Carol Owen

Carol Owen has been a professional artist for 30 years, working in various media. For the last 12 years she has been working with collage and assemblage, making mixed media shrines. Her book, Crafting Personal Shrines, was published in 2004, and her work has appeared in numerous books and magazines.  Carol was an exhibitor at the 2007 Philadelphia Museum of Art craft show and has been a featured artist in Mary Englebreit’s magazine Home Companion.

Her shrines use old photos and memorabilia to tell family stories. At first they were about her own family. Then she began to make up stories, using found photos and objects (the search for these items is half the fun!) She and her husband live in North Carolina, near Chapel Hill. They love to garden and travel, but her main passions are making art and teaching.

Carol Pallesen

Carol Pallesen has been teaching calligraphy and related book arts classes for more than 25 years. She loves to share her knowledge and believes that teaching is the most important thing she does. Carol has conducted workshops around the word, and has taught at 19 international calligraphy conferences. She has been honored with the inclusion of her work in several publications which include Calligraphy in Print. Lettering Arts in the 80s, Cover to Cover, Tabellae Ansatae, and Handcrafted Cards.

Her work has been featured in exhibitions in Washington, D.C. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Salzburg, Austria at the Berchtold Villa Gallery, as well as other exhibits nationally. Carol resides in Reno, Nevada and works out of her studio, the Silent Hand Scriptorium.

Jessica Papke

Jessica Papke graduated in 2006 from North Carolina State University’s College of Design with a bachelor’s degree in Art & Design. Largely self-taught in the realm of metal, Jessica rounded out her college curriculum after graduation by attending independent metalsmithing classes at Penland School of Crafts and the John C. Campbell Folk School.

She is currently the sole proprietress behind “Rosy Revolver”, an unflinching line of jewelry handbuilt for women who appreciate silver, stone, and the strength of the female spirit. In addition to jewelry making, her passions include history, literature, shooting, writing and graphic design. Jessica’s most recent venture has been to enter the art retreat/workhop area as an assistant/collaborator with jewelry artist Richard Salley.

Jessica’s work has been featured in several small North Carolina galleries, as well as published in SavorNC Magazine.  She resides in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina with her son and two dogs.

Lynne Perrella

Lynne Perrella is a mixed-media artist, author, graphic designer and workshop instructor. Her work appears in many paper arts publications and books.  She is the author of  Artists Journals & Sketchbooks, Alphabetica, Beyond Paper Dolls and Art-Making, Collections & Obsessions

Her interests include collage, assemblage, one-of-a-kind books and art journals.

DJ Pettitt

With a love of teaching and sharing, as well as a passion for color and texture, DJ Pettitt delights in experimenting with multi media, using unconventional art methods and creating new techniques to incorporate in her art and teaching. A southern Oregon artist, DJ combines a background in fine art with photography, whimsical fabric painting,  and recycled textiles, creating new works in the form of art books, wearable art, and giftables.

Lizzie Oz Primozic

Lizzie Oz Primozic has been making creative art dolls for the past 11 years although an artist all of her life. She has taught dollmaking, papermaking and collage at Horizons in Western Massachusetts and papermaking at Haystack in Maine. She has taught puppetmaking at a childrens’ camp in Haverhill, MA as well as many innovative art making classes in her studio. Twice she has been invited to create dolls for the White House Christmas tree.

She fancies herself an iconoclastic artist and enjoys encouraging her students to cross the lines of medium and push beyond their comfort zones. Mostly rollicking fun, mirth and merriment is what you will find in her workshops!

Lesley Riley

Best known for her Fragment series of small fabric collages, Lesley is also a nationally known quilter and mixed-media artist with a passion for color and the written word. Her work takes the form of art quilts, fabric books, dolls and more. She has taught from coast-to-coast and her art and articles have appeared in numerous publications. Her art and writing focus on her passion.

Richard Salley

Richard Salley began working with metal in 1969 as an assistant to Carmel, California metal sculptor Malcom Moran. His metal working experience turned to ‘found object jewelry’ after taking a workshop with Keith LoBue in 2002.

Richard has recently retired from teaching in public schools to devote more time to his art and teaching workshops around the country. His interests include digital art, mixed media collage/assemblage, sculpture and jewelry.

Richard’s work has been featured in ‘Belle Armoire Jewelry’, ‘Art Jewelry’ and ‘Jewelry Artist’ magazines, Susan Lenart-Kazmer’s book ‘Making Connections’, ‘Steel Wire Jewelry’ by Brenda Schweder, ‘Steampunk Style Jewelry’ by Jean Campbell and ‘Metal Style’ by Karen Dougherty.

