Daniel Essig got into bookbinding while studying photography at the University of South Illinois at Carbondale. One of his first books was an altered book, printed in Greek, with bindery that was completely self-taught. Rather than mounting his photography on gallery walls, he decided to place them in boxes or books so the viewer had to actively explore the art, rather than passively wandering past. At that time, he met Al Buck, who was making wooden-covered Coptic books. This binding was first used around the fourth century, in Ethiopia or North Africa, or perhaps this is just the area where the books were best preserved. Unlike most hand-bound books, Coptic books open completely flat. Images on the pages were wholly visible without struggling with the binding.
Dolph Smith helped push Daniel beyond the simple Ethiopian book, with his sculptural books that hung paper from wooden structures. Daniel’s bridge books using the same Coptic binding with exaggerated elements were developed under that influence.
After completing his degree at Carbondale, his mentor Frances Lloyd Swedlund encouraged Daniel to attend the Penland School of Crafts, where he concentrated exclusively on Ethiopian Coptic books.
Marta Gomez produces artists’ books collaboratively with Ivan Soll at their Tiramisu-Press in Madison, Wisconsin. Their work has been widely shown in solo-press exhibitions in Germany and Hungary and can be found in the collections of the Library of Congress, La Bibliotecca Nazionale Centrale in Florence, Italy,
Marta received her M.F.A. in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught at the Academy of Applied Arts in Budapest, at the University of Auckland, and at the famed Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She is currently directing the Book Conservation Laboratory at the Memorial Library of the University of Wisconsin. the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany, the Walker Museum in Minneapolis and the Kohler Art Library at UW-Madison.
Jennifer Hassrick is a Madison-based professional photographer and has been focusing on documentary and fine art photography since 1998. On rainy days, she also often transforms her kitchen into a Polaroid wonderland. Jennifer has attended photography schools in Santa Fe and Montana, and has studied with documentary photographer Debbie Fleming Caffery at the Maine Photographic Workshops.
Her recent documentary projects have included images from her travels to Zanzibar and Tanzania, as well as a series of self-portraits.
Jennifer is a member of the national and local chapters of Professional Photographers of America, Wedding and Portrait Photographers International and has also taught workshops at the Center for Photography at Madison, Happy Bambino, and Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. Her photography studio is located in downtown Middleton.
Claudine Hellmuth is a nationally known collage artist. Her work has been chosen as fine art poster designs, featured in numerous magazines, used as book cover artwork, published as rubber-stamps, drink coasters, journals, magnets and more.
In addition to creating her artwork full time, Claudine teaches mixed media collage workshops in the US and Canada, and is currently writing a book about her techniques with Northlight Books – a leading publishing company in the arts and crafts genre.
With a fine arts degree from the Corcoran College of Art, Claudine approaches collage the old-fashioned way. She enjoys the challenge of working with a variety of materials; cutting, pasting and painting her artworks by hand. Claudine’s studio and home is in Orlando, Florida – where she lives with her husband Paul and their very spoiled 4-legged children: Toby the Wonder Dog and Melvis the Cat.
Katie Kendrick lives along the banks of the Tahuya River in western Washington, surrounded by the Tahuya State Forest. The peaceful beauty of the nature that surrounds her is a constant source of creative inspiration and nourishment for her soul. She finds art making to be one of the most powerful ways to connect with her innermost essence while at the same time discovering her authentic voice. She appreciates the aspect of “beginner mind” that the act of painting invites, and the constant discoveries inherent in experimental and intuitive creative expression. Katie recently authored her first book with North Light Press entitled Layered Impressions; A Poetic Approach to Mixed-Media Painting, due to be released in January of 2012.
Ellen Kort served four years as Wisconsin’s first poet laureate. She travels widely as a speaker and workshop facilitator, and belileves strongly in the healing power of art and poetry. Her work has been put to music, danced by two New York City dance companies, and architecturally incorporated in several buildings throughout Wisconisn and Minnesota. She carries a bucket of colored chalk in her car so she can write poems on city sidewalks.
