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Giuseppina “Josie” Cirincione is the author of three North Light Books: Collage Lost and Found, Bent, Bound and Stitched and Solder Technique Studio. Josie has been a contributor to several other books, and her work has been published in numerous Stampington publications. She teaches workshops across Arizona and sells her pieces in the greater Phoenix area. For updates and workshop information, visit inkyblackpaperarts.com.
Marie French, author of Inspiritu Jewelry, has taught art in schools and workshops, from preschoolers through adults. She has exhibited in galleries, museums and libraries across the United States. She has written for such publications as Somerset Studio, Altered Couture, Belle Armoire, Haute Handbags, Everyday Jewelry and Cenizo Journal for which she writes a column on desert wisdom, plants and folktales. You can read about Marie’s healing and sacred art at inspiritustudios.blogspot.com.
Tammy Kushnir is a mixed-media and digital artist whose works have appeared in various art shows and magazines such as Somerset Studio and Somerset Memories. Her designs can also be seen on iPods and cell phones via www.decalskin.com and sold through her Etsy store at kush12.etsy.com. Tammy is the author of Wedding Journals and Keepsake Gifts and The Elemental Journal.
Stephanie Lee, author of Semiprecious Salvage and co-author of Plaster Studio, creates art in the studio of her Oregon home. She knows the power of creativity. She knows that the gift of being able to make art brings people back to the center of their innate creativity and helps them live more authentically in the world. She knows that for every creative inkling honored, there are countless dormant forces that awaken to support the effort. She loves learning for learning’s sake and sharing what she knows with others as much as humanly possible. When she’s not traveling to teach, she’s experimenting with new ideas in metal and plaster smithing, writing, wrangling wild ponies—otherwise known as her two children—and digging in the garden soil. See what Stephanie is up to now—visit stephanielee.typepad.com.
Annie Lockhart is a self taught, mixed-media assemblage artist … among other things! She has been gathering and collecting her “words” since she was a little girl in Texas. Annie loves exploring stories and recording memories from her layers of life, or of from those who came before. She has had the pleasure of teaching at artists retreats for the past several years with a focus on making heart and soul connections through the use of symbolism, memories and metaphors. She is the author of Objects of Reflection: A Soulful Journey Through Assemblage. She has also had her work and writings featured in several national magazines, and has been honored to sell her work at top juried art shows. Visit her website, annielockhart.typepad.com.
Jen Osborn is a third generation artist and writer and lives in rural Michigan. She creates artwork that’s as fun to touch as it is to look at, and she has a knack for blending quirky vintage items with modern techniques. Jen is a lover of anything textured, crafting found objects into story quilts that tease your eyes and tickle your heart. She loves to stitch up a storm and create mixed-media collages. Jen is a jack-of-all-mediums and is currently teaching herself to paint, filling her art journals full of odd creatures and inspiring quotes. In addition to Mixed and Stitched, Jen also writes for numerous publications, including Stitch Craft Create. Visit with Jen at themessynest.com.
Ruth Rae is a classically trained jeweler who somehow found her true creative calling when she discovered a sewing machine. Best known for her mixed-media fabric work, Ruth teaches jewelry and fabric techniques extensively in the United States. Her art and articles have appeared in numerous publications and juried shows. Ruth’s first book, A Charming Exchange, brought new ideas for collaborative jewelry. Her second book, Layered, Tattered and Stitched: A Fabric Art Workshop, will provide you with the inspiration and techniques to create fabric art with incredible depth and personal significance. Ruth has filmed two Quilting Arts instructional DVDs and has appeared on Quilting Arts TV. Ruth aspires to motivate others to follow their own artist inspirations with her art and musings. Learn more at ruthrae.com.
Kelly Rae Roberts is an artist, author and possibilitarian. She is the author of Taking Flight: Inspiration & Techniques to Give Your Creative Spirit Wings, a best-selling book featuring her insights on the creative life as well as her popular mixed-media techniques. She is also the author of Flying Lessons: Tips & Tricks to Help Your Creative Biz Soar, a popular e-book series. Her work has been featured in a variety of books and magazines, including Where Women Create, Artful Blogging, Cloth Paper Scissors, Somerset Life, Somerset Studios, Memory Makers and more. Much of her artwork is licensed and can be seen in stores nationwide on a variety of gift and home decor products. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her outdoorsy husband John, her baby son True and their airplane-eared dog Bella. For updates and information, visit kellyraeroberts.com.
