seen in the Studio, Somerset Studio, The Rubber Stamper, Rubberstampmadness and in several books as well as on the Carol Duvall show and at shows nationwide.  She attended the University of Louisville and has been a freelance artist for over 30 years. She shares her home with her patient husband, three cats and a dog.  Life is good. 
http://dorisarndt.com/   Email  thphantom@aol.com

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Nicole Austin

I am a mixed media artist, designer and instructor from San Jose, CA (currently residing in Tempe, AZ) with a BA in Creative Arts. I believe that everyone has a unique style and desire to create and that we are born curious and creative. Over the years, many of us are discouraged from following our creative urges but I believe it is never too late to begin (or begin again!). I love to encourage my students to draw from their own experience when creating art and to have the courage to take chances. My art is messy, colorful, layered and fun. I have been drawn to the creative arts since I can remember. My first canvas was pretty much every surface in my grandma’s house: the walls, the books, underneath the marble coffee table in the dining room (she didn’t find out until YEARS later and it remains one of her treasured possessions!). I loved playing school and “art gallery” and my dream was to be an artist and teacher. I love the energy that my students bring to class;I love hearing their stories and guiding them through the fear and frustration and reflecting the joy they experience and cheering them on while they (re)discover their creative voice.

Website: https://www.kinueko.com

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Carla Bartow

The day that Carla Bartow was born, it snowed three feet in the Catskill Mountains. Carla learned to paint at her grandmother's kitchen table in those mountains, and she hasn't stopped since. Carla lives and works in the magical city of Portland, Oregon.

 

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Lisa Bebi

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Clarissa Callesen

Clarissa Callesen is the creator of Strange and Wonderful Things, which is truly the best description of her work. She is the rescuer of tacky dolls and forgotten trash, with lots of laughter, hard work, and magic those items are reborn. Through her eclectic, mysterious, and surreal work she tells stories about the joy and devastation that is the human experience. Clarissa teaching style is down to earth and fun, believing there is always more than one solution to a problem. Embracing the grunge and cherishing the mistakes are two of her primary philosophies. Clarissa brings her diverse experiences as a tattoo artist, functional potter, and gallery owner to teaching and sharing her true love the world of Mixed Media art. She exhibits throughout the Pacific Northwest at art festivals and selective galleries. She has been published in Linda and Opie O’Brien’s book, Who’s Your DADA? and Art Without Waste by Patty Wongpakdee. She has also written several feature articles for Art Doll Quarterly and Art Journaling magazine. For more information, check out her blog at http://clarissacallesen.blogspot.com/

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Ruth Chandler

Ruth Chandler grew up in Japan where the vibrant color and texture of Japanese fabric, combined with the simplicity of Japanese design, caught Ruth’s attention. Ruth learned basic Sashiko from an elderly neighbor and at the age of four, and began to create and sew her own clothes at the age of ten which became an outlet for her imagination and creativity. She made her first quilt in 1990, a queen size, hand-appliquéd and hand-quilted Hawaiian pineapple quilt, and she has never looked back. In her own unique style she loves to use new techniques mingled with the old and her work usually shows the influence of her years spent in Japan.

Ruth teaches locally from her home studio and Blue Twig Studio, and nationally at Art and Soul Retreats. Ruth has written several articles for Quilting Arts magazine and blog posts for Havels’ Sewing. Her work has been published in several books. She can also be found on her blog. Ruth is one of the co-authors of the best-selling book, Fabric Embellishment-the Basics and Beyond. Ruth’s newest book modern Hand Stitching is in stores now. Ruth may be contacted for nationwide classes at ruthachandler@ comcast.net.

Ruth lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak with her husband of 37 years. She has a daughter and son, both married and 6 beautiful grandchildren who are being introduced very early to all art forms.
 

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Lisa Chin

Lisa Chin has been an artist and maker of one kind or another, her entire life. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Art from the University of Utah and has explored many art forms through formal and self taught opportunities. After being introduced to fabric dyeing in 2005, she quickly became obsessed with surface design.

Lisa has been a guest on Quilting Arts TV, taught classes on Craft University, had herart published in several books and written many articles for magazines such as Quilting Arts and Modern Patchwork.

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Jen Crossley

My name is Jen Crossley I’m a mixed media artist from Australia. I have been teaching for over 20 years and I have a passion for using found objects to make unique jewelry.  I  love metal and teach metal etching. I have been teaching for many years throughout Australia and the USA and I have been published in several US Magazines, which include Somerset Studio, and Belle Armoire Jewelry. I also have been published in several Australian magazines, and been a feature artist in several books .I have filmed 4 DVD using different technique’s.  The passion for what I do comes out in my workshops. They are usually packed full of laughs with beautiful projects finished at the end.
 