Hedi Kyle recently retired as book conservator. She continues to instruct students in the field of book arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her one-of-a-kind book constructions are shown internationally and are in numerous Private and public collections. She is a co-founder of Paper and Book Intensive (PBI) and gives workshops in the USA, Canada and Europe.
A modern day expeditioner, I practice my own version of archeology, scanning the terrain for intriguing bits and pieces that present themselves. I am most inspired by nature and its melodic effects on the human spirit with my intention being to offer a simple and organic approach to viewers in my work. Passionate about repurposing everyday materials, I am committed to reinventing normal into something eclectic, expressive, lighthearted and potentially spiritually stimulating all at once.
Having traveled the United States and internationally to offer creative instruction, I find respite in my home studio in the valleys of Southern Oregon where I work from home – continually influenced by the view out my studio windows, witty comments from my young daughters, and the ebb and flow of creative energy. My own book featuring my found object jewelry titled “Semiprecious Salvage” is now available in book stores and her plaster working book co-authored by Judy Wise will be available mid 2011.
Shanna Leino is a book and tool maker living and working in Harrisville, New Hampshire. Her love for early book structures such as the leather-covered Coptic and Ethiopian led her to tool making — there was a need for a tool she didn’t have and boy, was it fun to make it! Shanna has taught book making classes for The Garage Annex School for Book Arts, Well’s College, New York Center for Book Arts and Penland School of Crafts.
Susan Lenart Kazmer is an artist and jeweler. Author of , Making Connections- a handbook of cold joins for jewelers and mixed media artists. Recently involved with the American Fine Craft Council and presented the 2006 award of “Most innovative use of the medium” from Robert Lui of Ornament Magazine. Her work has been included in museum exhibits throughout the country such as the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., Art Institute in New York. Susan’s recent work includes a wearable circus troop with removable jewelry
Keith Lo Bue is a jeweler, sculptor and teacher whose work is featured in many major collections, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and the Museum of Arts & Design in New York. His work has been exhibited all around the US and in Germany, Australia, New Zealand, France, Ireland and England.
Books featuring Lo Bue’s work include One of a Kind: American Art Jewelry Today (Abrams), 1000 Rings (Lark), The Art & Craft of Collage (US/UK), Found Object Art (Schiffer), and Metalsmith, American Craft and Ornament magazines, plus the Virtual Gallery of Contemporary Jewellery CD-ROM (UK). His workshops have been presented to enthusiastic reviews at Haystack, Penland and scores of other art and craft institutions across North America, Australia and New Zealand.
Lo Bue lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
LK Ludwig creates art and chases her three small children around in a Victorian four-square in a very small town (pop. 4,023) in western Pennsylvania. Many weekends are spent in the woods and at the river, where family memories and art are made while the Allegheny River flows by. With a strong belief in creating around what she knows, nature, parenting, love and life seep deeply into LK’s artwork, making it content rich and personally meaningful. LK has authored two books: Mixed Media Nature Journals and True Vision: Authentic Art Journaling . Her third book, Collaborative Art Journals will be released June 2009. Her work has been in a number of books, magazines and shown in various galleries. LK teaches at various venues across the US and enjoys it very much.
A professional artist for over 40 years, Thomas Mann is best known for his “techno-romantic” jewelry which juxtaposes technological references, forms and construction techniques with romantic imagery. Originally from Pennsylvania, Thomas exhibited his work at Jazz Fest in 1977 and has called New Orleans home ever since.
Over the last few years, he has moved away from his signature techno-romantic design vocabulary toward jewelry designs that are, in some cases, models for large-scale sculpture. He continues to show his work at nationally juried craft and art festivals, in addition to overseeing a jewelry studio, sculpture studio and his retail space in New Orleans, Thomas Mann Gallery I/O. He has also expanded his role as a veteran professional artist to include a focus on education. He now leads a series of hands-on jewelry making workshops as well as entrepreneurial thinking and tactics for artists in all mediums.
