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Doris Arndt

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


Nicole Austin

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



Lisa Chin

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

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


Jen Crossley

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


Chad Alice Hagen

Chad Alice Hagen has been happily and intensively exploring resist dyeing and surface design of hand felted wool since 1979.  Textiles, fiber, fabric, material, felt, cloth – these words are more exciting to her than “You have won the lottery!”  Starting from a textile history background, she has supported herself through her BA and MS from University of Wisconsin and MFA from Cranbrook by weaving rag rugs from thousands of pairs of corduroy pants.  Why?  Because of the color!!  When she discovered feltmaking and the way the wool felt absorbed color through dyeing in the late 1970’s, there was no turning back. Chad Alice has written extensively on art and feltmaking and her artwork has appeared in and on the covers of Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts and Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot Magazine. She also is the author of three books; "The Fabulous Felt Scarf" (2007), "Fabulous Felt Hats" (2005), and "The Weekend Crafter: Feltmaking"(2002) all published by Lark Books. She has taught hundreds of classes and workshops since 1979 throughout the United States and Canada, England, Ireland, Holland and Germany - from the early felted boots through hats and scarves and artworks.  Her large scale felt work can be found in major collections including the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC, The Knoxville Convention Center, TN, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. B.F. Goodrich Corporation Collection. Chad Alice maintains a full-time felt and book studio in Asheville, North Carolina. 
Chad has been exploring the amazing world of Bookmaking for the last 12 years starting with her use of her resist dyed felt as the covers. She loves teaching how to use textiles - new and found - as the covers of journals and sketchbooks using different binding techniques.


Erin Keck

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


Cat Kerr

Cat Kerr is a Mixed Media Artist, Instructor, and Product Designer living in Central Florida.

A Possibilitarian at heart, she allows curiosity and childlike wonder to lead the way. She belongs to a tribe of Dreamers and actively seeks out other curious, quirky, one of kind, creative souls.

Her work has been featured in over 80 popular magazines as well as on the cover of four Stampington and Company publications. Cat currently teaches online and national retreats around the country. You can also currently see her on Season 2 and 3 of "Make it Artsy." on PBS.

To see more of Cat's work and teaching schedule visit her at


Heather Kindt

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


Susan Lenart-Kazmer

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

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

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

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

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



Misty Mawn

Misty Mawn is a down to earth mixed media artist living amongst the blue ridge mountains of rural Virginia.  She has had a strong passion to create art since she can remember, a passion that continues to bless her life with purposeful work and fulfilling adventures. When not in the studio she can be found amusing (rather being amused by) her two ever growing children, cooking up come creative concoction in the kitchen, or strolling the back trails with camera in hand. She studied studio art at Moravian college, started a pottery business, and has since retired from clay to focus on painting and teaching mixed media art. You can find out more about her on her blog


Lorie McCown

Lorie McCown is an American artist, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, from California State University, Long Beach, Ca. and attended San Diego State University’s Graduate Art program. She was formally trained in drawing, painting, and art history. She has made art all her life, mainly in the fields of drawing, painting, paper, textile and fiber, and infuses her work with spiritual and biblical meanings. Her pieces are in private collections and public galleries nationally and internationally. Her work has been juried into local, national and international shows, including Quilt National, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art and Mid-Atlantic New Painting. Lorie's art work has been featured in Art Quilting Studio Magazine, Quilting Arts Magazine, Surface Design Magazine, Fiber Art Now Magazine and Artist's Portfolio Magazine. She has work included in the permanent collection of The National Quilt Museum in Paducah Kentucky.

She teaches workshops and classes nationally in painting, mixed media and fiber arts. She’s taught at Art Quilt Tahoe, Quilting by the Lake, Gathering of Artisans, PB artst’s Open Studios and many other venues.

She lives in Fredericksburg Va. USA


Nancy Prichard

Nancy B. Prichard is retired from full-time teaching after 30 years in the Virginia Beach City Public Schools where she taught artistically gifted students and was involved in fine arts curriculum development. She is an emeritus member of Piedmont Craftsmen, Inc., has exhibited widely and been included in numerous publications. Currently, she is on the adjunct faculty of the Virginia Commonwealth University Off-Campus Graduate Art Program and Virginia Wesleyan College. In addition, she presents workshops for art teachers and students of all ages that emphasize mixed media and creative processes.


