Laura Barker is a lifelong knitter and former engineer and math teacher. She enjoys combining all the best of her experience in her favorite career, knitwear design and education. Her designs feature innovative construction with clear instructions. She is the author of Mitered Entrelac and Knitting Entrelac Around the Corner, and has published patterns in Interweave Knits, Knit Now, Knitty, Knitter's Magazine, Vogue and various yarn labels, and on Ravelry. She was an instructor at a Washington, D.C., LYS and has taught for various festivals and retreats around the country. Her work can also be found on Ravelry and Instagram as CathedralKnits. She was the founding VP of the Capitol Hill Knitting
Kathy Cano-Murillo, The Crafty Chica, is the founder of the award-winning site, Crafty Chica.com, specializing in Mexican-inspired crafts. She is a former syndicated newspaper columnist and now a full-time creativepreneur and has authored several craft books and novels, a book about the life of Frida Kahlo, and her latest – The Crafty Chica Creates. Her product lines have been sold on HSN, at Barnes & Noble, Michaels, and hundreds of pottery, craft, and fabric shops across the country. Kathy’s mission is to promote positivity via creativity! Features include Forbes, The New York Times, Buzzfeed+ more.
Kathy launched CraftyChica.com in 2001 which has evolved into a well-rounded lifestyle site that is anchored in DIY and crafts, but also embraces books, shopping, fashion, business, movies, food, travel, beauty, tech, family life and more. Her life's mission to inspire others to bring out their inner sparkle – and to see the sparkle in others. She believes in paying it forward and setting a positive example. She uses CraftyChica.com to share all the little and big things that make life sweet!
Craft Talk: Let Your Creative Muse Sparkle!
Stephanie Chavez is a certified metal clay artist and instructor. She is proficient in many jewelry mediums but her biggest love is metal clay. Certified through Rio Grande, she has been working with metal clay for over 15 years. Stephanie offers online workshops and is recognized as an expert in the field of metal clay. Stephanie enjoys sharing her passion for metal clay with all those who attend her workshops. Learn more on her website www.stephaniechavez.com.
Copper Clay Playground
Eye of the Ocean
Gigi Chen was born in Guangdong, China, and raised in New York City. Her work combines her training as a traditional animator alongside Old Master painting techniques. Entrenched in the art of storytelling, Gigi’s art pulls together contemporary idioms of cartooning, photo-realism, texture and design to produce works that coalesce into Love, Craft and Fun. As a host of Artists Network’s “Painting Together with Acrylics,”she demonstrated the fundamentals of acrylic painting. Gigi’s work has been exhibited at Stone Sparrow Gallery, Deep Space Gallery and Antler Gallery. She was most recently an Artist-in-Residence with the 4Heads Organization on Governors Island, New York City.
Fur Real! Painting Animals with Acrylics
The Power of the (Ballpoint) Pen
Fun with Texture! A Demonstration of Faux Effects
Go with the Glow: Painting Special Lighting Effects
Michael Chesley Johnson
Michael paints primarily outdoors in oil, pastel or gouache, choosing locations from the American Southwest to Downeast Maine to the Canadian Maritimes, and has participated in a number of national plein air events. Michael was awarded Master Pastellist status by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, and he is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of America. His paintings have appeared in many art publications and are part of corporate and private collections. A well-known workshop teacher, Michael is also a frequent contributing writer for Artist's Magazine, Pastel Journal, Watercolor Artist and PleinAir Magazine. He’s also the author of several books, including Beautiful Landscape Painting Outdoors: Mastering Plein Air.
From Study to Studio (Studio-only Version)
Jen Cushman is a natural storyteller who’s drawn to the imperfect, the quirky, the artsy and the authentic. A mixed-media artist and instructor for 20 years, Jen has authored two jewelry-making books and has been widely published in magazines such as Belle Armoire Jewelry, Jewelry Affair, Somerset Studio, Cloth Paper Scissors and more. Currently, she's a featured content creator for MadeTV, a new streaming network for artists and makers. She’s passionate about guiding others toward embodying their creativity, authenticity and joy. You can learn more about her at jencushman.com and soulstirmagic.com.
Mixed-Media: “Love is the Highest Frequency” Collage
Artist and designer, Alexandra Davidoff blends textures, colors, cultures, and techniques to create unique pieces of wearable and decorative art. Her knitwear designs appear in Vogue Knitting, Noro magazines and books, Malabrigo books, Knitter’s Magazine, Creative Knitting magazine, Designer Knitting magazine, and the 60 Quick Knits book series. Plus, she works with a number of yarn companies and online websites. Alexandra has been teaching knitting classes and workshops in the United States and internationally. You can find her among the teachers at Vogue Knitting LIVE!, Hill Country Weavers Retreat, DFW Fiber Fest, and many other virtual and in-person events. Before becoming Indie Knitwear Designer, she was designing garments and accessories for Cold Water Creek and Soft Surrounding. She received her Fashion Designer degree from The Art Institute of Dallas. Alexandra leaves and works in Dallas, Texas.
