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Jill and Maude met at Art & Soul in Portland years ago and have been friends ever since. We are very excited to share our projects with you!
I am a collage artist – layering images and often utilizing two dissimilar mediums: encaustic and sewing. I utilize both fiber and paper in my artwork. Books, along with collections of papers, ribbons, stacks of Iphone photos inkjet printed onto Japanese rice paper and fabrics and other ephemera clutter my studio. Compelled to create visual stories I combine copyright free Library of Congress images and snapshots along my own photographic work creating both simple and complex fabric collages. I strive to move the viewer towards discovering and honoring the mysteries of the people, ideas, places and possessions that were once deemed as precious and have
now been left behind.
Making art in one form or another since childhood I began by stitching pre-printed samplers, fabricating elaborate collaged drawings and designing tiny dresses for my troll dolls. With advanced degrees in ceramics, textiles and photography, my passions have led me in many directions and my career has encompassed a wide variety of professions: pastry chef, art director, location scout, miniature golf course designer, photo stylist, paint-color consultant and graphic designer.
Sitka Center for Art & Ecology • (2018 / 2019) Otis, Oregon – Stitch Your Story” mixed media fiber collage
Letters of Joy, Edmonds Community College (6 years) – Edmonds, Washington – Book arts and collage
Earthues • Seattle, Washington • Felting, hand-embroidery and surface design
BallardWorks • Seattle, Washington – Hand embroidery, collage and painting
ActivSpace Studio • Portland, Oregon – Book arts and collage
Additionally I teach private classes in my St. Johns (North Portland) studio
Jill K. Berry
Jill is a mixed-media artist who makes books, maps, paintings and other story-telling structures. She works in mixed-media with a bent towards classical art and teaches painting, lettering, journaling, mapmaking and various other mixed media classes worldwide.
You can her work in Somerset Studio, Letter Arts Review and Cloth, Paper Scissors, Art Journaling magazine, Drawing Lab, Journal It! The Complete Decorated Journal, 1000 Artists’ Books, and various other publications. She has written three books: Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking and Map Art Lab and Making Art From Maps. Her work is in private and public collections nationwide.
Jill feels that art is necessary and accessible to everyone.
Jill and Maude met at Art & Soul in Portland years ago and have been friends ever since. We are very excited to share our projects with you!
Her website: Jillberrydesign.com
Thomas Ashman is a mixed media artist, bookbinder, composer, and teacher, who lives and works in northern New Mexico. Drawing inspiration from his education in literature and experiences in the construction trades, Thomas developed his unique book binding technique to facilitate the use of unusual materials such as glass, sheet metal, and various types of hardware for the binding and covering of quality handmade art journals. Thomas has appeared on DIY network's "Craft Lab" (season 2) and has had work published in Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Studio and Somerset Gallery. His work received the "Curator's Pick" and "Viewer's Choice" awards at the "Queen Mab's Picnic" exhibit at the 18th Street Gallery in Bakersfield, CA., and his all-copper journal was included in the 2008 San Diego Book Arts National Juried Exhibition at the Geisel Library at UCSD. Recently, Thomas was selected as "Art Journal/Bookbinding Artisan 2011" by Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine (Jan/Feb issue). A sampling of Thomas's work is currently on display at the Sea in the Desert Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.
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.
Kim Baise is a Los Angeles based artist and designer with a Masters in printmaking and sculpture from NYU. Using papier mache and organic and repurposed materials, her mobile constructions and figurative assemblages embody the energy of her mark making. While referencing traditional Cartoneria, her ice cream trucks, banjo playing cats and crying eyes reveal her own hilarious take on the everyday. Kim’s work can be found at West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Nickey Kehoe, One King’s Lane and more.
Clarissa Callesen is a former Rodeo Princess that left behind her cowboy boots and tiara for the wild adventure of life as an artist. She has been fortunate enough to work all of her adult life as a self-employed artist. Clarissa is inspired by small details and evidence of time, religious imagery and symbolism, rusty things and peeling paint. She is a compulsive collector of life’s flotsam and jetsam and is doing her best to live a passionate authentic creative life. She has exhibited her art throughout Western Washington including solo exhibitions in Seattle, WA, Bellingham, WA, and Boise, ID. Callesen is represented by i.e. Gallery in Edison, WA. She was an artist in residence at Playa Artist Program in Summer Lake, OR, Brush Creek Foundation in Saratoga, WY, and Surel’s Place in Boise, ID. She has taught nationally at conferences and residencies for 10 years. Her work has appeared in numerous Somerset magazines and in the books “Who’s your Dada?” and “Art without Waste”. Callesen recently completed a large fiber installation for the Museum of Northwest Art. You can explore more of her work at www.clarissacallesen
Jen Crossley is an Australian mixed-media artist and highly sought after instructor. Her art is truly unique, incorporating found objects, vintage ephemera, etched metal, resin, and more. With a true eye for detail and the ability to see past a rusty bit of metal, Jen is able to create assemblage pieces, tiny books, and stunning jewelry from this assortment of pieces she collects.
