SUSAN BROWN (SHE/HER/HERS)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA
Susan M. Brown is a mixed media artist, graphic designer & digital content creator – with a thoughtful, yet abstracted twist on creating! She is passionate about photography, assemblage, collage and exploring new things, though mixed media is the kitchen sink that best sums up all her creative endeavors. Collage is involved in most all of her work… as she tears up, cuts and glues down anything and everything onto cards, ATCs, art journals, mini books, altered and dimensional objects. Fussy cutting is her meditation (though she has all the tools and toys to do otherwise) 😉
FAVORITE ADHESIVE: Glue stick
FAVORITE SOURCE MATERIAL: Junk mail
FAVORITE CUTTING IMPLEMENT: Box cutter blade
FAVORITE ART SUPPLY: Caran D’ache Pastels
HOBBIES/PETS/KIDS: Bubble baths, mail art swaps, visiting art exhibits, going to concerts, taking road trips with my hubs of 29 years
FUN FACT: I started painting at a very young age. My first media was Grandma’s chocolate cake!
MARIANNE BURGER (SHE/HER/HERS)
SWAKOPMUND – NAMIBIA
With a background in design and influenced by her love for all things paper, nature and fashion, Marianne works predominantly in mixed media and hand-cut (analogue) recycled magazine collage, creating whimsical postcard art as well as more reflective pieces. Growing up in a small farming community in the North of Namibia, her artistic philosophy is based on the belief that creative expression is abundantly inspired by the world around us and should not be limited to the availability of products and opportunity.
Her collage journey started 6 years ago when she experienced a personal crisis and have since been an advocate for the benefits of a daily creative art practice. She believes that collage has the ability to heal the wounds of the soul and when practiced intuitively, using images as a mirror, can we begin to interpret the microcosm of our existence and respond to ourselves and the world around us with understanding and compassion.
She lives with her Husband and Daughter in Swakopmund, Namibia where she works as a Montessori Preschool Teacher, Children’s Expressive Arts Facilitator and part time Collage artist.
FAVORITE ADHESIVE: Bostik Glue Stick for Paper
FAVORITE SOURCE MATERIAL: National Geographics || Lifestyle & Décor Magazines || Wildlife/Birdlife & Hunting Magazines
FAVORITE CUTTING IMPLEMENT: My Small MUNDIAL embroidery scissors and my X-ACTO craft swivel knife.
FAVORITE ART SUPPLY: Paper
HOBBIES/PETS/KIDS: Collage Artist, Paper Junkie, Image Collector and Element Seeker, Nature Lover and Daydreamer, Blessed Mother and Happy Wife.
FUN FACT: I always wanted to be either a chef or fashion designer growing up, so I went to college for a degree in design, only to become a chef for 12 years immediately after graduating.
MELISSA FRISTROM (SHE/HER/HERS)
Melissa Fristrom has spent her life trying any and all art and craft projects she could find. Art brings her back to herself. Art helps her understand herself. Art is what she would rather do than almost anything (almost).
In her work life, Dr. Fristrom is known for harnessing “The Power of the Hidden” to help individuals and teams discover the hidden factors that both help and hinder their success. For nearly two decades, she has assisted leaders from over eighty-three countries on six continents uncover the unconscious patterns that block growth and change in themselves and in their organizations. When solutions are easy, her clients don’t need her. But when they can’t find a solution on their own, she helps them figure out the hidden factors are holding them back.
FAVORITE ADHESIVE: Yamato Glue Sticks, Sookwant double stick tape, Crystal Neubauer’s glue mixture
FAVORITE SOURCE MATERIAL: Homemade papers (because I love making them!), Beautiful books
FAVORITE CUTTING IMPLEMENT: Sharp non stick scissors, Fiskars Fingertip craft knife (straight and swivel)
FAVORITE ART SUPPLY: Watercolors, R&F Pigment Sticks
HOBBIES/PETS/KIDS: Melissa Fristrom lives with her playwright librarian, husband, teenage artist daughter and Caliban the hedgehog.
FUN FACT: I have had over 40 jobs in my lifetime and I have owned my company for over 20 years, working with people on all continents except Antarctica and in 83 countries.
SHANNON GARDNER (SHE/HER/HERS)
Through her process, Shannon explores natural and organic techniques used to imitate nature and discover Earth’s imperfect beauty. She attempts to disassociate hand from consciousness and work directly from instinct. Her work assists the viewer to observe the Asian aesthetic Wabi Sabi, appreciation of imperfections.
When working with collage there’s a unique relationship with the artist and the completed piece. Shannon leaves the message natural as it develops without force while assembling pieces like a puzzle. It’s an interesting journey to find the best results, to the artist it feels as if one is working backwards with the message coming last.
