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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
Janelle and Kristin are a mother-daughter team that have been teaching together for 11 years as Fiber on a Whim. They both have very distinctive styles but have found common ground within a textured raw-edge style. Their hand-stitched and embroidered collaborations have been featured in Quilting Arts and on Quilting Arts TV.
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
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.
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.
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.
Caitlin Dundon is a Seattle mixed media artist, professional calligrapher and instructor with over 20 years of experience. Known for her signature style of calligraphy combined with her colorful paintings, she creates custom pieces for individuals and corporate commissions. She’s been published and written articles for Somerset Studio and Art Journaling magazines and been featured in the international calligraphy publication Letter Arts. She has taught at mixed media and calligraphy conferences throughout the United States and Canada including Art & Soul, Art Unraveled, Art is You, Letters of Joy, Ghost Ranch, Mendocino Art Center, the University of Washington and Upward Bound. Her art has also been licensed for printing and manufacturing and has been sold at Target, Walmart and Kohl's. Her new book, The Painted Word: Mixed Media Lettering Techniques (Schiffer Publishing) has been receiving rave reviews. Her art has also been published in Lesley Riley’s Creative Lettering Workshop and the first edition of The Coloring Studio.
Quilting is intertwined with our history. It is the common thread that connects people to one another, generation to generation, and cultures to other cultures. By its very essence, quilting is a celebration of the human condition. The stitches are like paths that lead us home after a long journey. I am an artist and quilting is my medium. Materials include cloth, paint, repurposed found objects, stitching and narratives. Layering, organic mark making, and line are predominant elements in my work, and used to create scale, depth and ambiguity. The natural surroundings of the earth is my paint palette.
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.
Janelle Girod started quilting in 1975. Her quilting journey has led her through many styles but her main love has remained in crazy quilting and hand embroidery. Over the last few years Janelle's nature inspired work is heavily hand embroidered and beaded. Her work has been featured in many magazines/books and on Quilting Arts TV.
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 attended Kendall School of Design and got a degree in illustration she then moved to Kansas City and worked for Hallmark Cards as a greeting card designer for 10 years . Wanting to live in the southwest she left Hallmark and moved to Santa Fe she continued to freelance illustrate for the next 12 years. But during that time period she shared her living between California, New Mexico and Maui. While in California she attended California College of Arts and studied fine metal smithing and ceramics. After 22 years of illustration she switched to mixed media, selling her work and teaching around the country. She now lives in Bisbee a small mining town In southern Arizona where she owns small art boutique named Blissbee where she sells her finished art, mixed media supplies and teaches classes.
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.
Laurie Longberry is a mixed media artist and the owner of Berry Farm Studios. She loves the American West and was raised in Wyoming and Colorado. She has enjoyed working in a creative field of one type or another since the age of 16. She lives with her amazing husband of 28 years; together they have 4 equally amazing children in their own right. After her kiddos were all in school, Laurie had a desire to go back to school herself to study art. A teaching job with Monart Drawing and Art Studio shortly followed and it ticked all the boxes of her dream job. She has been teaching children, teens and adults on a weekly basis for the last 9 years. Laurie enjoys being a student as much as she enjoys teaching and finds that sitting in the students’ seat always makes her a better teacher. In addition to teaching Laurie was a founding member of Textiles West and cherishes the friendships and the encouragement she has found there. Laurie is currently delving into the wonderful world of illustrating books, teaching almost daily and looking forward to grandbaby #2!
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.
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.
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.
Ever visited a funhouse? You never know what’s lurking around the corner. You creep through, cau-tious, curious and excited, all at the same time, because something whimsical, odd or mischievous could surprise you, but you enjoy it nonetheless! Mixed Media Funhouse is the art studio of Kristen Penrod. Her “escape” is not one of travel ,but a journey of the mind. She creates one-of-kind assemblages that can be described as somewhere be-tween whimsical and peculiar. Her followers describe her works as “shear artistic brilliance”; “magical with merriment”; and “upfront with style and deep meanings”. Her favorite medium is her imagination. She practices stretching her imagination with the selection of random vintage objects that evolve into body parts, enclosures, and amusing characters with a back-ground and story with deeper meaning. Recently she has especially enjoyed creating fictional charac-ters with non-fictional stories to them. Upon entering the funhouse, Kristen turns on her music, dons her goggles and her imagination ignites! She swings into action, deconstructing toys (after she plays with them of course)! THEN, decapitating dolls, adding vintage objects, RESTRUCTURING, rearranging, texturing, and LASTLY painting them all to look like one “being” from a faraway land. When you look at Kristen’s art, YOU ARE IMMEDIATELY INVITED to escape, wonder, be surprised, or laugh - So admit YOUR ONE TICKET and enjoy the ride! VISIT TODAY: www.mixedmediafunhouse.com
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.
Lisa Renner is a mixed-media artist who enjoys making art on many levels. Her interests include bookmaking, encaustic, jewelry and working with polymer clay, particularly creating figurative sculpture. She teaches workshops nationally and enjoys sharing her techniques and creations with others.
Her work has been featured in publications such as Art Doll Quarterly and Somerset Studios. She has been published in several books, including: The International Contemporary Artists, Volume V, which featured her Talisman Wizards, and Incite: Dreams Realized, The Best of Mixed Media by Northlight Books, featuring her Polymer Pod dolls.
Lisa is a member of the International Polymer Clay Association, and the International Encaustic Association.
One of her handmade Faux-Ivory polymer clay books is part of the permanent exhibit at The Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut.
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!
Kristin has been quilting since 2005 when she opened Fiber on a Whim with her mother Janelle. Her main focus is mixed media/collage in style and she has been teaching that nationally for nine years. Kristin has been published in Quilting Arts Magazine, Modern Quilts Unlimited, Cloth Paper Scissors Studios and has also appeared on Quilting Arts TV.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
I started doing mosaics over 12 years ago. It stated with updating an old coffee table with broken plates and tiles. Although it looked beautiful when I was finished, being my first mosaic it was very uneven and the table lost its function as a flat surface. After this I went on to create mosaics using polymer clay. This gave me a lot more control over the thickness of the tiles and I was able to achieve the flat surface I desired. I started with creating several doormats for family members and then I went on to create the Peacock (size 5ft by 3 ft) in 2014 and the Looking Up mosaics(2.5ft c 4ft) in 2015. September 2017, I finished an outdoor mosaic for the First Baptist Church in Kent, WA (photo above). Using only materials that are weather resistant such as glass tiles and broken plates, it has brought back the issue of the materials being different thicknesses. This time however, I added a layer of mortar between the backing board and the tiles; this has allowed me to achieve a fairly even surface.
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.
One of my favorite hobbies is decorative tole painting of 40 years. I bring this craft of painting a house on a funny shaped gourd of the south to Art and Soul. Gourds have been one of the oldest containers in the world for mankind. Intact gourds have been found in Egypt dating back 13,000 years.
I am retired but now run a business of SusieDesigns. I make torch and kiln fired enamel on copper for earring/jewelry components. Which I am a certified teacher I have held tole painting classes in my home and have sold at craft fairs and online in the past. I don’t have a tole painting website
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