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Jane Davies

Jane Davies is a full time artist working in collage, painting. She offers workshops nationwide, focusing on helping people to find a personal and playful approach to art making. Beginning as a potter in the early nineties, Davies gradually transitioned into freelance art, using painting and collage as her medium. For the past five years she has put most of her efforts towards teaching, writing, and making art. She is the author of three books on collage and mixed media, one on ceramics, and has one DVD on painting and collage techniques.

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Ingrid Dijkers

Ingrid has developed a unique, sometimes quirky and playful form of journaling that is uniquely her own and is now also revisiting her background of award winning mixed media sculptural figures. Her work has been shown in Galleries throughout the country and is held in private collections throughout the world. Ingrid has had her work in numerous publications such as “Art Journaling”, “Somerset Studios”, “Jewelry Affaire”, “Cloth, Paper, Scissors” and the books “1,000 Artist Journal Pages”, “Art Journal Kickstarter”, “The Beauty of Zentangle”, and “A World of Artist Journal Pages” among many other publications. Ingrid’s focus over the last several years has been on teaching workshops throughout the country and also now on opening her own studio for sharing her passion for Visual Art Journaling and Mixed Media. 

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Jenny Doh

Jenny describes her style of painting with acrylics as “magical realism,” where she uses the process of intuitively building up layers and then coaxing out a concept either through discovery or deliberate placement, as one where she celebrates the essence and not just the likeness of her subjects. She believes that it is by putting one’s personal and meaningful intersections with a concept onto the canvas that a painting transforms from décor to a true work of art.

Jenny was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to the United States in 1974 and grew up in Bakersfield, California. She is author and packager of numerous art and crafting books and considered a leader in the world of art and craft publishing. She is former Editor-in-Chief and Director of Publishing for Stampington & Company’s Somerset Studio and its sister publications.

Jenny is head of Studio Crescendoh in Santa Ana, California where she teaches painting and fiber arts and shows her work in a gallery setting. The studio also hosts visiting artists who teach painting and mixed media.

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Caitlin Dundon

Instructor Caitlin Dundon is a mixed media artist and professional calligrapher with over 20 years of experience. She has written articles for Somerset Studio magazine and the Somerset Place blog and has also had her artwork featured in Letter Arts and Seattle magazine. She has been at instructor at Art & Soul Mixed Media Retreats, Art Unraveled, Art is You, Artmakers Denver, Letters of Joy and the West Coast Calligraphy Society. She has also taught students from The Bush School, University of Washington’s Experimental College and Upward Bound. Dundon art has been licensed for the home décor market and has been spotted at Target, Walmart, HomeGoods and Kohl’s. Her work has also been published in Lesley Riley’s Creative Lettering Workshop and the first edition of The Coloring Studio.

https://www.handwrittenlife.com/

www.caitlindundon.com
 

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Sandra Duran Wilson

The senses become mixed and intertwined in the mind of the artist. Sounds appear in colors, numbers sing songs and frequencies dance in her head. Synesthesia is a crossing of the senses. The paintings and sculptures are a beautiful blending of sounds, science, and nature.

Sandra Duran Wilson comes from a family of artists and scientists. She grew up in a world where everything was possible, where she would look through the microscope in her father’s office and then draw what she saw. Sandra’s early years were spent on the border of Mexico where the people, animals, landscape, drama of the religious rituals, and stories of the curanderas shaped her reality. Years later she would return frequently to Mexico and South America to absorb the culture, traditions, and art. Her spirituality combined with her scientific studies has directed her work from realism to abstract mixed media.

Her work is influenced by theoretical scientific concepts in physics, biology and chemistry. The pure fun of exploring what paint can do and her natural curiosity keeps the work fresh and lively. Her work is represented in the US and Australia and is found in many corporate, civic, and educational collections and in private collections worldwide.

She experiments, paints, writes and teaches at her studio in Santa Fe, NM, and teaches around the US, Europe and Australia. She is the author of six art technique books and several instructional DVDs.
 

