Meet Our Artists
Kendle was born and raised in Springfield MO, and attended college at Missouri State University. She graduated with her BFA in Ceramics and Drawing in 2011, and has been working towards making a living from her work ever since. She does several craft shows a year, as well as teach classes for kids and adults.
Her work focuses on her sense of humor; she enjoys the process of throwing, but has to add something else to keep it interesting. Some pieces have elaborate back stories (in her head), some are just amusing to her at the time.
Katherine Ladendorf weaves fabric to wear and use every day. She works mostly in cotton, although she finds rayon chenille and silk irresistible as well. All of Katherine’s fabrics are hand-woven, with a focus on fine detail and texture.
“I have always been obsessed with fabric. I can remember studying window screens when I was about 4 years old, fascinated. I wanted to weave every fabric I saw. I still do, and I attempt it on a couple of foot-powered looms in my tiny textile factory called Metro Weaving.”
Michelle is a self-taught artist who, as an adult, picked up a paint brush for the first time hoping to find a creative outlet, then never looked back. Painting has become a passion; something she cannot imagine going without as part of her existence. For Michelle, the process of creatively expressing her ideas through her artwork is an invaluable way she connects to and understands herself and the world around her. Her goal as an artist is to explore and express the many attributes of her own self through the images she creates, and to use her work as a platform to show how creativity connects to mental health. Michelle sells her work online and in local venues in and around Springfield, Missouri, where she works as a counselor and lives with her husband Jeff and son Elias. She is also a writer and performer for Jeff's local late night talk show, The Mystery Hour, and is the co-founder of a mental health collective called The Bravery Board. You can find more information about her artwork on her website, www.michellehoughton.com ,or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicole Chilton is an artist and writer in Springfield, MO. Inspired by people, the environment, and pop culture, Chilton creates whimsical and layered abstracts that represent the world around her. She is the co-founder of Moxie Cinema, and currently organizes the Queen City Art Swap, a community group that supports local artists of all skill levels.
Union Studio features a thoughtful, classic collection of St. Louis artists’ hand-crafted goods and fine art. Our welcoming shop provides an opportunity for the St. Louis community to connect with local makers' high-quality work. Union Studio also serves as a workspace for artist and owner, Mary Beth Bussen. Here, Mary Beth designs and creates textile pieces. Blending beauty and utility, Bussen uses quality materials, often incorporating original designs by other artists.
Angela Malchionno of Enamel is a maker who loves texture, color, and simplicity. Her studio produces limited edition goods for your home, specializing in handmade corded works and macramé.
Lil Olive has been painting ever since 1991 when she wanted to stay home after her third child was born. She is passionate about art and ran a gallery in Springfield for several years. Now she is happy to devote all her time to her own art, painting full time.
Lil is inspired by the beautiful mysteries of nature, and poetry of life.
Crystal Moody is a former art and math teacher. In December of 2013, she was inspired by her 4 year-old daughter's huge pile of artwork. She challenged herself to build her own creative habits by doing one little, creative thing each day. In 2014 she made a drawing every day, often photographing it with her breakfast. In 2015, she painted each day. This year she’s added collage to the mix. For more, visit information visit crystalmoody.com.
Emily Bridges of Juniper Jo is a former behavioral therapist/caregiver turned stay at home mom-trepeneur, spending late nights and nap times in my home studio where she designs, cuts, pins, and sews. Her two toddlers are her inspiration for all things creative; she tries to be innovative while still being practical because her girls won't wear anything they can't play in. Cool but fun, classic with a little edge, and most importantly toddler approved.
Brooke Spare is a mixed media artist, printmaker, and greeting card designer. After graduating from Kansas State University in 2014 with a degree in painting, she dove headfirst into the greeting card world. Her cards uniquely double as displayable art pieces in addition to their stationary nature, as Brooke actively strives to find a balance between fine art and kitschy quirkiness in her work. Brooke currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska, with her husband, daughter, and two pet chickens.
A born rock-hound, Jen loves to work with and hunt for rocks and minerals. In 2011 Jen teamed up with a couple of locals and began teaching lapidary arts for the school of rock shop in Springfield, MO. In 2012 Jen branched off on her own and started Jen’s Fairy Patch as a self-taught silversmith and jeweler specializing in rings, earrings, and pendants. Every piece is a custom handmade original. Jen hand files all the silver herself. Jen loves working with her hands and making one of a kind creations of all sizes and shapes. If there is a certain stone you are looking for, Jen can find it and transform it.
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