Richard and his wife, Jane, live in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Brenda Schweder


brenda-cropBrenda Schweder is an artist, author, teacher, columnist, inventor of Now That’s a Jig!, and collaborator with Swanstrom Tools USA of Now That’s a Pliers!. She’s written Collaborate: Friends in the Making (self-published), Steel Wire Jewelry (Lark Jewelry & Beading), and Junk to Jewelry and Vintage Redux (Kalmbach Books). Her designs and fashion jewelry forecasts have been published over 100 times in books and magazines including Beautiful Leather Jewelry (Kalmbach Books), Crystal Jewelry Inspiration (Kalmbach Books), Foxy Epoxy (Lark Jewelry & Beading), 30-Minute Bracelets, 30-Minute Necklaces, 30-Minute Rings, and 30-Minute Earrings (Lark Jewelry & Beading) to name a few.

Schweder masterminded Collaborate: Friends in the Making, a project-turned-book-turned-exhibit-turned auction feature where she “did the wire” and 27 other artist collaborator friends “did their thang” yielding thirty-plus mutli-media works and thousands of dollars in contributions to breast cancer research via the Bead&Button Show ‘14. Collaborate15 lives on!

Schweder holds Step by Step Wire Jewelry’s title of Artist of the Year (2015) and penned Wirework’s Creative Minds, a column on cultivating personal creativity. She is also a frequent guest on Beads, Baubles & Jewels with Katie Hacker, Craftcast with Alison Lee, and is a proud Craftsy instructor.

Visit her web site at and catch her on Etsy, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, AND be sure to subscribe to her very own YouTube Channel, Brenda Schweder.


Mary Beth Shaw

Mary Beth Shaw works in Mixed Media because she loves to play with art supplies; she jokes that Mixed Media is for artists who can’t make up their mind. Her process utilizes pastel, ink, marker and acrylics layered with various collage and texture materials; she welcomes so-called “mistakes” because they lead to wonderful opportunities and discoveries. She is author of Flavor for Mixed Media, published by North Light and is at work on her second book. She is also a Columnist for Somerset Studios.

Living in Wildwood, MO with her husband and three cats, Mary Beth is passionate about every moment of life.

Susan Shie

Susan Shie (pronounced “shy”) lives in Wooster, Ohio with her husband Jimmy Acord. Both have studios in their home and are fulltime artists. Shie, born in 1950, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University School of Art [1986] and a BA from The College of Wooster (1981, Phi Beta Kappa.) Both degrees are in Painting. Her work is quilted narrative paintings, which are time capsules of current events and her own diary musings, often created within the context of her Kitchen Tarot project. Shie has received two NEA Grants (1990-1 and 1994-5), four Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grants (most recent in 1998) and Artist in Residences in New York City, China, Ireland, and Alfred University. Shie received a $50,000 Major Artist Fellowship from The Ohio Arts Council and NEA in 1990-91. She won the “Best of Show” award in 1987, at the first of her ten Quilt National exhibitions. Most recently she was given the Teacher of the Year 2008 award by Professional Quilter Magazine. In her narrative art of diary, socio-political commentary and in her teaching, Shie strives to have a positive, uplifting effect on those who see her art around the world. Her work has been in many national and international exhibitions, as well as in numerous articles and books.

Along with founding and maintaining the GREEN QUILTS world project (which officially ended in 2004, after 15 years), Shie helps organize and develop local art events and projects. She sees the making of art as an integral and important aspect of healing: balancing, cleansing, and unstressing the mind. “When people learn to really bring their artmaking process from their intuition, unjudged by the rules they’ve learned, they make their most exciting work.” Plus it’s a lot of fun and fun is relaxing, and relaxation is healing. This is the emphasis in her class teaching: showing students the way back to creating from their hearts and souls.

Jill Shulse

Jill Shulse is a mixed-media/jewelry artist who loves to incorporate items from the past with items from the present.  Her love of antiques, coupled with her own family history and old photographs, is thematic throughout her work.   She was an ‘Artist-on-Call’ for Stampington & Company’s Inspirations magazine for several years, and her work has also been featured in “Haute Handbags,” “Altered Couture,” “Legacy,” “Belle Armoire,” ” Somerset Home,”  “Stamper’s Sampler,” “Belle Armoire Jewelry,” as well as being a featured artist in “Somerset Workshop.”   Her work was also in the books, “Interactive Art Workshop: Set Your Mixed-Media In Motion” by Kim Rae Nugent , and “Who’s Your Dada? – Redefining the Doll Through Mixed Media” by Linda and Opie O’Brien.

