Instructor bios for upcoming classes at Two Hands Paperie. Bios are arranged alphabetically by first name.
Alix Christian likes to play with fire. She is an encaustic artist who mixes beeswax and tree resin with pigmented colors, then heats the layers with a blow torch. She earned her BFA in Portland, Oregon and her MFA in West Texas. She has exhibited her work as far south as Austin Texas, Santa Fe, Taos and north from Minnesota to Michigan. She has also shown internationally in Assisi, Italy. Alix taught Fine Art and Computer Graphics at Amarillo College for seven years, and has resided in Colorado since 2010. See Alix’s work at her website: http://www.alixchristian.com/Waxing_Poetic/home.html
Anne Weatherley was walking across Market Street in San Francisco in 1984, when she found a paper snowflake on the ground, wet and with footprints marking it. It inspired her to start cutting snowflakes for herself! Since then, she has cut thousands of snowflakes. Her most exciting project was “the Birthday Project”, where she cut out a snowflake every day (or almost) from 2005 until 2008 while she waited to adopt a child. She wouldn’t know when her child was born, but she knew if she cut out a snowflake every day, then she would mark the day of birth. Lulit’s Birthday Flake was cut while she was being born in Ethiopia on February 18, 2008. Anne has a bachelors in art and psychology from Smith College, and a Masters of Art History from Syracuse University, Florence Italy. She has trained in traditional drawing and painting techniques in Florence, Italy and southern France. She is a photographer, painter, and sculptur, and an expert paper cutter.
Annie Reiser has returned to what feeds her soul; art. Years ago she pursued a degree in art and got sidetracked by life. Family and career took her down other pathways, though art has always been a lifetime companion. A potter, spinner, knitter, weaver, and painter, Annie now devotes more of her creative time to illustrating nature. She is a graduate of the Denver Botanic Gardens Botanical Illustrators Certification Program where she teaches part-time and is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists. She is also a certified Zentangle® teacher (CZT) and has incorporated that practice into her daily life. Her artwork has been displayed in juried shows and published in books.
Bobbie Benson has been involved in the field of art and education since the mid 60’s. She has multiple degrees but more than just schooling she has a love of sharing her expertise with others. Bobbie was involved in starting a public art studio in Longmont, Colorado. She has taught in schools all over the world: kindergarten through graduate level. She presently resides in Boulder, Colorado where one of her passions is Book Making as an Art Form.
Cynthia Morris is a published author and creativity coach. However, you can often find her filling notebooks with colorful illustrations, riding her bike scouting treasures at yard sales in Denver, cooking or practicing yoga. I blog regularly at www.originalimpulse.com and publish a bi-weekly newsletter, Impulses.
Fran Meneley is a multi-disciplinary artist, wife and mother of two teenagers living on the high plains of Colorado. She’s mad about journaling and has been at it in her studio and on the road for 10 years. You can find her work on her blog www.franmeneley.typepad.com and in these publications: 1000 Artist Journal Pages by Dawn DeVries Sokol, Beaded Embellishment by Amy Clarke, 500 Beaded Objects by Lark Books, and in issues of Studios Magazine, Beadwork Magazine and Cloth, Paper, Scissors Magazine and in The Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project. Two Hands Paperie now sells Fran’s beautiful cards made from her original journal pages.
Gwen Hatchette is a Fort Collins fiber artist who specializes in collage techniques with embellishments and paint. Her demo will consist of fusing paper and fabric to a background to create a card or art piece. Next, she adds layer upon layer of sheer fabric, silk, textured paper to add depth and interest. She finally adds stitching, paint or beads to finish the piece.
Heather Cherry is an artist and educator living in Boulder. With a Studio Art degree from Pine Manor College, and a Master’s in Art Education from Tufts University, she has been teaching art classes and exhibiting her work for many years. In addition to teaching for Two Hands Paperie, Heather currently teaches classes, camps, and workshops at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art.
Jeff Becker had been experimenting with several different media for years when he discovered the book. He was immediately drawn to the possibility of the form; how binding serves as an introduction to the content, the structure and movement, the anticipation of the turning page, and the following surprise or resolution; how all the senses are involved when one handles a book. He has been making journals since 1998 and has taught workshops for Two Hands Paperie, The Book Arts League, the Lafayette Library and Particulars in Lafayette. His education includes classes at the American Academy of Bookbinding, workshops with local and nationally known binders, and trial and error.
Judith Cassel-Mamet is the creator of the Jump Start Journal Kit and the Travel Journal Kit and teaches mixed media in the Denver Metro area, including the University of Denver and the Art Student League of Denver. Examples of her visual journals and various Youtube video tutorials can be found on her web site: http://www.jcmamet.net/index.html.
Kristen A. Law was bit by the book-bug during the last semester of her undergrad studies, while earning a BA in Studio Art at CU Boulder. Shortly thereafter she began production work, creating a line of hand-bound books, which she sold in galleries throughout Colorado for many years under the name Papercuts Press. Her artwork reflects a study of nature, melding scientific and spiritual habits like collecting, while fostering a strong love for paper, books, and maps. These days she finds herself teaching others the art of bookmaking, and loving every minute of it!
Marty Colón is an educator, naturalist, and wilderness guide, who has taught thousands of students natural history, field-journaling, and wilderness skills, around the country for over 25 years. He has led naturalist-oriented wilderness trips throughout the western U.S., Alaska, Yukon Territory, and Baja del Sur, Mexico.
Melinda Canino is a book artist, painter, and calligrapher. Her passion for painted papers, drawing, and journaling come together in her handmade books. Melinda has taught workshops for Two Hands Paperie, the Colorado Calligraphers’ Guild, the University of Colorado, the Lafayette Public Library, and many private groups. She is a former adjunct faculty member of western calligraphy at Naropa University and exhibits her work locally.
Mia Semingson works in a variety of media including photography, video, performance, sculpture,encaustic and artists’ books. In 1998 she received her MFA in photography and electronic media from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, and France. Mia taught photography and book arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder for eleven years. She and her husband Gerald Trainor have owned Two Hands Paperie since January 2010.