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Kristina Penhoet A&M1

Kristina Penhoet creates abstract and expressionist sculpture using traditional and modern felt-making techniques.  Her work takes cues from living organisms, landscapes and architecture; seeking to find beauty in the strange and ugly and pursuing themes of connection, mutation and diversity. Her use of wool as a tactile, natural material is consistent with her themes and the organic properties of her work.

After earning a degree in biology, Kristina attended Otis College of Art and Design concentrating on sculpture and environmental design, eventually pursuing a degree and career in architecture. When she became disenchanted with restrictive creative process of architectural design, she rekindled her love of making and discovered fiber as a medium.

Originally from the West Coast, Kristina currently resides in Washington, DC with her family and a naughty dog that wants to be good.

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Bahia Akerele – On the Purple Couch A&M1

Reuse, Renew and Conserve is at the heart and soul of On the Purple Couch and its owner Bahia. We are a space for you to create  and transform your home.  Our space, the colors and the displays are all presented with the notion that we might create a space that transcends the every day and gives our guest a chance to come in and take a deep breath and be transformed if only for a time. 

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Nur Sagmanligil A&M2

I am a Jeweler and Metalsmith. Although I worked in a different field before, arts and crafts have always been an important part of my life. Over the course of my life I created objects using different media. I have worked with fiber, paper, glass and found objects. After taking classes in flower making, crafts and needle work, finally, I found myself in a metalsmithing class. On the first day of class, I was fascinated with the idea that I can incorporate my techniques with metalsmithing.

My inspiration for art is life. With each piece, it seems I start with one thing and end up with something else; like life, it is unpredictable and full of surprises. When I see my finished work, it’s like seeing a newborn baby. A new life is waiting for it; I do not know who will use it, or how they will use it. My hope is that other people feel the same connection to my work as I have.

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RockShark Apparel A&M2

We are a full service boutique print shop, located at Artists & Makers Studios 2 in Rockville. We assist you through the entire design and production process. Not only will you know exactly what is going on with your order, our expert designers will make sure your vision is preserved. RockShark Apparel gives limitless possibilities to your shirts, athletic apparel, glassware, and much more! We’ve worked with a variety of industries from large corporate clients to local sports teams. No job is too small for us!

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Alex May A&M1

My passion for crochet stemmed from a birthday present my mother gave to me in 2014: a handmade, stuffed, crochet octopus. Something about the design of the cute creature caught my interest, and when I found the book that my mother had gotten the crochet pattern from, I was hooked!

Since then, I have started and (mostly) finished dozens and dozens of crochet projects, from wearable accessories to stuffed animals. I never intended to get into the field of fiber arts, but I found myself falling in love with it and want to continue experimenting with various patterns, materials, and creations.

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Kathy Moore Wilson A&M1

I love to draw more than just about anything, and I draw and paint nearly every day.  I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil, but it took me years before I considered doing it full time.  In my upbringing and education, it was more of a pastime or hobby, but not a stable profession.  I started my professional career as a cartographer.  It took a long time to evolve from cartographer, to fine artist and illustrator, graphic designer, and then animator.  But the artist in me would not be contained and found a way out.

I started out by drawing maps, using traditional tools such as pen & ink. I later moved on to coloredKathy Wilson smiling_elephant 6x9 72 dpi pencils and paint.  I found I had a special love for drawing portraits of children and animals.  These are the subjects I draw and paint the most.

Over the years I began to learn to use a camera, and software such as Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter to create drawings and paintings.  I then learned Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere to create animations and videos to make my drawings move.  This eventually led to my going back to school and earning a Master’s Degree in Motion Media Design.

I have been greatly influenced by children’s book illustrators, particularly when the illustrations are rendered in pen and ink, or black and white pencil.

Chris Van Allsburg, Brian Selznick, and Brett Helquist are three of my favorite illustrators.

The painters who have influenced me are too numerous to list.  I will always love all of the French Impressionists, but Mary Cassatt will always be my favorite.  I love how she took simple domestic scenes and managed to show the wonder and contentment in the everyday.

I love Andrew Wyeth for his emotional, limited palette watercolors, and the illustrator and painter Alan Lee for his pencil, pen & ink, and watercolor forest imagery.  I am also inspired by Edward Hopper for his use of color and light and for also for his ability to capture emotion and to tell a story with everyday scenes.

There are many animators who I admire: Brad Bird, John Lasseter, Glen Keane, Chuck Jones, Joanna Quinn, Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas.  Their stories are flooded with emotion and feeling, and their characters are very real to us.  These fine directors, producers and artists all motivated me to first dip my toe in the world of animation and video, as well as simply inspiring me to be a better artist.

It is important that to me that I express emotion and tell stories and teach with my art.  If I can get an emotional response, then I feel that the art I have created has fulfilled its purpose.

Creating art brings me joy.

Boris Lermontov: Why do you want to dance? [Vicky thinks for a short while]
Victoria Page: Why do you want to live? [Lermontov is surprised at the answer]
Boris Lermontov: Well I don’t know exactly why, er, but I must.
Victoria Page: That’s my answer too.
—From “The Red Shoes”

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