We love discovering talented crazy people and putting them to work! We call them “Alchemists” because they don’t just design or make projects. They’re here to create, share and yes, sometimes even vent.
Linda Brun – Hi. I live in Norway and I’m always on the look out for a new technique or product to try out. I love to play with textures and mediums and I tend to use bright colours. I’m creative 24/7 in some way or another and I savor every moment of it. One of my favorite things to do is to teach mix-media techniques and attend crops to meet other creative people. My goal is to inspire and to be inspired every day.
Deb Godley – My name is Deb,and I am a ridiculously short, , Mummy to a 15 year old and an 11 year old, wife, and a loud and boisterous arty type. I am also Mummy to a black pug named Gypsy. I have made art since..well…forever, but my favourite thing to play with is paint and paper, and I am a firm believer in the art journal as a daily ritual.
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.
Pam Palmarini – I am Pam–artist, crafter, 13-year high school art educator, wife, mother, sister, friend, home-maker, and jack-of-all-trades. I love to play with materials, try techniques of all kinds, and be as messy as possible when I create! In my experience, art and all creative pursuits are supposed to make you think and demand that you step outside of your comfort zone. Teaching and sharing what I have learned, as well as being a life-long learner are traits that have made me a better problem solver. And, solving “artful” problems really makes me feel ALIVE!
Sandi Taloumis – My first thought, when asked to join the team, was ‘pinch me’…..are you kidding me….YES, I want to join this team of Alchemists, yes I want to indulge myself in all the fabulous ‘out of the box’ one of a kind stuff that I can only find here, and yes, this is the spot where I can express my creative style which ranges from simple to complex, silly to something with a vintage flair, tads of this and that with the love of color, upcycling and sometimes just plain old messy! Yup, that’s me in a nut shell and I invite you to join me with any one of our kits or simply go crazy in our shop with the heaps of embellies and supplies that we have available…..let’s have fun!
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), my creative methods of choice these days lean towards collage, comics and considering the possibilities of the cases of empty wine bottles I’ve collected. My home studio is called The Abyss, I have a thing for monkeys, and I can’t wait to slap some paint on canvas very soon.
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.
Lori Wilbanks – I started as a scrapbooker in my twenties and my style has changed through the years. Once I was introduced to mixed media and art journaling, and felt the joy of having paint covered fingers, I never looked back. I love learning new techniques and every t-shirt I own has paint on it. I like throwing paint and glue and paper on art journal pages, canvases, and pretty much anything else I can get my hands on. It’s all about the mess, I say. I am so very stoked to be joining this crazy talented team and hoping to learn from each of them…and you! Let’s get messy!
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!