In her own words...
“Teaching is my passion. I have been doing it now for 22 years, thirteen of which have been spent teaching mixed media techniques. eight years ago I achieved my dream of teaching in the United States, and have gone on to teach at art retreats such as the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat, Art & Soul, Artiscape, and Vivi Magoo’s Art Retreat at The Prairie. Over this time I have featured in many magazines including Somerset Studio, BelleAmore Jewelry, Cloth Paper Scissors, and Australian Stamping and Papercraft. In literature, I was featured in “The Guilded Journey” by Anne Freund and Cynthia Shaffer, and was chosen one of only three Australian artists to feature in Seth Apter’s book “The Pulse of Mixed Media: Secrets and Passions of 100 Artists Revealed”.
Jen has filmed four DVD’s for Cloth Paper Scissors featuring my more popular classes.
Jen also has a range of Rubber stamps out with her unique designs I have also instructed for many additional webinars and online classes, and served on the ICE Resin design team for two years which also involved many online demonstrations of my techniques. I’ve been praised for appealing to both beginners and advanced students, giving clear and concise instructions, and making techniques look easy which in turn, provides my students with the confidence to go forward in their creative processes.”
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.
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.
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.
Donna Downey is an internationally renown artist, author, instructor, influencer and entrepreneur with a passion for nurturing the creative development of other artists. Her artist studio, located on 23 secluded, wooded acres in an idyllic setting has been an escape to many artists seeking to grow and fulfill their potential. Through her own endeavors, Inspirational Retreats, mentorship opportunities, and creative development, she has helped foster the creativity and journey of countless artists. By applying proven methods and experiences, she seeks to equip and empower artists to discover their full creative potential.
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.
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:
Roxanne also designs stencils at StencilGirl, which you can read about here:
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
Rochelle has always loved art – it has been a way to express herself and her style. Her road to creating jewelry began 12 years ago where she attended a chandelier class in Cortona, Italy. From that point on she fell in love with the art of soldering and jewelry making. It truly has been the best journey of her life meeting so many wonderful people, learning new things, and opening many doors to new opportunities.
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.
Maria Grossbaums art spans many styles and genres, but abstract mixed media with dramatic texture and colours is a key focus of her work as an instructor.
Her work as an artist comes from a close observation and from admiration of nature. Colors, forms, textures of trees, flowers, shrubs and landscapes in their natural state have always been the inspiration for her to express the beauty of life.
Maria shares her experience and knowledge with other artists through her Abyssimo Online classes and live workshops worldwide and in her home city of Toronto.
Julie is an artist, the founder of Shrinkets shrink plastic bead making molds , an illustrator and teacher.
Julie, attended Kendal School of Design and graduated with a degree in Illustration. She worked as an illustrator for 27 years ,10 as in house greeting card designer for Hallmark Cards and then 17 as a freelance illustrator .
She has spent the last 15 years as a mixed media artist, teacher and also creating product lines to use in this field.
Julie studied Fine Metal Smithing and Ceramics at California College of the Arts
Being a full time airs all fo her adult life allows her to brings a life time of artistic skills to the work she creates today.
Creating to her is a burning passion and the students she teaches keeps that fire burning.
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.)
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.
Susan Lenart Kazmer is an artist, silversmith and designer of 23 years.
After Art school, I realized that I needed personal experience from the world to be able to put forth and create a significant and relevant body of work. At my core, My work is based on travel and exploring other cultures. While traveling, I studied and observed unusual practices of cultures around the world, including my own. Through time, I obtained a deep understanding of Talismans and relics and found this subject relevant in all cultures. I discovered hidden meaning behind most artifacts and ancient adornment through symbolisms, embedded prayers and geometric shape. Now, I create my own version of powerful Talismans, Symbolism and Relics expressed through my work and can be worn for qualities embedded such as,protection, strength, abundance and love.