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Roxanne Evans Stout

Roxanne Evans Stout is a mixed media artist who lives and creates in the Pacific Northwest. She teaches art workshops throughout the United States and has had her work shown and been published nationally. Roxanne is constantly inspired by natural history, and the mountains and the river lands that surround her home...
this inspiration has always been an integral part of her art.
Book arts, art journaling, encaustic painting and collage are her favorite ways to express herself. Roxanne's most exciting and current project is creating a book on collaging for North Light Books, 
It is called Storytelling with Collage, which is available now on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Storytelling-Collage-Techniques-Layering-Texture/dp/1440340501/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1435878408&sr=8-1&keywords=roxanne+evans+stout
 
Roxanne also designs stencils at StencilGirl, which you can read about here:
http://www.stencilgirltalk.com/2014/05/welcome-new-stencilgirl-artist-roxanne.html
You can visit Roxanne's blog here: http://rivergardenstudio.typepad.com
And you can friend her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/roxanne.evansstout
 

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Ruth Greening

Having a lifelong love of art, Ruth has a diverse background that includes air-brush, Australian cake decorating, stone sculpture, lapidary arts, and fine wire wrap settings.
Ruth is self-taught and enjoys learning from renowned teachers by attending classes taught in a wide variety of jewelry art disciplines.
Her introduction to PMC in 2000 was a dream come true - to be able to work in silver with a true freedom in design. As a Senior Instructor for PMC Connection since 2004 she has taught across the states and internationally. To Ruth the best reward is being able to share and enable others to create their own works of wearable art.
 

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Mary Hettmansperger

Mary Hettmansperger is the owner of Gallery 64. Mary teaches in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, UK and Singapore internationally. Across the US and at Arrowmont, Penland, Bead and Button, Convergence, National and Regional Fiber conferences, Art and Craft Schools, and private Guilds for 30 years. Mary has authored and illustrated 4 books Fabulous Woven jewelry, Wrap, Stitch, fold and Rivet, and Mixed metal Jewelry workshop, and Heat, Color, Set and Fire, all published by Lark/Sterling. She has also produced 3 DVD’s for Interweave on surface design and jewelry. Other books include, Jewelry Design Challenge, 500 Baskets, Fiber Arts Design Book 7, the Gourd Book, Creative Scarecrows, Pushing the envelope, Fabulous Found object jewelry, Teapots - makers and collectors, Beading with Crystals, and Creative Beading Volume 2. Mary has had work exhibited at private Galleries, SOFA, and invitational exhibits. She does segments for the PBS programming, on-line workshops and you-tube segments – with Beads Baubles and jewels, Make it Artsy and Quilting Art and has had her work published in many magazines, including, Quilting Arts, Art jewelry, Bead and Button, Beadwork, Shuttle Spindle and dye pot, and Crafts Report.

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Erin Keck

An Assemblage Artist residing in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Erin Keck's artwork results from re purposing found discarded objects. She loves to breathe new life into castaways from yesteryear. Erin's artwork is shown and sold in three prestigious art galleries in Pa. The 2nd Floor in Mechanicsburg, Pa, Village Artisans Gallery in Boiling Springs, Pa, and Perry County Council Of The Arts in Newport, Pa. She has been a Featured Artist in two of the galleries with Private Showings. Recently Erin's work has been published in the book, “1000 Steampunk Creations” by Grymm. Seven of her pieces were chosen for this book. She has taught community craft classes on a monthly basis from 2007 – 2010, and has taught classes at the Charmed I'm Sure Studio owned by friend and colleague and fellow Art & Soul instructor, Jean Van Brederode. Erin has lectured at the Central Pa. Bead and Jewelry Society, and has also taught private classes in her home studio. She has attended Art & Soul retreats for the past three years, and values the inspiration and knowledge that she has received from the Art & Soul instructors.You can see more of Erin's artwork at www.EKCreations.etsy.com. (be sure to view her sold items.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTIJ8s-ppB0&sns=em

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Kelly Kilmer

Kelly T.M. Kilmer is a mixed media book artist living in Southern California. A New England native who studied on her own and at Mass College of Art, she believes that there is an artist in each and every one of us. Kelly’s classes are designed specifically to bring that artist out. Her work has appeared in several books and magazines. Kelly’s art is in the home of several private collectors and has also been sold in various galleries across the U.S. Kelly has been teaching mixed media workshops every weekend for over seventeen years now in the U.S. and abroad.

Her current passions are spending time with her family, reading, collecting (and using) paper, tape and pens, watching films (especially classic Hollywood, foreign, independent and animation), journaling and frequenting used bookstores. Kelly is always exploring new ways to create and how to better herself as an artist.
EGorey99@sbcglobal.net
http://www.KellyKilmer.blogspot.com/
 

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Heather Kindt

 Art journaling and mixed media art took over my life six years ago. I had been a card-maker before that for about 4 years. However, I did not grow up with a crayon always in my hand. I did well in math and science and was told I am left-brained. That made me content with a heathy respect for art, especially Impressionism.
As life changed, so did I. When health interfered with my plans, I found creativity to fill a space that was empty. I really enjoy getting others involved with creating because it has made me so happy. That is why I am thrilled to be able to teach with Art and Soul.
My experience over the last six years has been attending quality workshops, taking online classes, attending trade shows, local classes, participating in design teams--currently Canvas Corp Brands (includes Tattered Angels and 7 Gypsies), stencil design, and publishing over a dozen articles with Stampington & Co.-- Art Journaling,
Somerset Apprentice, Somerset Memories, and others.
My husband and I have a son and live in West Des Moines, Iowa. I grew up in several parts of the country and have enjoyed some travel. These experiences, studying the Humanities in school, and my many teachers have helped me develop my artistic style. My mom who is a quilter has influenced my use of colors.
Please also check out my writing on the connection between creating and the body on gelpress.com in the Art of Well Being.
 

