We love working with crafters and artists who think outside the box or rip that box a new one. We love diversity, snark, fun, and flavorful variety. Here are our “Alchemists With Attitudes” for 2015…..and beyond!
Peg Hewitt – I have been scrapbooking (modern-style) since Jan. 2001 and have a passion for grunge and mess. My style varies from plain and simple/graphic to elaborately embellished and everything in between. I don’t pre-plan my pages and rarely know what my finished page will look like when I start. I love to play with techniques and often sew, paint, ink and mist on my pages. I have a dedicated scrap-room in our big shed and love to spend time there as much as possible.
Marilyn Hughes – I gravitate toward lace, ephemera, embellishments, general junktique , and basically anything vintage. While I love anything altered (& will alter anything), ATCs, Tags, and Inchies are my forte. Creating is done while drinking gallons of coffee (love that caffeine), listening to country music, and doing impromptu dancing in my studio. Give me a stack of paper, a pile of assorted embellishments & ephemera, a UHU stick & scissors, tune the radio to Kenny Chesney or Pistol Annies, and I’m one happy lady! YEEHAW!
Lisa Oxley – I’m a mother to 2 teenage girls and my real gig is as a cook in aged care. I have always created arty things, since I was a child. I fell into scrapbooking about 10 yrs ago and have been passionate about it, mixed media and art journaling ever since. It’s all about colour for me, so I instinctively make it bright bold and beautiful. I try to create fun pieces that make me happy and express my passion for those I create pieces for, and about.
Jenn “Scraps” Vanderbeek – I am a multi-passionate blogger and artist who believes in the power of creativity, cocktails, (parenthetical references) and having a good laugh (generally at my own expense). A creative dilettante (in the best possible sense of the word) and diy-er for life, I flit between 2-D, mixed media, and fiber arts, cycling through as needed to keep the inspiration fresh, the ideas clicking along, and avoid the dreaded creative block! Most of all, I enjoy learning about new-to-me techniques, art-related or not, and applying them in new ways. I create from my home studio, aka The Abyss, now in it’s 4th location in the back parlor of a Victorian home.
Rachel Whetzel – I specialize in creativity and mixed media art through thrifting, up-cycling, re-purposing and new design. I am the owner of A Year in the Life of an Art Journal and Monday Mugshots! I am: Thrift junkie. Free Spirit. Believer. Artist. Photographer. Mom to boys. Rust Lover. Worm Farmer. Blogger. Creative Soul. Rule Bender. Spider Saver. Coffee Drinker. Cream Lover. Chook Farmer. Goat Milker. Sailor Mouth. Music Listener. Phone Talker. Garden Grower. Beek. Mess Maker. Risk Taker. Chewy Mom. Gritty Gramma. Good Intender.
Lara Wineman – I am an avid fan of all things mixed media and especially art journaling. What really floats my boat is working with grungy textures and layers and getting that giddy feeling when I create something I’ve never seen before. Doesn’t happen often, but when it does, I do my happy dance. I love me all sorts of acrylic paints, gel mediums, mists, lace, buttons, rusted found objects and duct tape, however this list is ever revolving. I also am passionate about taking photos using the Hipstamatic app. I have two fur babies I am madly in love with and work with a clean water charity I helped start 11 years ago, africanwellfund.org. My mottos in life are “Dream out loud, at high volume!” and “Fear mediocrity”. So…let’s get dirty y’all!
Kristie Taylor- Hi my name is Kristie and I am all about that Gauche! I have been a big fan of Gauche Alchemy for many, many years and have even been featured in the newsletter and on the blog a few times (many, many moons ago)! I am so excited to be joining the GA team and can’t wait to get started! I cant wait to show you my snarky side of Gauche.
Monica Downing- I’m a California native of 40 years, relocated to the Northwest corner of Arkansas after spending 5-1/2 years in Virginia. I am married to an awesome man who supports all of my ambitions and the crazy artsy endeavors I take on. I have 2 beautiful kids, ages 24 and 21, and 2 miniature red doxies. My family and friends are everything to me. Art. What can I say? It’s my passion, my love, my sanity. I work full time by day, and spend as much time as possible in my art studio when I am home. I love mixed media art and the freedom it gives me to combine an endless possibility of mediums on just about any surface. I am all about paints, mists, inks, fabric, paper, texture and just about any surface I can find to put them on.
Dana Tatar: I am a stay-at-home mom who likes to play with paper and scissors. I was a biochemist before I decided to stay home full-time with my daughters and my analytical mind is always present when I’m crafting. I really enjoy playing with wet media; mixing things together, heating and drying things out and trying to find creative uses for products. I love to mix products of different materials on my projects and I frequently find inspiration in music, poetry and pop culture. When I’m not scrapping, I enjoy cooking and baking, reading, listening to music and spending time outdoors with my family.