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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I find that art is an adventure that never gets old – there are so many possibilities….and I do love to explore! I have a passion for guiding others in exploring art in a way they might not have thought of before! One of my favorite areas is Mixed Media and Art Journaling. There is no right or wrong. It's experiencing art through play - and that's where we learn the most! It allows for the “what if “ questions and opens the door to experiment with different textures, layers, and mediums. I also LOVE repurposing items into my art - old records, maps, old sheet music, patterns, tissue paper....(yes, I need a bigger house for my stash of "art supplies")!
I have been teaching classes in the Spokane area since 2011. I have taught acrylic on canvas, glassware painting, fabric painting, art journaling and mixed media. In addition to teaching public classes, I also teach home/private paint parties.
I’m a Marabu Artist Educator, DecoArt Helping Artist, and an Educator/Demonstrator Member of Association For Creative Industries. I've been married for 28 years, have 4 adult children, my greatest pleasure is being “Nana” to my GrandBlessings!
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!
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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