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Helene Knott

Art is our universal language. From pre-historic bison scratched onto a cave wall, to the fervent expression of religious faith brushed onto a chapel ceiling; humans have been driven to leave a legacy of their hopes and dreams etched in stone, wrought in metal or wood, woven in cloth or painted on paper and canvas. It is a unique characteristic of human nature to create visual form that goes beyond function into abstract thought. No culture, past or present, has failed to leave this expression of their existence and humanity. The message can be patently obvious as an epic battle immortalized in a Medieval tapestry or as enigmatic as a legion of stone heads staring out to sea on a long deserted island. It can be as realistic as a photograph or as abstract as swathes of color. Art can be used to invoke spirits or exorcize demons. I am driven to speak with my hands, to translate my visions into a form that bridges all language barriers. My visions come from my perception of the world around me, dreams and faint remembrances of lifetimes lost in the past. I am a storyteller at heart and my quilts are my stories.
I was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula in central California, a beautiful area that served as an inspiration to set me onto a creative path for life. From a very early age I showed a keen interest in art, starting with drawing and painting and exploring different mediums for my self-expression. In the early 70's, I turned my attention to fiber and fabrics with a focus on quilting and embroidery. For the last 40 years or so, fiber and quilting has been my primary focus and passion.
In 1991, we moved to the Pacific Northwest. I began teaching fiber and quilting classes in 1999. Over the years, my work has won awards at local, regional and national shows and the recognition has served me well in promoting myself as a teacher. In 2006 I received a nomination for the ‘Teacher of the Year’ by Professional Quilter Magazine another teacher ultimately won the top award but to be nominated was an honor itself. Some of my quilts have appeared in the pages of books and the cover of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine; and I have written articles for various magazines and currently design quilt patterns. This year, I became a fabric designer for Northcott Fabrics and my first line comes out in May of 2018.
In addition to art and quilting, I have a passion for gourmet cooking, books (the only place I can get into worse trouble than a fabric store), films and music.

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Laurie Knowley

Laurie Knowley is a mixed media collage and assemblage artist from Salt Lake City ,Utah. She has always been a creator and dabbles in many art forms. She
has taught art workshops for women for 3 years in her home studio, Dharma
Art , and for 10 years taught children at Bad Dog Arts. Laurie has a passion for
learning new techniques and projects, which has led her to pmc, basketmaking,
jewelry and fiber art, to name a few. She feels like all of her work returns to the
idea of weaving items together to create something unexpected, original and
beautiful. She loves to use vintage items that have been loved in the past in her
work, be it a broken piece of jewelry, a doily, or old family photograph. She
sees a future in the past…an item of love and devotion, with a bit of history
behind it…woven with new components, ending in something of worth and
beauty
 

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Susan Lenart-Kazmer

Susan Lenart Kazmer’s work is built on years of researching cultures, repairing ethnographic adornment, art school, training in the craft of metallurgy and a strong fashion background. This has made her work that she calls “Expressive Adornment” a unique voice in the industry. 

Susan’s work includes building talismans, prayer boxes, amulets and magic for the fashion, museum, gallery and commercial world for over 20 years.

Early on in her career, Susan built a handmade and commercial line of jewelry for 
Henry Bendell, Banana Republic, Nordstrom, Ann Taylor, as well as various independent and upscale boutiques. She recently built the successful commercial line of components called Industrial Chic. 

Susan’s work has been in numerous traveling exhibits including the Smithsonian Museum and the Art Institute of New York. She is the author of Resin Alchemy, which was on Amazon’s 2013 best seller list. It includes a pioneering ten-year body of work combining metal and ICE Resin®, a jeweler’s grade resin she developed and brought to market. Susan authored her first book Making Connections: A Handbook of Cold Joins for Jewelers and Mixed-Media Artists in 2008. 

Susan’s innovative new work can be seen in the March 2014 issue of U.S. ELLE magazine as she re-enters the fashion world and on the runway in New York and on her website at susanlenartkazmer.com. 