The Art of Knitting 3D Dragon Scales: A Unique Three-Dimensional Knitting Technique
Cross Stitch on Knits: A Unique Embellishment Technique for Your Knits
Floribundance: Crochet 3D Flowers
Frank grew up in Europe and was mentored by Italian Master painter Renato Casaro, in 1994 and 1995. Frank has worked as a professional illustrator and as a commission portrait artist. He strives to create timeless art in both oil and watermedia and works in a direct, loose style influenced by the Old World Masters. He spent several years living in the south of France and has painted on location in many countries around the world. Frank is an award-winning artist and Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society, and is a Juried Artist member of the prestigious California Art Club.
Beyond Technique: Finding Individual Expression (in Watercolor) (TWO DAYS)
Laura Farson is a knitting instructor, designer, and author with an exceptional interest in unique Scandinavian and Bavarian yarn techniques. Her designs focus on knit and crochet techniques with an emphasis on texture and color. Her special interest is in streamlining complicated patterns with modern methods. She demonstrates tips and tricks to make crafting fun and enjoyable. Laura teaches at local yarn shops and at major knitting events. She is the author of New Twists on Twined Knitting and Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks.
Multi-color Textures, Zigzags, & Braids: Sample Scandinavian Knitting Techniques
Smorgasbord of Twined Knitting Techniques
Ryan Fox is a Signature member of the American Watercolor Society and a member of multiple state and regional art societies. He has won awards for his work in juried shows with The American Watercolor Society (AWS), the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, Missouri Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society (GWS) and Watercolor Society of North Carolina. His work has been featured in various art publications, including Watercolor Artist, and Art of Watercolour , and have been published in the Splash books series.
The Magic of Watercolor Pouring (TWO DAYS)
The Art of Watercolor Batik (TWO DAYS)
Toni Iacoboni’s teaching style is methodical and detailed. She shares time-saving tips and tricks, as well as demonstrating proper techniques so students develop good beading habits. Her classes are designed to build the students’ repertoire of foundational stitches and techniques, so they can use them to create intricate designs. Toni loves teaching beginner to intermediate students because she loves seeing their smiling faces and their pride in their work once they accomplish creating their beadwork.
Anytime Elegance Pendant and Necklace
Lisa Krupp-Dooley is a self-taught bead weaving artist. Her beading career started in 2016, when she started creating and developing her own patterns and entered her first necklace design into the Potomac Design Challenge. Since then her design "Ava's Planet Beaded Bead" has been published in Maggie Thompson's Interweave eBook in 2017. In 2020 Beadwork magazine published her "Pearly Peaks Bracelet" design. In 2020, Lisa’s “Pretty Paisley Necklace” made the cover of Beadwork’s first E-magazine issue of Quick + Easy. She also had Beadsmith (a wholesale bead company) use her design, Sawtooth Bracelet, as an exclusive project for bead stores. Lisa was chosen to be one of several Featured Designers for the TOHO Challenge 2023 event, a beading contest that receives worldwide exposure.
Kim is a self-taught beaded jewelry artist who is highly motivated by pretty colors and unusual objects. She loves experimenting with interesting textures, and she enjoys designing projects and making kits for sale through her company, Esther Beadwork. She teaches classes at shows and bead societies nationwide. Kim was a Starman Trendsetter for three years, and her work has been published in Beadwork and Bead & Button. When she isn’t beading, Kim enjoys mountain biking, skiing, hiking, and camping. She lives in Bend, Oregon, with her husband and a lazy cat.
Square Inch Charm School
Lelin's Garden Necklace
Buttoned Up Bracelet
Laurin McCracken is a realist painter, who works in watercolor. His approach to still life painting emulates that of the Dutch and Flemish still life painters of the 16th and 17th centuries. He’s a Signature Member of more than a dozen watercolor societies including the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. His paintings have won multiple awards and have been invited into exhibitions around the world. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Watercolor Museum, in Fabriano, Italy; The National Museum of China, in Beijing; The Museum of the University of Mississippi; and other institutions.