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Julie Snidle

Once a corporate training administrator, Julie works as a mixed-media artist specializing in encaustic work. With a degree in Elementary Education she has taught art professionally in the classroom, juried artwork for art fairs and also taught workshops in the greater St. Louis area. Largely self taught in a variety of mixed media techniques, Julie has studied encaustics intensively for nearly 10 years, including specialized training with R+F Paints. Her art appears in “Printmaking and Mixed Media” by Dorit Elisha and “Flavor for Mixed Media” by Mary Beth Shaw.

Julie exhibits at the 4th Wall Gallery in Ste. Genevieve, MO and is also active in local charities. A native of Minneapolis, Julie resides in Festus, MO, with her husband, Will.

Judith Strasser

Judith Strasser recently retired as a senior producer and interviewer for TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE, a nationally-distributed public radio program.  Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Witness and other literary magazines and anthologies. Judith has been awarded writing residencies in Europe and the United States.  

In the summer of 1998, she was Artist-in-Residence at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.  Her chapbook, Sand Island Succession: Poems of the Apostles, was published in 2002 by Parallel Press.

Judith has conducted writing workshops for adults and young people at the The Clearing (Door County, Wisconsin), Mexican Bob’s Poetry Camp (part of the Taos Poetry Circus) in New Mexico, and in Wisconsin schools. She led the workshop, Writing Our Place in the World for Valley Ridge in 2003 and will present her Writing a Life: A Memoir program over three weekends in 2004.

Judith Strasser’s memoir, “Black Eye: Escaping a Marriage, Writing a Life,” will be published by Terrace Books/University of Wisconsin Press in 2004.                 

Pamela Sussman

Pam Sussman is a full-time teacher, author and book artist working in paper and fabrics. Formerly a graphic designer, Pam studied bookmaking with Shereen LaPlantz and for many years taught classes at Art Continuum in Cleveland. She is the author and illustrator of Fabric Art Journals: Making, Sewing and Embellishing Journals from Cloth and Fibers, published by Rockport/Quarry Books in November, 2005. Recent teaching venues include the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus, and ArtFest.

Beryl Taylor

Beryl Taylor arrived in the USA in 2002 from England, having graduated in City and Guilds Creative Embroidery. Whilst in Britain she had spent many years exhibiting her work with a textile group called “Threadmill”. She has taught many workshops in mixed media collage. Since arriving in the USA, Beryl has continued to teach workshops, has had her work published in many national and international magazines and has continued to exhibit her work both in the USA and throughout the world. Beryl is also a published author ( “Mixed Media Explorations” ) and DVD / television instructor.

Karen Timm

Karen Timm is a book artist and since 1995 has been in her own business, “Books About You,” where she sells handmade blank journals, photo albums, wedding albums and more! Before starting her business, she received a BFA in art and was an Art Director for advertising agencies in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Madison for nine years. Images of her books have been published in several LARK publications, “How to…” books, as well as other publication houses.

Karen is a member of the Bone Folders Guild. She  taught The Magic of Pop-Ups andTunnel Books for Valley Ridge in 2003 and presented A Star in the Making in 2004.

Karen Wallace

Karen is an artist, art therapist and art instructor. She leads creativity, archetypal and therapy workshops and has a private practice in Regina, SK. Canada. Karen teaches Art Therapy at several retreats and schools in Canada and internationally. She is currently studying Interrelationship Focusing with Ann Cornell and Wholebody Focusing with Glenn Fleish and has combined this with her knowledge of Somatic Experiencing and Expressive Therapy to offer creative and healing workshops.

Karen has presented workshops at Hollyhock B.C., Hawaii, Italy, throughout the U.S.A. and at several retreats in Canada. Her entertaining and insightful programs create an enriched creative process to play, explore and learn.

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Michelle Ward

Michelle Ward enjoys getting messy with paint and paper in her home studio in New Jersey.  She runs her own rubber stamp business, is a regular contributor to Somerset Studio, and has been published in several books on mixed media.  Michelle says she enjoys teaching process workshops because that is where everyone learns valuable lessons ­, planned and unplanned, including the teacher.

Stacey Webber

Stacey Lee Webber’s artwork makes simplistic alterations in an obsessive, repetitive motion- sparking objects that speak of work ethic, time and beauty.  By focusing rhythmic actions on traditional jeweler’s techniques, her sculptures are bonded to the history of metals while existing as contemporary sculpture.

Currently, Stacey is Metals Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. During 2009, she was recognized by the American Craft Council/Baltimore as an Emerging Artist and was a Resident at the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago.  Stacey earned her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.