I also did ethnographic repair in the Chicago area on West African beadwork and adornment. East Indian Naga jewelry and Thailand components and jewelry. My job was to repair or rebuild a historical piece of jewelry or fiber. I had the opportunity to witness up close the construction of ancient pieces, how pieces were built and what would last through time as a connections as well as witnessing Innovative use of materials and their significant meanings.
Through a lot of travel and exploration I built my vocabulary of my own symbolism and Talismans through jewelry and adornment for the sake of building.
Early on, I began a jewelry commercial company in the fashion field and find I am recently going back to my roots. I am landing back in the fashion field where my work won an award during 2018 Milan fashion week Artistar event with Italian Vogue accessories. I have been in many markets including museum exhibits, education, American Craft Council and SNAG. My work is considered innovative and expressive. I build in culture, history and beauty into adornment.
Other interests include education where I wrote two books for the jewelry industry both Amazon best sellers. The first, MAKING CONNECTIONS- a handbook of cold joins, which was self published and won awards. The second is RESIN ALCHEMY, a 10 year body of work of my personal resin exploration and inventions.
Through the years and educationally, I have had the honor of teaching many different types of people including, women, men, children, artists, laymen and professionals.
I consider myself a teacher of the creative process. My objective for teaching is to open one up to the creative process and push one beyond one's normal expectations. This in turn will open up to new ideas infinite possibilities and allow one the freedom to create and explore in a safe space. If you allow this process in my classroom, you will go home fresh and full of ideas to expand your work, whether it be accounting or jewelry.
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.
Roxanne Lingle is a mixed media artist with a flair for fun and excitement as a teacher. She has taught for many years and has enjoyed being an instructor, not only in Colorado, but in Minnesota and Florida as well. Her work can be seen in several art galleries and unique boutiques in the area. Roxanne loves the variety mixed media has to offer. She comes alive in helping others find their “ah ha” moments and is an encourager by nature. Roxanne creates from the heart and believes art has the amazing ability to touch another person , right down to their soul. She is so excited to be a part of the fabulous Art and Soul Retreat!
Jennifer J MacLean brings her humor, energy and somewhat irreverent insights to every class. She believes in setting the classroom stage with fun, maybe some disco, and encouragement for every student. Her mixed media paintings and printmaking incorporate bold color decisions and express a physicality with her energetic mark making. She has also designed and created jewelry for 20 years. 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. She is also trained in the Demartini Coaching Method.
Trish McKinney, is a national and international award winning artist who loves to tell a story through her paintings. She is a Signature member of the Ohio Watercolor Society, was published as the featured artist/author of an article in Art Journaling Magazine and won numerous awards in national and international exhibitions. Trish describes herself as a Teacher, Painter, Dreamer, Believer, and Artist. One of her favorite quotes is “Instructions for living a [creative] life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” Mary Oliver. Trish loves to inspire students to do these 3 things.
Carol Nelson is a Colorado contemporary mixed media painter, juror and art instructor. She has been teaching workshops around the United States for over 10 years. She has been a member of the International Society of Experimental Artists (ISEA), and a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) and has been recognized with many competitive awards by national art magazines and organizations. She is credentialed with the Golden Artist Educator program sponsored by Golden Artist Colors.
Her work has evolved over the years from representational to more abstract in style. Her abstract work is full of vibrant color and unusual textures. She often uses metals, metal foils, and metal leaf in her work. Her process involves applying layers of color and texture to create an intricate and complex statement. In addition to private instruction in her Colorado studio, Carol teaches many workshops annually around the United States.
Carol’s work is featured in her two gallery books, Geologic Abstracts, and 100 Portraits. Her instructional video, “New Approaches to Mixed Media Materials,” has received fabulous reviews and is available through Bluprint (formerly Craftsy.) To see a preview of her video, click here: http://shrsl.com/rs07
Please see more of her work on her website, www.carolnelsonfineart.com.
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.
Roxanne Padgett has been creating “stuff” and making “messes” since she was 4 or 5 years old using whatever materials she could find. She does the same thing today, but now it is called mixed media art “I enjoy experiencing the creative process with others and I believe that everyone is creative and not just a special few. My personal motto is “Fear No Color”.
Roxanne teaches a variety art classes for adults throughout the Bay Area and at art retreats around the country. In addition, Roxanne is the Creative Director at the Museum of Children’s Art . Roxanne’s art work has been featured in a variety of publications such as, Somerset studio, Sew Somerset, Stuffed and Green Craft. Roxanne is also the author of “Acrylics techniques in Mixed Media” Layer, Scribble, Stencil, Stamp published by North Light Books.