Andrea Matus deMeng is a mixed media artist living in Vancouver BC who exhibits as well as teaches her unique combination of painting, collage, assemblage and sculpture throughout the world.
In her art, Andrea creates powerful portraits skillfully combining colour, symbolism and ornamentation. Each motif is a transport to a different time and place, and through the process unrelated and discordant shapes and designs are manipulated to find balance and harmony where at first there seems none. Her passions and strong feminine aesthetic can be seen in all of her endeavours. The improvisational nature of collage coupled with the very deliberate method of painting creates a balance of spontaneity and premeditation in her work. Inspired by her extensive travels, a unique personal history, and too many artistic influences to list, Andrea hopes to inspire others to live their creative lives and pursue their dreams of transformation.
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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 ever 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.
Quinn McDonald wanted to be an obedient, dutiful wife and patient mother, but she was born at the wrong time. She became a writer—in ad agencies, in corporations, at a newspaper. Traveled all over the world. Took notes. There was always that restlessness, that raised eyebrow that wouldn’t behave. Then one day, during a performance review, her boss said, “You are different, and seem to enjoy it.” It was not a compliment. The clock on Quinn’s job security ticked to an end.
From that day on, Quinn listened to her intuition, quit looking for meaning in life and began making meaning. She opened QuinnCreative and went back to school and became a certified creativity coach.
Quinn is the author of Raw Art Journaling: Making Meaning, Making Art. She also writes the “Business of Art” column forSomerset Studio magazine and “The Raw Edge” coaching column for Art Quilt Studio. She is a regular contributor to Create Mixed Media, F+W Media’s art blog and Jenny Doh’s Good Coach website. When she’s not in the studio, Quinn rides her motorcycle in the amazing landscape of the Sonoran desert.
Laurie Mika is a mixed-media artist with a passion for combining and overlapping a variety of mediums creating an original style of mixed-media mosaics using handmade polymer clay tile. Laurie’s background in painting is evident in her mixed-media works influenced by medieval and Renaissance art. The gilded devotional panels of the past become secular icons imbued with personal narratives. Art and folk traditions referenced in her work derive from her travels and experiences of living abroad. The highly embellished surfaces, including segments of text, form sumptuous tapestries of traditional and modern materials. Like a modern-day alchemist tinkering with the ancient art of mosaics, Laurie finds magic in combining disparate elements. The current focus of Laurie’s work in polymer clay has been to explore altering the clay surface using a variety of pre-curing/baking techniques.
Laurie’s mixed-media mosaics have been included in many group shows and galleries. She was featured on both HGTV and DIY networks. Her work has also been published in numerous books and magazines. Her own book, Mixed Media Mosaics, was published by North Light Books in 2007. These days, Laurie spends a lot of time traveling both nationally and internationally sharing her passion for mixed-media mosaics.
Geraldine Newfry has been working with polymer clay since 1991. She is a founding member of the Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild, and specializes in the integration of polymer clay and book arts. She exhibits nationally and sells her work on-line. Her finished work and instructional techniques can be found in Lark Books’ 400 Polymer Clay Designs, Faux Surfaces in Polymer Clay, Kids
Opie and Linda O’Brien are mixed-media artists, authors and teachers, who enjoy pushing the envelope in myriad ways, using organic, recycled and found materials because they seem to have a voice that must be heard, a story that must be told, and a life that would otherwise be too soon forgotten. They consider themselves “caretakers of the mundane and the ordinary” and their unique offerings include jewelry, dolls, books, assemblage, collage, masks and more. They are project designers for several publishers, teach art workshops nationally, in Mexico and France and for two museums, based on many of the techniques in their book: Metal Craft Discovery Workshop. Their work has been featured in over 20 books, in several magazines including Belle Armoire, Art Doll Quarterly, Somerset Studio, Legacy, Handcrafted and the Craft Report as well as art galleries, museum gift shops and both group and solo shows. Opie, an artist and musician, attended SVA in N.Y.C., while Linda is self-taught.
New York transplants, they now live in Ohio on Lake Erie with their cat Angelus and his cat Angel.