I like the playful nature of making art. I believe that the process can lead to healing, and is a powerful tool for transformative learning about oneself.
My artistic work is varied. My experience in metalworking is rich, though I spend much of my time exploring new media. In my studio today, I’m completely absorbed in the beauty of letterforms, and have taken to practicing modern calligraphy.
My more formal art making began with a metalworking class in college. I continued my study of jewelry design in New York City, where I founded my jewelry business, colleencatherine. After a time in the bustle, I turned to pursue a Masters in Early Childhood Education in Portland, OR. I packed up my car and drove out west.
I find that my interest in art creation mirrors a desire to teach others my learned skill. I’ve instructed metalworking, clay building, youth arts, movement, and multi-media workshops locally and abroad. While obtaining my Masters (MAT), I kickstarted The Bicycling Seamstress, a small business providing embroidery & hand sewing lessons to youth. With my Masters, I taught in a variety of public & private schools in Portland, including the Opal School, KairosPDX Learning Academy, Catlin Gabel School, and Childswork Learning Center. I remain active in early childhood education by helping families integrate space for children’s play within their home environment.