Nathalie Mornu is an accomplished maker, seasoned editor, and creative author of many books including Embroider Your Life (DK 2017). Nathalie’s sequin jewelry is the natural outcome of her passions for embroidery, jewelry, fashion, and costume. She tries to push the boundaries of what sequins can do, manipulating them, piling them high, and combining them for maximum texture. She leaves unadorned beading foundation around the focal elements to give them maximum visual impact. Nathalie lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Sue Neel is a seed bead artist, designer, and instructor with a passion for teaching stitching techniques. She loves helping beaders of all crafting levels find their creative voice. Her designs are mainly technique and component driven, which encourages understanding of bead stitches and offers maximum flexibility in design and pattern adaptations. Her fun and interactive classes are sure to get your creative brain ticking! Sue lives in Chandler, Arizona.BG44
Whirly-Gig! Structural Spiral Necklace
Czech, Please! Beadwoven Bracelet
Oh, Honey! Necklace and Earrings
Half Cellini Dahlia Necklace
Canadian artist Jean Pederson is the author of the books Expressive Portraits: Creative Methods for Painting People and Mixed Media Painting Workshop. She has been featured in Artists Magazine and Watercolor Artist, and has appeared in several of the Best of Watercolor/SPLASH series. She’s a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor and other organizations, and her work has been honored with numerous national and international awards over the years—including placement in the Royal Collection in Windsor, England. She was the first recipient of the Federation of Canadian Artists Early Achievement Award and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to the arts. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in London, Stockholm, San Francisco and New York City, as well as in venues in China, Mexico and across Canada. A popular instructor throughout North America, she has led workshops at colleges, professional organzations and symposiums, and has juried national and international exhibitions.
Adventures in Mixed-Media: Limitless Layering (TWO DAYS)
Building Blocks of Design (TWO DAYS)
Bobbi Pendell has been fascinated with making things all her life. She has been teaching fiber arts at yarn shops, universities, and festivals, and on cruise ships for more than 20 years. She owns Raven Frog Fibers, a yarn-manufacturing business she started accidentally while living in Alaska, and maintains a herd (flock? colony?) of angora rabbits that keep her in constant fiber. She has a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish and broadcast communications from DePauw University in Indiana, and M.A. work in Foreign Language Pedagogy from Brigham Young University in Utah.
Top Down Construction
Intro to Rigid Heddle Weaving
Gustavo Ramos is a Brazilian-American artist whose oil paintings have received national and international awards, including Royal Talens' “The Year of Rembrandt” Award, in 2022, which included a the display of his work at the Rijksmuseum. Gustavo has studied oil painting at Southern Virginia University and the Florence Academy of Art. His work has been featured in a number of art publications, including Artist's Magazine and Southwest Art , where he was included in their list of "21 Under 31: Young Artists to Buy Now." The artist recently stepped into the role of educator, teaching workshops at the Scottsdale Artists School, as well as serving as a guest lecturer in an online event hosted by Artists Network in 2022.
Painting the Portrait in Oil (TWO DAYS)
When realism meets impressionism in pastel, that's where the excitement begins for Massachusetts artist Lisa Regopoulos. First impressions of a scene, in real time, and the beauty of these moments are what she wants to capture in her art. That’s why plein air painting excites her most. Lisa has studied with some of the best artists working today in pastel, watercolor and oil. She has been working pastel for 20 years and began teaching classes nearly a decade ago, first offering small private lessons in her home, then weekly classes at the local arts center, and now workshops and demonstrations all over New England, as well as the occasional workshop in Italy and France.
Painting Birds in the Landscape with Soft Pastel (TWO DAYS)
Painting the Lyrical Landscape in Pastel
Chelsea Stone creates colorful, narrative jewelry infused with a pinch of humor. She is an enthusiastic instructor who incorporates her fine arts training into the classes she teaches in her studio, at Yavapai College, and on the road. Chelsea is an experienced artpreneur who spent two decades selling her Eye Candy Jewelry at art shows across the country and whose work has been sold in over 50 galleries nationwide. Chelsea lives north of Phoenix in Prescott, Arizona.
Metalsmithing Basics: The Four S’s Sawing, Soldering, Stamping, and Stone-Setting
Large and Light Metalsmithing: Stirrup Earrings
Teaching and knitting are passions for Harry Wells. In 2010, he retired as a university professor to pursue his passion for knitting professionally, including managing the Northcoast Knittery yarn shop (from 2010-2017) and teaching a myriad of classes at knitting conferences and fiber festivals on the regional and national circuit. His extensive experience in classroom presentation and course preparation makes for an organized and engaging learning experience, whether virtually or in person. He enjoys designing knitwear and accessories for men and women, with an aesthetic that emphasizes texture and linear flow. Check out his designs and knitting blog at www.goodforaboy.com. He is Knitteryninja on Ravelry, @harrywellsknits on Instagram, and Good for a Boy Knitting on Facebook.
Flipside Awesomeness: Reversible Cables
Versatility with Cast-Ons
Crisscrossing the Rainbow: Color Cables
Intro to Knitting Argyle
Colorwork the Easy Way!: Mosaic Knitting
Vertical Stripes With Knit One Below: Hat Project
Short Row Magic!
I'll Put a Hex on You! Hexagon Stitch and Other Knit One Below Textures
Finishing With a Bang!, Not a Whimper: Seaming Techniques