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    Heidi Wiitanen

    May 14, 2018
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    Heidi formed a deep connection to her childhood home in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and her Finnish-American family heritage from a young age, and when her mother taught Heidi to sew as a child, it meant these family connections would be forever interwoven with her creative pursuits. Even as Heidi studied science in college and later began work as a laboratory scientist, her passion for the arts never dimmed. A few years later, Heidi decided to study fiber and fashion design at Finlandia University’s International School of Art and Design, where her program’s affiliation with Finland’s Kuopio Academy enabled her to explore her connection to Finnish design’s philosophy and aesthetic.

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  • Maria Ma

    Maria Ma

    May 10, 2018
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    Born in Warsaw, Poland, Maria learned to weave from her grandmother, herself a textile worker. When Maria moved to the United States soon after, she brought with her those fledgling creative interests. Eventually, Maria would go on to study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she became interested in three-dimensional work such as metalworking and fabric sculpture. After graduation, Maria moved to China, where she participated in art exhibitions in mixed media, textiles and experimental theater.

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  • Dorene Reggiani

    Dorene Reggiani

    May 4, 2018
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    Growing up in small town New Jersey, Dorene’s creativity stemmed to a large part from her natural surroundings. An avid gardener at an early age, Dorene enjoyed the connection she felt working with the earth and her plants. It wasn’t long before this same inspiration led her to other creative outlets as well. In high school, she was drawn to enroll in ceramics classes after school, and even if it wasn’t her primary academic focus, Dorene continued to pursue her passion for the arts throughout college.

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    Keun Ho Peter Park

    Mar 30, 2018
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    Originally a painting student at Korea University in South Korea, Keun Ho Peter Park became inspired by creations people could not just look at, but interact with, handle and use. Refocusing his studies on art installation and furniture building, Peter presented his own hand-built furniture for his senior arts exposition before continuing on after graduation to study traditional Korean furniture construction. Shortly thereafter, Peter studied studio furniture design at Rochester Institute of Technology, hoping to explore his own artistic ideas and connect with the American craft community.

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    Tara Underwood

    Feb 19, 2018
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    Tara continues to explore and refine her making process: she mixes her own glazes, and finishes each piece by hand, giving even her wheel-thrown pots a distinctive, freeform quality. Through her process, Tara works to realize and express her ideas, inspirations and influences, citing traditional Japanese pottery—in particular its simplicity and celebration of the imperfections of handmade pieces— as a major inspiration.

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    Rebecca Segall

    Dec 7, 2017
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    Rebecca herself was drawn to crafting beaded jewelry at an early age by the art form’s simplicity—it required only simple tools and raw materials, not to mention patient hands and a keen, creative eye. Soon, however, Rebecca set to refining her approach, finding inspiration in the spiritual significance traditional beaded necklaces hold for makers and wearers around the world and across cultures; the work is simultaneously creative and meditative, and its subtle details reflect the repeated, delicate work behind them. Today, Rebecca has continued to perfect her craft while pursuing an MFA in painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, allowing her interest across artistic mediums to inform her work and impart a unique quality to each piece: its simple power, and the traditions behind it.

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  • Clarity Elise

    Clarity Elise

    Oct 17, 2017
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    An Aspen native, Clarity’s artistic spirit and contemplative nature drew her to intricate, highly detailed creative projects from an early age. This passion and patience for the artistic process led Clarity to pursue an arts degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she first discovered working with fibers. Her natural disposition for contemplative, time-intensive craft inspired her to take a course in weaving and she was hooked: after graduation, she continued to weave pieces on her loom and displayed works at art galleries and fine art shows. Now, having returned to Aspen, Clarity has been able to devote herself full time to creating distinctive, meticulously crafted pieces, inspired by the natural world around her and the artistic community to which she belongs.

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  • Dash Masland

    Dash Masland

    Oct 10, 2017
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    A lifelong coastal Maine native, Dash learned to quilt from her mother, whose own handmade work helped Dash understand at an early age the meaningful nature of handmade goods. Dash’s early explorations in quilting sparked a passion that has stayed with her ever since. Even when working as a marine scientist, she continued to quilt as a hobby, and found that her coastal environment and the ocean she studied profoundly influenced her work as a maker as well. Eventually, Dash realized her true course pointed toward a more creative career, and she set out to contribute to Maine’s deep textile arts tradition. Now, Dash creates pieces that are works of handmade self-expression as much as they are functional, inspired by the rugged shorelines and seascapes of her beloved home.

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    Lisa Young

    Oct 10, 2017
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    A lifelong Californian, Lisa grew up in Los Angeles and spent time as a student in Sacramento. As a child, Lisa learned the art of crocheting from her mother, a talented maker in her own right who poured herself into countless crafts, from quilting to painting and doll making. Thanks to these lessons, Lisa appreciated at an early age the time and commitment each handmade creation required. Soon, she began creating herself, crocheting intricate yet rustic baskets for her home and others’. In 2016, she turned her lifelong creative outlet into a full-time pursuit, and ever since she has devoted herself to making pieces that will bring a small bit of nature into the home and the lives of the people who use them.

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    Cara DeHeart

    Oct 10, 2017
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    Cara took her first steps toward weaving in high school, when she interned at a local Nantucket weaving studio. Even at such a young age, her experience at the studio convinced her that she had found her calling. Following her internship, Cara went on to train as a production weaver, gaining experience weaving clean, simple contemporary designs. Ever seeking to grow as a weaver, Cara’s creative spirit and diverse design interests led her to begin her own weaving project, and in 2010 her Seaweaver studio was born. Cara’s work is both inspired and formed by her love for the natural world: in addition to pursuing patterns and color palettes that evoke the island’s dynamic surroundings, Cara strives to create pieces using all-natural materials and surplus and reclaimed fibers. The results of these efforts are mindfully made pieces that are testaments to Cara’s dedicated approach, tireless creativity and devotion to her craft. 

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