FAVORITE ADHESIVE: Elmer’s Glue Stick, E6000, Modge Podge
FAVORITE SOURCE MATERIAL: W Magazine, National Geographic, VHS/DVD Jackets
FAVORITE CUTTING IMPLEMENT: OXO Good Grips Multi-Purpose Kitchen and Herbs Scissors
FAVORITE ART SUPPLY: Ink
HOBBIES/PETS/KIDS: Drawing, Painting, Assemblage, Film/TV, Oddity Collection
FUN FACT: I collect cicada exuviae (molted exoskeleton).
LUELLEN JOY MILLER GIERA (SHE/HER/HERS)
SUBURBAN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
LuEllen, an international artist, is the founder of planetcollage.net and co-founder of the Midwest Collage Society. LuEllen is a published artist and has two international art-related groups (curating a monthly exchange) on Facebook and Instagram with 4,800+ members total. She presented at the first Kolaj Fest in New Orleans in July 2018. LuEllen earned her Certificate in Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2005.
She is a teacher and curator, and she teaches in-home painting parties, among many arts related activities! Her artistic goal is to make sure everyone knows that they, too, are artistic!
FAVORITE ADHESIVE: Glue stick
FAVORITE SOURCE MATERIAL: Do I have to pick one? If so, National Geographic.
FAVORITE CUTTING IMPLEMENT: Scissors
FAVORITE ART SUPPLY: Posca Pens
HOBBIES/PETS/KIDS: Art, collecting stamps, rocks and seashells. I love to travel! I have two children and their spouses and two grandbaby girls.
FUN FACT: I can write backwards – fluently!
AB HONG (SHE/HER/HERS)
Ab Hong is an analog collage artist based in Manila, Philippines. She dabbled with loose watercolor portraits and gouache landscape paintings before discovering collage as her happy medium. Coming from an architecture background, collage provided a sense of fluidity and looseness that was a respite from her day job. Her works take inspiration from a wide variety of sources – authors, human fragility, faith, mental health etc. Aside from making personal collages, she also enjoys teaching. She values that authentic connection formed when a person shares their art and their experience. Because of this power of art to bring people together, she recently started up Manila Collage Collective last year – the only group representing collages in the Philippine art scene. They were able to take part in local online exhibits this year to sell and promote collage art. She hopes to be able to teach more classes in the future, further promote collage in the local art scene and be able to sell her works abroad.
FAVORITE ADHESIVE: Scotch Glue Stick
FAVORITE SOURCE MATERIAL: Coffee Table Books
FAVORITE CUTTING IMPLEMENT: Fabric Shears
FAVORITE ART SUPPLY: Uniball Signo White Pen
HOBBIES: Browsing for books at secondhand bookstores, listening to lofi music, making art with other people
FUN FACT: I love puns and memes.
CHERYL MACDONALD (SHE/HER/HERS)
NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA
Cheryl loves to encourage people’s development of creative expression through visual arts. Collage is her favorite art form as it presents many creative possibilities without the need for formal art training. “Flow with the process of cutting and pasting”, she says, “the joy is in the act of creation itself, not how you think it should turn out.”
Cheryl is a sustainable artist, using easily accessible and often free materials, such as vintage wrapping paper, old books, scrap fabric, found objects, and ‘post-consumer waste’ – outdated wallpaper sample books, paint chip samples, and junk mail.
The majority of her creative career has been working in various capacities with costume houses, public libraries, art councils, mental health organizations, and community centers.
In 2019, she made an exhibit created entirely of deconstructed book covers and pages, as an example of simple and easy creative play for children of all ages.
Ms. MacDonald is currently semi-retired ‘playing with paper and fabric’ from her home studio in Nova Scotia, Canada. She most enjoys making artwork of the natural world and in the science fiction genre.
FAVORITE ADHESIVE: Craftsmart’s DECOUPAGE waterbase sealer, glue, and gloss finish
FAVORITE SOURCE MATERIAL: Old Books
FAVORITE CUTTING IMPLEMENT: Fiskars Titanium Non-Stick Scissors
FAVORITE ART SUPPLY: Sharpie Permanent Marker, Ultra Fine Point
HOBBIES/PETS/KIDS: I love watching Sadhguru Exclusive, walking barefoot and collecting rocks at the beach, (never had a pet!), and keeping up with my one daughter living in Los Angeles.
FUN FACT: Instead of going to high school, I lived in a yoga ashram and spent time in Northern India.
MOLLY MCCRACKEN (SHE/HER/HERS)
Molly McCracken is an Arlington, Virginia based artist, who works in mixed media collage, assemblage and acrylic painting. Often the sentiments expressed in her work refer to current events (especially racial justice, colonialism and women’s issues), the natural world (especially the climate crisis, geology and botany) or feelings (especially deep inner reflections on her place in this world, her personal history or her day-to-day emotions). In her process-oriented art, Molly’s intention is to bring these issues to light in a way that is sensitive, visually appealing, potentially humorous, and always thought provoking. Her inspiration springs from bold color, shape, joy, frustration, beauty and wonder.