 

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Leighanna Light

Leighanna Light is an art instructor, thingmaker, bookmaker and figurative assemblage artist. Her background is in fine arts and photography, and she has been teaching art workshops for the past 15 years. Leighanna is represented by galleries & museums across the country and her work has been published in numerous books & magazines. “I love to create, to hunt for things to create with & to share my creativity with others. It’s what I live for, it’s my oxygen.” Leighanna grew up in a small town in upstate NY and has spent most of the past 20 years in New Mexico. She currently resides in Taos NM with her best friends Thomas & Lily.

 

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Jennifer MacLean

Jennifer's artwork is often influenced by nature, contemporary science, duality, and the geometry within the natural world. Her artistic pursuits include mixed media painting, jewelry design, and teaching art.

Her mixed media paintings incorporate bold color decisions and express a physicality with her energetic mark making. Many of her paintings have five to twelve layers of paint that reward the viewer with subtle nuances and depth.

She has designed and created jewelry for the last 20 years. Jennifer loves how a piece of jewelry can open conversations and be a wearable traveling art relic.

Jennifer has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Oregon College of Art and Craft. Her paintings have been in several local and national art exhibitions, including New York, Chicago, and Seattle. Her jewelry has been featured in the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle.


 

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Laurie Mika

Laurie Mika is an artist, author and instructor. Over the last two decades, Laurie‘s mixed media mosaic work has evolved into an original and easily recognizable style. Her unique approach combines handmade polymer clay tiles with beads, jewelry pieces, charms, glass tile and found objects. She feels very fortunate to be able to combine her love of travel and passion for art through teaching at art retreats around the world. Laurie’s work has been published in countless books and magazines. She has appeared on both HGTV’s, That’s Clever and on DIY’s, Craft Lab. Laurie’s own book, Mixed Media Mosaics was published by North Light Books. Closer to home, in southern California, she participates in juried exhibitions and has her work in galleries and private collections.
 

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Kitty Miller

Kitty Miller is a mixed media artist who specializes in wildlife portraits and energetic paintings. Her favorite medium is acrylic paint and collage. She just loves to mix antique and special papers with paint to create one of a kind masterpieces. She loves mixed media art and therefore does everything from jewelry, sculpture, sewing, painting, drawing, writing and more. Kitty grew up with her Grandmother who nurtured her love of art and was constantly doing some type of craft with her from a young age, throughout high school and college she was always enrolled in art classes and as an adult Kitty has attended a number of retreats and now teaches at her favorite art retreat, Art and Soul.
Kitty is a design team member for DecoArt, and will be creating blog posts and instructional videos for them monthly. She likes to do really vibrant mixed media pieces and their product line fits her needs perfectly.
Kitty is a contracted artist for White Oak Gallery in Silverton OR where she teaches and they carry her line of jewelry and feature her art.
Her first book is in publishing and due to be out soon it is a Children’s book she did with 2 others. (Soon to be featured on her blog) She is in the process of doing a few more children’s books.

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Lulu Moonwood Murakami

Lulu Moonwood Murakami is a contemporary folk artist engaged in creating playful whimsy as well as personal psychological narratives. A doll maker off and on since she was sixteen years old, she has a fondness for textiles and making faces. Her educational background includes a bachelor of fine arts in textiles, the study of weaving, dying, embellishing, and the expression of myriad cultures through their textiles. During the last decade she has added mixed media to her repertoire, and now her insatiable appetite for color, pattern, and texture find form in both 2- and 3-dimensional works of art.

“My art is frequently my voice for expressing thoughts and feelings that would otherwise go unspoken. I thank emotionally expressive artists that have gone before me for paving the way. I feel that color, quality of line, and facial expression serve to convey the emotional content of the visual stories I tell. It is my goal to share my feelings, experiences, empathy and connection with others through my artwork.” ~lulu
 

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Carol Nelson

Carol Nelson is a self-taught mixed media artist known for her vibrant, contemporary abstracts. Her work is a bold exploration of color and texture. Living in Colorado, Carol is inspired by the rocks, cliffs and canyons of the West. Her work is compelling on both a visual and tactile sense.
Carol often features metals, metallic paints, and metal foils in her acrylic work, giving the paintings a soft glow that only metals can achieve. Her palette is rich, earthy, and saturated with the colors of nature.
Known for her innovative methods, Carol is in demand to teach her experimental acrylic techniques to other artists in classes and workshops around the country. Carol has completed training by Golden Artists Colors, Inc. to be a certified Golden Art Educator.
Carol is a member of the International Society of Experimental Artists, and a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters. Her work is collected by corporations, government and civic agencies, and individuals around the world.
 Please visit her website to view her portfolio, current representation, and workshop schedule: www.carolnelsonfineart.com
 

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Jacqueline Newbold

Her life journey gives Jacqueline Newbold a never-ending source of inspiration to represent gems of the world in her color-filled paintings. Her watercolor journal has become a visual diary and constant companion everywhere she travels. Using a warm and playful color palette, Jacqueline enjoys capturing a moment in time by painting the dappled sunlight on a field of lavender, or the brilliance of a tropical beach. She introduces color in the shadows and sun-drenched areas, which creates a luminous glow in her paintings. Primarily a watercolor artist, she uses her watercolor journal as a springboard for exploring creative ways to incorporate mixed media into her art and providing the bases for her larger creations.

