Your Instructors

Beth Berman

From the minute we are born until the day we die, we are wrapped in fabric. We have an intimate relationship with fiber. It is our comfort, our protection and in it we present ourselves to the world.
I was always interested in art but was discouraged from pursuing it as a major in college because my parents told me, “You can’t support yourself with art”. I minored in art and learned how to use many mediums for self-expression including pottery, acrylics, pen and ink, jewelry making, photography and sculpture.

What drives me creatively is color and texture. I love fibers for their texture: soft, coarse, thick, and open weave. I love colors because they elicit such strong feelings in me. I find excitement in unexpected outcomes, the serendipity in creation, and my muse in surface design. I get inspiration from the coast of Maine and daily contact with the world around me. I enjoy creating art and LOVE teaching classes in surface design. I have been in the New England Quilt Museum, juried and regional shows and have pieces in private collections, in the U.S. and Europe. I live in Searsport, Maine.

Marcella Christensen

Making art is about learning new and different techniques, and then combining those talents to create something. I enjoy making things, and the design challenges that each process brings. 

Whether I’m creating a surface designed paper, assembling a handmade book, or sketching a design for printmaking, I am inspired to draw upon the multiple skills that I have acquired.

My intention is to create designs that are visually pleasing and reflect a sense of balance, harmony and intuitive use of the process. Meaning comes from my desire to produce beautiful things and to learn how that satisfies my need to create.

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