FAVORITE ADHESIVE: Glue Stick (Uhu, Elmers Extreme), Golden soft gel medium (matte and gloss), PVA bookbinding glue, glitter glue 🙂
FAVORITE SOURCE MATERIAL: National Geographics, old books, hand painted papers, cast off wrapping paper, anything really that I can repurpose
FAVORITE CUTTING IMPLEMENT: Scissors (Fiskars 4″ and 6″)
FAVORITE ART SUPPLY: Holbien Acrylagouache, Beam metallic watercolors, Golden acrylics, random supplies I find at the hardware store.
HOBBIES/PETS/KIDS: 3 (AMAZING!!!) kiddos, former figure skater and basketball player, reader, tv/movie watcher, nature lover.
FUN FACT: I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guna Yala, Panama.
LIZ MCENTEE (SHE/HER/HERS)
WINSTON SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA
Elizabeth McEntee is an artist, writer, teacher, student, mystic as well as a curator of curiosities. She loves collecting and crafting stories that share whimsy and heart. She adores color and every room of her home is a different color.
She worked for some time artfully meeting the priorities of others in the medical field. She learned a lot about people, business and the beauty of creating a supportive environment. Now she is able to spend her days creating beauty herself and teaching others how to confidently explore their own creativity.
She currently lives in a quiet neighborhood in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She shares her yard with a multitude of birds, squirrels, deer and a neighbor’s cat who pretends they have never met.
FAVORITE ADHESIVE: UHU Glue Stick
FAVORITE SOURCE MATERIAL: Public domain photography files from NYPL, marked up children’s school books, dictionaries with lots of drawings.
FAVORITE CUTTING IMPLEMENT: Cutter Bee Scissors
FAVORITE ART SUPPLY: Full marker sets – Pentel, Posca, Crayola
HOBBIES/PETS/KIDS: Bichon puppy, Colin, 15 pounds of rascally love!
FUN FACT: My favorite present to receive is foreign magazines to cut up for collage!
ANNA MURFIN (SHE/HER/HERS)
CAPE COD, MASSACHUSETTS
Anna Murfin is a prize winning internationally exhibited multi discipline artist who has shown work in both the United Kingdom and the USA. She completed a degree in ceramics at the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom before moving to the USA where she has taught pottery and worked for many years as full time historical re-productions potter and educator at Plymouth Plantation Museum. Anna Murfin has also exhibited paintings and mixed media work extensively in galleries in Connecticut including Hill-Stead Museum and New Britain Museum of American Art. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Art League of New Britain, Farmington Valley Arts Center and Canton Clay Works.
Anna Murfin currently splits her time between teaching classes in ceramics, jewelry, egg tempera painting and inspiration; and teaching horse riding lessons to nervous ridings using positive mindset coaching techniques.
FAVORITE ADHESIVE: Elmer’s Xtreme Glue Stick, Aleene’s Tacky Glue
FAVORITE SOURCE MATERIAL: Things that are free or overlooked and cost pennies.
FAVORITE CUTTING IMPLEMENT: Sharp Scissors
FAVORITE ART SUPPLY: Everything!!! haaaaaaHAAAAhaaaa. You can’t have too many art supplies.
HOBBIES/PETS/KIDS: My best friend is my spotty Appaloosa horse who looks like a splattered Jackson Pollock painting in black, white and brown. Even my horse is art 😀
FUN FACT: When I was a zoo keeper working with primates I learned to “speak” gibbon and could imitate their calls.
LEAH PETERSON (SHE/HER/HERS)
Leah Peterson is a mixed-media artist who enjoys experimenting with a variety of mediums and techniques, including sculpture, drawing, freeform embroidery, and most recently, mixed media collage. Right now, she particularly loves working with pages taken from old books, acrylic paints, and a variety of stamping and printing tools. In addition to making art, Leah spends her free time collecting and playing board games with her husband. As her day job, Leah works as an instructional designer at Boston University building online courses.
FAVORITE ADHESIVE: UHU Glue Sticks
FAVORITE SOURCE MATERIAL: Old Books
FAVORITE CUTTING IMPLEMENT: Just your run-of-the-mill pointy precision scissors – the ones with the yellow and black striped handles.
FAVORITE ART SUPPLY: My Speedball Brayer.
HOBBIES/PETS/KIDS: I have two daughters, one in fifth grade and the other in college, and a goldendoodle named Charlie, who has been featured a number of times in my art. Besides art-making, along with my husband, I’m an avid board-game player and collector.
FUN FACT: Although I currently live in Vermont, I’ve also lived in Iowa, Austria, Puerto Rico, Spain, New Jersey, Massachusetts and other places too.