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.
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!
Candy Rosenberg, A Vintage Girl, is known for her Vintage, Steampunk style and award winning full size paper dress forms. She manufactures her own line of chipboard albums and embellishments, foam and red rubber stamps as well as stickers with her daughter. She lives in beautiful Southern Oregon, an empty nester that travels the world to teach and inspire.
Spent bullets, shredded currency, egg shells, tea bags, leaf skeletons, vintage postage, subtle messages and handmade papers; these are just some of the materials you'll find when you look closely at Susan Rossiter's abstract paintings.
Susan's influence and inspiration is constantly evolving. Each year she chooses an area or direction of focus. Recently she has become enamored with Mid Century Modern colors and patterns. There is also a mix of Arté Povera and detailed obscurity to her recent abstract work.
Susan was a Fine Art major at Millersville University and continues to budget time and money each year to enhance her creative education. She feels there is always something new to learn and areas to grow artistically. As a result, Susan has extended experience in printmaking, fine art metals, design, fiber arts, sculpture, assemblage and encaustics. She enjoys the excitement of new processes and materials and It's fascinating to see how she incorporates all of these areas back into her specialization; Mixed Media Painting.
The areas of study and focus often become content for Susan's workshops with Art and Soul
Recent accomplishments include five large paintings commissioned by Nationwide Insurance and forty small works in progress for a collaboration between the Smithsonian and Art-O-Mat.
"I love painting and being surrounded by other creatives. I love repetition, detail, color and pattern. My favorite place is in the classroom with happy fun people and music. It's where I am most at home. Aside from painting I like to laugh, eat clean, kayak, swim, bike and run with John- the most wonderful person in the world.
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."
With an ‘I can make that’ attitude, Anni is self-taught in many facets of art.
Among them are fiber arts, book binding, beading, painting and lots of experimenting. It is thru all that experimenting that ideas are constantly being born. This is Anni’s 5th year teaching workshops at Art and Soul.
Anni and her husband live in the Chicago suburbs. They have two grown children. This is Anni’s 26th year volunteering with a beloved 31-year-old Red-tailed hawk, and a wee Screech owl. After hand feeding these beautiful birds, she hikes 4+ miles of wooded trail. Nature and conservation play a huge role in her daily life and is often depicted in her art work.
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.
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.
Helen Shafer Garcia is a painter, mixed media, book arts, ceramics artist and award winning illustrator. Helen’s watercolor illustrations have graced the cover brochures, garden articles and advertisements of numerous international resorts and magazines for more than 30 years. Awards include four San Diego Press Club First Place Awards of Excellence in Illustration for San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine. Her works and articles have been published in Southwest Art, Cloth, Paper, Scissors, San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles, and Studios Magazines. Helen holds a BA degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in illustration and ceramics. She is a signature member of San Diego Watercolor Society and teaches watercolor and mixed media workshops internationally and across the US.
Eva Sherman began beading as a way to spend time with her daughters but soon became hopelessly addicted. In 2005 she traded in her architectural career for the opportunity to spend all her time among beads, and opened Grand River Bead Studio in Cleveland, Ohio. Eva now happily spends most days in the studio creating, writing and teaching, but has been known to take her show on the road. She has discovered an affinity for working with wire and metals, and prefers to design in an organic and unstructured style. Eva has authored two books on jewelry design: "Organic Wire & Metal Jewelry" and "Cool Copper Cuffs".
Jacqueline Sullivan is a mixed media artist and calligrapher. She has served on the faculty of several International Calligraphy Conferences. For several years she has taught classes at art retreats, conferences and colleges in the United States and Canada.
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.
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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!
Donna is an award winning mixed media collage painter who has traveled extensively around the U.S. and Canada as a juror and popular workshop instructor. Her works have been accepted into numerous juried national and international exhibitions and she has received many awards. She has signature memberships in both the American and National Watercolor societies. Her works have been widely published in art magazines like American Artist and The Artist’s Magazine and books including MASTERS COLLAGE: Major Works by Leading Artists, and THE PULSE OF MIXED MEDIA by Seth Apter. Through her love for collage, Donna has been exploring her Japanese heritage. She considers her two trips to Japan as a pilgrimage to search for deeper meaning in her work.
Her works can be found at the Seattle Art Museum sales gallery, Lucia Douglas Gallery and Matzke Fine Art.
For your convenience, you may pre-order your materials for classes! Your materials will be waiting for you at the retreat. And you can always purchase additional materials at the retreat.