Jacqueline is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, the Northwest Watercolor Society and the High Desert Art League. She teaches watercolor workshops locally, nationally as well as leading painting workshops in France and Italy. She has several articles published in the mixed-media magazine, Cloth-Paper-Scissors about creating art while on your journey. Jacqueline has partnered with Daniel Smith Art Supplies to create a watercolor traveling kit. Her self-published book, Watercolor Journeys is a helpful guide for beginning to advanced watercolor enthusiasts and her workshop DVD with Interweave has just been released: Art Journals On-The-Go: How to pack, prep, paint, and more.

Website: www.newboldart.com
Blog: http://djnewbold.blogspot.com
 

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Deb  Prewitt

Deb Prewitt is a Mixed Media Artist and CZT (certified Zentangle® teacher). She lives in beautiful Colorado, where Mother Nature inspires her on a daily basis. She has always loved art in its many various forms. Over the years she has dabbled in many types and styles of art. Deb knows that all art media are wonderful and you can always learn something that will be useful somewhere else in your life/art. She owns Blue Twig Studio, a mixed media art supply shop and teaching studio. She believes in the power of art and creativity to change a life. If we all create/play just a little bit more, we will be happier people. Which means our families will be happier, and our communities will be happier, and thus the world will be a better place to live in. She has been teaching art for over 7 years and absolutely loves seeing the magic of what students create in her joy/play filled classes. 

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Jesse Reno

Jesse Reno is a self-taught mixed media painter. He has been drawing since he could hold a pencil, and painting and exhibiting his works since 2000.
Jesse has amassed over 3000 paintings in the last 12 years, and has exhibited his work extensively across the US and Canada as well as France and Mexico. Jesse's work has been covered in various art publications including Juxtapoz, Artnews, Artension, dpi and Somerset Studio just to name a few. One of his largest works can be seen in Winnipeg, Canada where he was commissioned by the Province of Manitoba to create a 25 x 40 ft mural as a reminder to the cultural importance of the Native American people in the region.
 

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LeBrie Rich

LeBrie Rich is an artist and educator living in Portland, Oregon. She is the proprietress of PenFelt, a line of felted accessories and objects that are available in select craft galleries nationally. Her work has been featured in a variety of publications, for print and web, including The New York Times and 1000 Artisan Textiles by Lark Press. LeBrie has been teaching feltmaking for 10 years and loves to introduce people the miraculous and fun process of transforming raw wool into felt!

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Janice Richie

I’ve always done something artistic. I’ve done Macramé, stained glass, sewed all my clothes, knitted, crocheted, needlepoint, embroidery, and even combined several for my own type of “mixed media”. Art helps me keep my sanity and gives me such satisfaction. Through the years I’ve found making jewelry and books to be my two biggest obsessions. I love to teach, and in particular, book making.

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Debbie Rijns

An independent studio artist, Debbie was born in New York. Arriving in this country at an early age (8), South Africa quickly became her home.

A porcelain restorer by profession, Debbie has been creating from a really early age. A photo of her at age 3 painting the wall of the house with mud testifies to that talent.

Debbie offers courses and workshops in various media all over South Africa and other exotic places on an ongoing basis.

“I have been given a wonderful gift, of being able to see, design and create in a multitude of mediums. This gift gives me great personal satisfaction, and to be able to share this with others is just awesome”.

Debbie gives credit to her father for her creative streak, he once told her “Just because a tin can is a tin can, doesn`t mean it`s only a tin can….”.

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Lorra Lee Rose

Lorra Lee Rose creates visually stunning artworks using brilliant naturally colored feathers to make life-size human figures and masks.

Her work has a mythic, fantastic quality, evoking a sense of belonging to another time and place, a magical world of dream-beings, while still being intensely vivid and present.

Inspired by tribal art, old movies, belle epoque costumes—and especially by her deep experience of the materials themselves—Lorra Lee develops complex patterns that feature vivid color, contrast, movement and symmetry. The resulting works are exquisite creations that will delight anyone fortunate enough to witness them in person.
http://www.featherfantasies.com/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/LorraLeeRose.FeatherFantasies/

llrose@volcano.net

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Susan Rossiter

Susan has been creating art, teaching and learning for 30 years. She studied Fine Art at Millersville University and taught informally in Pennsylvania before taking a telecommunications career opportunity in Minneapolis.