TIPPI POLO (SHE/HER/HERS)
Tippi Polo is a Hispanic-American artist born and raised in Tampa, Florida. Polo uses her practice to explore how the influences of family, culture and media shape our perception of self-worth, our interpersonal relationships and our fears. These expressions take form in many ways including mixed media collage, mixed media sculpture and multimedia installation. Polo co-owned a fine art business for more than a decade, during which time she also completed a museum framing and framing design apprenticeship. She has exhibited both individual and collaborative work in Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and Texas. She is currently Coordinator of Art, Art History and Creative Computation at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
FAVORITE ADHESIVE: Yes, Golden Matte Medium, E6000 and Elmer’s Glue Sticks (particularly Extra Strength and Repositionable)
FAVORITE SOURCE MATERIAL: Games, scrapbooks and wallpaper.
FAVORITE CUTTING IMPLEMENT: The right tool for the job.
FAVORITE ART SUPPLY: Pens of all sorts: paint, Sharpie, gel and alcohol based ink.
HOBBIES/PETS/KIDS: Knitting and sewing (both as art and as craft), music and weird fiction. Trying to keep up with my energetic fiance and honorary step-son.
FUN FACT: I play the villain in a weird fiction podcast.
NICOLE REDDINGTON (SHE/HER/HERS)
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK
Nicole is a nature-inspired, abstract mixed media artist residing in Rochester, NY with her husband and two children. She has a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, but always squeezed in as many studio art classes as possible along the way, as it has always been her first love. She also loves to travel and completed two semesters abroad during college in Kandy, Sri Lanka and Florence, Italy where she studied under Italian artist, Daniel De’Angeli.
As a practicing Landscape Architect, she spends a lot of time outdoors and her visual vocabulary is heavily influenced by botanical forms and patterns found in nature. She is drawn to interesting patterns, textures, organic forms and color combinations. She uses her sketchbooks and art journals as a landing pad and playground to experiment with what inspires her. She creates abstract mixed-media paintings using expressive marks, organic imagery and layering. Her goal is to evoke the feeling of traveling through her memories while leaving interpretations open to the viewer.
FAVORITE ADHESIVE: Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
FAVORITE SOURCE MATERIAL: Upcycled tea bags
FAVORITE CUTTING IMPLEMENT: My hands, I prefer to tear.
FAVORITE ART SUPPLY: Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels
HOBBIES/PETS/KIDS: Married with two teenagers, two dogs, one cat. I love trail running, stand-up paddling, and making art!
FUN FACT: I am the youngest of 13 kids.
DARLENE SARDINSKY (SHE/HER/HERS)
WEST CALDWELL, NEW JERSEY
Darlene believes that art is a way to express ourselves without the structure and reason of words. She has always intuitively connected pictures, letters, colors and shapes, allowing art to take form without thought or judgement. Her first love is photography, but finds collage to be similar in the way that their composition takes form, creating an artistic embodiment unique to the moment, filled with mood and self expression.
An elementary school teacher by trade, Darlene has learned to challenge young students to trust themselves and their instincts and to feel liberated so that they recognize that being themselves is exactly what they should be. She is looking forward to connecting her two passions in a way that freely brings out the inner beauty of her collage students and helps them to share this beauty with the world.
FAVORITE ADHESIVE: UHU Glue Sticks and Mod Podge
FAVORITE SOURCE MATERIAL: Magazines, books, mail – old is better but new is fantastic too.
FAVORITE CUTTING IMPLEMENT: Any sharp scissor, so many to choose from.
FAVORITE ART SUPPLY: Paper
HOBBIES/PETS/KIDS: Photography, yoga, nature. Two adult children, a son and a daughter who are my heart. Two cats, Ember and Izzy and my old lady of a dog Maya.
FUN FACT: I had a cake decorating business pre-internet for several years and still miss having icing covered hands on a daily basis.
KELLY SCHAUB (SHE/HER/HERS)
Kelly is a mixed media collage artist and founder of Collage-Lab. A theatre artist and administrator for over 25 years, influences from the theatre guide artist her work in collage. She finds that collage is much like the ephemeral aspect of a theatre experience. Each performance is different and will never be duplicated exactly. Also, there is the collaborative nature of theatre, where artists with a range of skills come together to enhance each other’s work. Analog collage can be quite similar.
FAVORITE ADHESIVE: Elmer’s X-treme Glue Stick, Golden Soft Gel Medium
FAVORITE SOURCE MATERIAL: 1930s Montgomery Ward catalog
FAVORITE CUTTING IMPLEMENT: Whichever pair of scissors is most easily within reach
FAVORITE ART SUPPLY: Stabilo Woodies
HOBBIES: Making collage, teaching collage, spreadsheets
FUN FACT: I met my boyfriend when we rode out Hurricane Harvey in 2017 together. We’ve been together ever since. I call it our “whirlwind romance.”