Janice Richie

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


Susan Rossiter

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

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

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


Nancy Sacco

         Nancy’s Fancies Jewelry

Originally from Maryland, I have lived most of my adult life in Pennsylvania, where I currently reside in Shrewsbury with my husband (and biggest fan), two dogs, and two cats. Our children are all happily married and busy raising our grandchildren. In 2006 I retired after 30 years from McCormick & Company and started work in earnest on my real passion of creating jewelry. My workshop is in my home, where I also enjoy teaching my craft.

Making jewelry has been a passion of mine for years, and over time I discovered I especially loved working with sterling and fine silver and beautiful gemstones.

I’m a member of the Central Pennsylvania Bead and Jewelry Society, the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, the York Town Craft Guild, and a juried member of the Yellow Breeches Craft Guild.


Anni Schwabe

Anni’s mixed media work has been published in over 30 issues of Stampington’s many magazines, most being by-line, authored articles. She was also asked to author a chapter in a Workshop issue involving step by step instructions and many samples on the subject of Liquid Media.
Anni has taught many private scrapbooking lessons, which also included paper arts. She makes art everyday.


Eric Scott

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


Susan Shaffer

Susan Shaffer is the owner of Joyful Arts Studio. She firmly believes art transformed her life -- allowing her to reveal herself to the world. She wants others to have this same opportunity to explore their own creativity and to find which art form they most enjoy. Susan believes we have all been created in God’s image; therefore, creativity is within each of us. Some of us just have to learn how to find it and use it. It is Susan’s goal to use Joyful Arts Studio as an instrument for sharing this joy of art discovery with others. Susan is a nationally exhibited and decorated artist. In addition to having nearly 30 years of experience as an art instructor, Susan is a former health care informatics professional, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art/Studio Art, with a concentration in Watercolor, a bachelor’s in Business Management with a concentration in Information Systems and a minor in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship from Wilson College.
Susan is passionate about the power behind the creative process and hopes to inspire wellness through art within each of her students.


Roben-Marie Smith

I'm a Florida girl, artist and teacher who believes being messy and having fun are BOTH important to the creative process. I have a knack for making the tech look easy, I hate wearing shoes, am a football fan and you'll find me wielding paint brushes like pom poms, cheering my students toward success. 

I teach artists from beginners to those making a living from their art through my blog and my popular online workshops.

As an artist, blogger, woman of faith and the owner of Paperbag Studios, LLC, my mission is to serve others and help them get the most out of their art as a hobby, or as a business. My own desire to learn and unquenchable curiosity keeps my fingers messy and my heart happy.

I have been a working artist for the last ten years and I believe that anyone can cultivate their creative spark.



Carol Spohn

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



Jacqueline Sullivan

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.


Lynne Suprock

Lynne Suprock is a creative mixed-media designer, writer, and instructor, making a difference through art. She believes through art, the opportunity for emotional or physical healing truly exists.
As a mixed media artist, Lynne uses a variety of products in her work, such as enamel, metal, clay, paint and fabric.
She has taught online, as well as at national retreats such as ART AND SOUL, ART IS YOU, BEADFEST and CREATE. She also holds events locally in her own studio. Her work can be seen extensively in Belle Armoire Magazine, Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine, Jewelry Affaire Magazine, Somerset Studio Gallery Magazine, Somerset Sew, Somerset Life, and in Cloth, Paper, Scissors. Her little book necklaces were also featured in the 2013 Lark Book, Showcase 500 Art Necklaces. 
She served as a 2015-2016 design team member for Amazing Casting Products, and was recently featured on the PBS show Make It Artsy, Season 3, for three episodes, which aired in the Fall of 2017.
A variety of mini tutorials can be found on Lynne’s YouTube Channel . Classes, updates and other updates can also be found at . As well, visit Lynne on Facebook, or look for some of her things for sale on Etsy, at


Jean VanBrederode

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


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




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