Heavily influenced by her original art family in Pennsylvania; Her paintings and creations have always included mixed media before she knew the term. Favorite materials seen commonly in her pieces include shredded money, eggshells and items found outside on the ground. Many pieces are tediously assembled using micro brushes and tweezers to place tiny parts into place.

Susan currently teaches in her Ohio studio, various galleries and local creative spaces. She is particularly fascinated with helping people get past the fear of a blank canvas and creative camaraderie.
 

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Susan Schenk

Collage is a wonderful way to wake up the sleeping artist within. Collages are unique individual expressions, just like the artists are. I am exploring a range of subjects without a political agenda, welcoming the technical challenge of making realistic renderings from recycled materials. I enjoy making something attractive from discards, appropriating images and putting them together in intriguing ways.  Like any artist, I am especially thrilled when my work calls to a viewer to come closer and spend some time engaged in the piece.  While my pictorial collages are best viewed from a distance, a close up inspection can reveal a very different piece of art.

 

"My goal as an artist is to let my work bring joy to the viewer."

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Lorri Scott

Lorri magically transforms undyed silk fabrics, ribbons, and garments into fabulous colors using shibori, resist, vat dye and dye printing techniques. She is a self taught weaver, dyer, and clothing designer whose art has shown in numerous publications and juried shows. She is the feature designer in the summer 2012 issue of Belle Armoire showcasing her vintage upcycled clothing aka as “wayward threads”.

Lorri has taught and vended at many national shows and has been published in Belle Armoire, Altered Couture, Quilting Arts, Spindle Shuttle & Dyepot, and other local and national publications.

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Eric Scott

Eric M. Scott is one half of the Journal Fodder Junkies, and he is dedicated to helping people discover their artistic potential and cultivate their creativity. He is a mixed media artist, an educator, and an author, and he provides workshops, presentations, and seminars across North America on the visual journal and mixed media art. Eric is coauthor of the bestselling books, The Journal Junkies Workshop (2010) and Journal Fodder 365 (2012), both released by North Light Books.

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Helen  Shafer Garcia

Helen Shafer Garcia is a painter, mixed media artist and award winning illustrator. Her whimsical style shows a love for living creatively with a studio filled to the brim with found objects! She’s currently working with watercolor, pastel and mixed media creating contemporary images on paper along with a series of Icon folklore triptychs with wood, watermedia and found object construction.

For the past 20 years, Helen’s watercolor illustrations have graced the cover brochures, garden articles and advertisements of numerous International resorts and magazines. Awards include four San Diego Press Club First Place Awards of Excellence in Illustration for San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine.

Helen holds a BA degree in Fine Arts and currently teaches college level Watercolor and Acrylic painting, Book Arts, and Pastel.

email: henstudio@cox.net | Website: www.helenshafergarcia.com | blog: www.agavelatte.blogspot.com

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Alice Sorensen

Alice Sorensen is a textile loving fiber artist. She has done a little of almost everything
starting as a small child. She worked various jobs including owning a yarn shop and
working for a private liberal arts university as an admistrator. She is mainly self taught
although she eagerly takes classes, workshops and buys lots of books. Now retired
she can indulge in working on stitching, sewing, knitting and textile oriented projects.
Alice lives in Keizer, Oregon with her husband and two small dogs, happily hanging
out in her sewing annex.
 

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Carol Spohn

Carol’s painting journey started in 1989 when she learned to paint with acrylics during her lunch hour at the office where she worked. If not for the step-by-step process of decorative painting, she would not have been introduced to the world of painting. In 2000, Carol started painting primarily in transparent watercolor and her teaching career was launched. Carol is an Ambassador for Mission Gold Watercolor by Mijello and paints primarily with watercolor accented with multimedia.
Carol’s workshop is a perfect opportunity for the beginner painter as well as the experienced painter to learn techniques enabling them to complete successful paintings. Carol shares her step-by-step approach to painting with students of all levels. All projects include written instructions, a line drawing and a color photo. Drawing ability is not necessary, allowing the student to focus on the mechanics of painting.
The creative backgrounds in Carol’s paintings set her artwork apart from other artists. Her use of color and textures invite you into her joyful paintings. Each lesson is designed to introduce the student to a new technique or way of looking at art. Students paintings are successful when they “trust the process” of Carol’s methodical instructions. No two paintings are alike, and that is a good thing!
Like many of us, Carol works full time and therefore, takes her painting time seriously and perhaps has a greater appreciation for time spent painting. Painting is her joy and often times, her therapy. As much as she enjoys painting, Carol’s love is teaching painting to others. Carol is a popular instructor at decorative painting conventions sharing her joy of painting with watercolors and mixed media to over 500 students throughout the North America each year.
A lifetime resident of Minnesota, Carol lives in a 100+ year old house in Saint Paul, Minnesota with her husband Coz and their two cats, Mickey and Bailey.

