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Artisan Collections

An award winning collection showcasing American artists working in a variety of mediums and translating their work into wall coverings

Amy Genser

Amy Genser plays with paper and paint to explore her fascination and obsession with texture, pattern, and color. Evocative of natural forms and organic processes, her work is both irregular and ordered. She constructs her pieces by layering, cutting, rolling, and combining paper. Amy uses paper as pigment.

The sources of her work are from the natural world. She is fascinated by the ow of water, the organization of beehives, and the organic irregularity of plants, owers, rock formations, barnacles, moss, seaweed, aerial views of our landscape, satellite imagery, and biological cellular processes.Amy's work has been published in several books and publications on paper art. Her work is included in private and public collections.

http://www.amygenser.com

Voted a Design Milk favorite - West Edge Design Fair

Chris Maynard

Chris Maynard has worked with feathers since he was twelve. His unique feather shadowboxes are recognized by art collectors, bird lovers, and a wide and interesting variety of people from around the world. His favorite tools are the tiny eye surgery scissors, forceps, and magnifying glasses passed down through his family.

Maynard combines his strong backgrounds in biology and ecology into not only his art, but also a tabletop book. He is a member of Artists for Conservation.

“My work with feathers gives me a satisfying perch from which to view the world.”

https://www.featherfolio.com

Marissa Recker

Marissa Recker loves to create abstract fluid art. Evoking an energy and calmness at the same time, all of her pieces achieve a perfect harmony through the use of brilliantly colored inks and Marissa’s methodical process.

Marissa hails from from Rochester, MN but now lives in Madison, WI.

“I create to express myself and explore. My hope is that through viewing and interacting with my art you may feel that as well.”

https://www.astuaryart.com

Brenda Houston

Brenda Houston is an acclaimed American designer working with organic materials. After twenty plus years in store design for a number of luxury retailers, Houston launched her company in 2008 using large scale minerals in her furnishings.

Houston is widely credited for introducing the first Mineral wall coverings onto the market in 2012 using digital images from her personal stone collections. Houston continued to expand the collections and in 2021 formed Wallcovetings, concentrating on organic themes using sustainable materials. The collections have been credited with a number of awards including Best in Show by Paper City Magazine, Favorite Wall Coverings by Design Milk and Editors Choice at ICFF.

https://www.brendahouston.com

Katrina Doran

Katrina Doran fell in love with making mosaics when her high school teacher brought tesserae to class. The pieces called to Katrina to t them together and produce something beautiful. She loved the process. Then Katrina grouted the piece and love turned to hate.

Eventually Katrina threw the piece away. Her father took the mosaic out of the trash and gave it back to her. Katrina threw the piece away again and her father retrieved it again. After a few more rounds of this it dawned on her that she was not listening to her story. “I am so grateful to my father for knowing this was a signi cant part of who I am.”

“I absolutely love seeing how a mixture of objects, thoughts and collaborations come together as my expression of the world. These expressions bring me joy and delight those who are drawn to my work.”

http://www.WorldofDoranStudio.com

Clare Minella

PERSONAL

Born in New York, New York
Currently residing and working in Dallas, Texas

EDUCATION
University of North Texas, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Living and traveling throughout Europe, Asia Minor and North Africa inspired an early love for art and the many ways it is expressed in different cultures.  This collage of modern and ancient civilizations created lasting impressions of images and colors that imbue my work today.

After a  career in the interior design business that included designing furniture; painting textiles and wallcoverings; producing a line of custom hardware and creating a line of bespoke pillows, it was a natural seque to my mixed media work on canvas and paper.

Texture is a major element of my work.  By applying paint with packing materials and tools, and in the use of recycled paper and fabric elements, a tactile, three- dimensional quality is achieved.  In manipulating these materials, light, shadows and textures become an integral part of the compositions. Neutral color palettes in matte and metallic paints provide contrasts and free form stitched fabrics add to the collage quality. 

Recycling and climate awarness are continuing themes in my work.  Most of the embellishments are found objects and leftover bits and pieces.  As a big fan of a morning cup of tea, I'm also incorporating tea bags into my work.  The floral elements are composed of discarded egg cartons, many donated by friends and neighbors.  They are presented in white or black to reflect the damage to crops and coral reefs from global warming. My new series, New York is Drowning, calls attention to the future of NYC when many areas will be under water.  I approach all of this in a subtle way by addressing ugly issues with beauty.

The Artisan Collections - Brenda Houston - Woodlands

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The Artisan Collections - Brenda Houston - Curry

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The Artisan Collections - Brenda Houston - Waterways

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The Artisan Collections - Brenda Houston - Radiant

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The Artisan Collections - Brenda Houston - Kaleidoscope

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The Artisan Collections - Brenda Houston - Indian Nights

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The Artisan Collections - Brenda Houston - Iridesence

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The Artisan Collections - Brenda Houston - Celestial

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