After spending much of her life living in a suburb of a large city, Kristen Robinson (author of Tales of Adornment) and her family recently relocated to a much smaller city in southern Oregon. It is there that she has found an entire new world of inspiration and a much welcomed slower pace of life. Following a career in the corporate world, Kristen soon found herself seeking a return to her roots (as well as her art degree). As her background was in fashion and art, she knew the two would marry and carry her ideas to light. With a renewed courage to pursue her true dream, Kristen set forth with paintbrush in hand. With a love of all things from the past and the stories locked within them, she is drawn to many different forms of art, from jewelry and textiles to painting and mixed media. It is her hope that her deep passion for writing, creating art and reading comes through in all things she creates. As a Director’s Circle Artist for Somerset Studio magazine, Bonne Vivante for Somerset Life magazine and a designer for ICE Resin, Kristen is truly doing what she loves to do. She now offers classes online through her blog, kristenrobinson.typepad.com, as well as at art retreats.
A graduate from Austin Peay State University with a degree in Fine Art and a concentration in GraphicDesign, Kimberly Santiago began her career as a graphic designer and was elated to be recognized in HOW magazine’s self-promotion issue. She continued to work in the design field and win other awards, notably her Conquer Paper Promotional piece, which traveled to the Wiggins Teape’s Paperpoint at Convent Gardens and Butler’s Wharf in London, and continuing to a venue in Paris. From graphic design, she started teaching and later became a Department Chair of Graphic Design and Fine Art at O’More College of Design in Franklin, Tennessee. Kimberly is the author of Collage Playground and a contributor to Mixed-Media Paint Box. She has written articles for Somerset Studio Gallery and Cloth Paper Scissors. Kimberly currently works from her studio and art shop, Creative Corner at Hodgepodge in Clarksville, Tennessee. She blogs at kimberlysantiagoart.blogspot.com.
Jennifer Swift is a mother, artist and writer living in Plymouth, Minnesota. Aware that if she doesn’t do something creative she’ll go crazy, she tries to divide her time between those things she feels she must do and those she wants to do. Which is why she sews while waiting for carpool time, paints between loads of laundry and dreams up magazine articles in her head while grocery shopping. She is published regularly in Stampington magazines and volunteers with a local arts ministry, Art 2 Heart, designing products for an artisan group in Peru as well as other more local groups. She loves to share her creative inspirations with others through her magazine articles and her book, Creative Bloom: Projects and Inspiration in Fabric and Wire. She also has a blog that she hopes inspires others to live their own creative lives in an everyday way, Art as Usual, that can be found at blog.birdfromawire.com.
Susan Tuttle is the author of three North Light books, Photo Craft: Creative Mixed Media and Digital Approaches to Transforming Your Photographs, Digital Expressions: Creating Digital Art with Adobe Photoshop Elements and Exhibition 36: Mixed-Media Demonstrations and Explorations. She is a photographer and an online digital art and photography instructor who resides in a small, rural town in Maine with her husband and two children. In addition to authoring her own books, Susan is a contributor in various North Light publications, including Jenny Doh’s Art Saves and Liz Lamoreux’s Inner Excavation. Her work has appeared in numerous Stampington publications, including Somerset Studio. Visit Susan’s website, SusanTuttlePhotography.com, to learn more about Susan and her art and for great tips and advice on photography and more.
Jane Ann Wynn (author of Altered Curiosities) is an artist whose work spans a broad spectrum of media, notably assemblage, jewelry, sculpture, drawing, painting and photography. Her work is characterized by the curious juxtaposition of found objects, utilizing vintage imagery and distressed treatments, suggestive of elegant decay and dignified decrepitude. Her overarching philosophy is that “Every object has a right to be heard.” She frequently recycles found objects in unusual and often bizarre ways, for example, by creating an opulent pincushion from a doll’s head. In 2002, Jane established Wynn Studios, based in Maryland, along with her husband, Thomas Wynn. She teaches fine art in various community colleges in Baltimore County as well as Towson University. She maintains a constellation of Web presences, including www.wynnstudio.com and janewynn.typepad.com, and has appeared on television and Internet radio to illustrate her unique techniques. She has participated in dozens of exhibitions nationwide.