 

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Marillyn Stablein

Marilyn loves sharing fun and amazing bookbinding techniques she developed to showcase an array of handmade, decorative and evocative vintage papers and images from her extensive collection. A mixed media book artist, collagist, and graphic artist she enjoys teaching at the Newport Book and Paper Festival, Portland Art & Soul and in galleries, museums and schools. Her handmade books are featured in Lark’s 1000 Artist Books and 500 Artist Books. Articles about her art shows and art work appeared in UPPER CASE Magazine, Vancouver Canada Sun, Hollywood Star News, Guild of Bookworkers journal and Bound and Lettered Magazine where her scroll book appeared on the cover. She is also an award winning poet and memoirist who loves to make visual journals about her life and activities including travel and dream journals, art projects and ideas. She studied book arts with Hedi Kyle, Daniel Essig, Suzanne Moore and others. Her artist books are in Special Collection libraries, private collections and in public galleries like the Minnesota Center for the Book. Visit: marilynstablein.com

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Kate Thompson

Kate's experience as a fiber artist was working with fabric and fiber to create abstract 3-dimensional forms. In 2009 she started painting and hasn't stopped since. Her current work is the combination of the two disciplines. Using watercolors, acrylics, inks and pastels she paints on substrates such as layered vintage linens, fabrics, laces, plaster, paper and wood. The portrait or figure is the focal point and she works at creating images that parallel her spiritual and personal life.
She teaches art online and on location. She is as passionate about teaching as she is creating. The creative process is where all the energy is and she loves and gets energized by sharing her artistic journey.
To learn more about Kate visit her at:
www.fracturedangelics.blogspot.com
fracturedangelics.com
facebook.com/katethompsonartist
 

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Jill Timm

Jill Timm is a full time book artist focusing on small editions of hand crafted books. She often uses interesting structures and non-typical materials to convey the essence of the place or subject.
A varied background in graphic design, photography, teaching, marketing, and business, have all come together in her press, Mystical Places Press located In Central Washington. Jill has earned grants, awards and professional achievements for her work in both fine arts graphics, photography, graphic design, and art direction. She has work in many, corporate, university, public and private collections across the United States and Canada. Jill also give talks and workshops on her frequent travels to visit collectors and research new books. She has taught many high school, college and career training classes in the arts. Her favorite art tool is the Amazing Dremel!
 

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Jean VanBrederode

I was trained as a teacher, but art has always been a part of my life. I feel fortunate to have found an art form, enameling, and also making mixed-media jewelry, that brings excitement into my life each and every day. My work is always changing, always a surprise! Having been seduced, empowered, enriched, & invigorated by metals & glass, I happily dedicate myself to creating and teaching others the joys of enameling!
My work has been featured in 500 Art Necklaces, Steampunk Magazine, Belle Armoire Jewelry, Cloth Paper Scissors, and Green Craft Magazines.
When I’m not teaching workshops or hosting other instructors at Charmed I’m Sure Studio in south-central PA, I am tending to three Etsy shops – Enamel Warehouse – http://enamelwarehouse.etsy.com, Art Girls’ Tools – http://artgirlstools.etsy.com, and Charmed I’m Sure Studio - http://charmdimsur.etsy.com.
I can be contacted at javb2000@aol.com
 

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Growing up with creative, artsy parents, Libby’s childhood was a world of fabric scraps and yarn, pins and needles, paint, Elmer’s Glue, and a whole lot of Scotch Tape. Needlework projects were always in the works. School-day afternoons were spent fashioning doll clothes from remnants, embroidering on anything that could hold a stitch, and learning the art of patchwork quilting. As an art major in college, Libby focused on the classic techniques of printmaking but still found time for knitting and fiber arts projects. Her printmaking background led to a passion in surface design on fabric which her current work reflects. Though she has constructed many a quilt with traditional quilting techniques, her current focus is in the making of art quilts using layers of hand-painted and dyed fabrics, appliquéd layers of free-motion stitched components and embedded found objects. She is a proud hoarder of all things “fiber” and thrives in a world of stitch and sew.
Libby teaches art quilting and sewing to students of all ages in her studio in Orange, CA and at destination retreats. In her world, not much can trump paint caked beneath her fingernails, needles and thread, and a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

 

 

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