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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
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.
My work is evolutionary, an ever changing palette of colors in constant motion. As a painter, I find the process of applying paint to canvas a bit sexy. Intimately developing a relationship to the movement across the surface and losing myself in the strokes of color the brush leaves behind.
Because my art takes root in its color, I begin placing the colors like a map intuitively allowing the composition to reveal itself. The paintings develop in response to the energy created and it is as meditative as it is necessary to my personal connection to my art. I love a challenge of switching between media and it is not unusual to find me varying my canvas size from 6” to 6'.
To learn more visit donnadowney.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Artist Educator for GOLDEN Paints
This is a hard working disciplined full time artist with a full time day job. Her work can be seen at Nationwide Insurance headquarters and many businesses in and around Columbus, Ohio.
Her work is also now available at Owl & Rabbit Gallery in Burlington, NC. You can see more here: SusanRossiter.com
Susan worked her way through college at Millersville University, PA and has an extensive education in painting, printmaking, fine art metals, design, photography, history and sculpture. Skills from multiple genres and a little art history are integrated into her workshops. Online or in-person, Susan’s classes are relaxed, fun and informative.
Follow Susan for weekly posts and studio schnauzer puppy photos: @soozrossiter
Or on Facebook: Susan Rossiter Artist
Random questions: Susan.Rossiter@yahoo.com
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 7th 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 29th year volunteering with a beloved 34-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.
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.
To learn more about Kate visit her at:
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.
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.
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.