With a degree in Art History and further studies in painting at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Anna Corba has explored her creative muse in a variety of forms for the past thirty years. Her handmade product line, a collections of artful objects for the home, has been showcased in specialty boutiques across the country, as well as larger emporiums including Pottery Barn, Nordstroms and Anthropologie.
She is the author of five books on the art of crafting, including "Vintage Paper Crafts" (Sterling/Chapelle), and "Doodling in French" (Chronicle Books).
Creating a series of eclectic workshops has been a natural evolution, allowing Anna to share her love of mixed media and collage to an ever-growing audience. Anna teaches workshops in many locales, including Northern California, Southern France and the British New Forest.
Having recently relocated to the Triangle, she is thrilled to be presenting at Cocoon Gallery in Apex and looks forward to meeting you! All levels of experience are welcome and encouraged.
"These blank books are functional pieces of art that lend inspiration to artists, writers, and people alike by giving each individual a creative space to place ideas."
My designs emerge from my surroundings and I’m often using nature’s architecture, textures, and colors to develop patterns that are incorporated into designs. Always dabbling with new art forms and media, I bring a fresh approach to bookbinding via integration of techniques and methods across media. This experimentation often takes form as captivating designs along the spine and cover – making these journals unique in the world of books. While open spines are a trademark feature of Coptic stitching, my distinctive spine patterns are of my own creation, integrating my interest in math and science to vary the original form into a functional aesthetic piece.
Anne McLean is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Polymer and Color Chemistry and minor in Arts Entrepreneurship. Anne teaches bookbinding and jewelry techniques, and she works at Organic Dyes and Pigments as a Business Development Representative.
Felting is the process of compressing fibers into a non-woven fabric. Felt making is not a well known textile art. But, it is an ancient one that with its roots in the most practical creation of boots, hats, outer wear, saddle blankets, and shelter. Today, felt has become the base of wildly imaginative sculptural creations. Through studies with local, national and international feltmakers, and her own explorations of the medium, Cynthia has learned to create 2 & 3 dimensional artwork, as well as wearables including hats, scarves and purses.
She enjoys any opportunity to demonstrate or teach felting as she believes creating public awareness of the felting process and sharing the potential of this medium are ongoing opportunities. In an effort to share the world of felting to those outside of textiles, Cynthia has participated in cultural & visual arts boards and artist selection panels for municipal projects. Within the world of textiles, Cynthia belongs to local fiber guilds, and international felt making associations. Her work has won several awards and been juried into exhibitions throughout the triangle & the state. Most recently, Cynthia won an Honorable Mention for her piece "ALF Series: Sample 5" which was then purchased for the permanent collection of the Maria V Howard Arts Center Collection in Rocky Mount, NC. In the spring of 2017, Cynthia opened Cocoon Gallery in Apex, NC. providing the community with a local source for a variety of utilitarian creations.
Kathrine Cays is an artist poet born in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania. The rural setting of her childhood, the confines of her family life, along with her observations of social behavior in general informs her work. She works in a diverse set of mediums, including watercolor, acrylics, India ink, collage, book making and photography. She selects materials based on the focal point of a particular body of work.
As a non-traditional student, Kathrine earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in Studio Art and Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also studied Creative Writing with accomplished poets Al Maginnes and Betty Adcock. Cays often brings poetry to her visual art using poems, or provocative word phrasing.
Kathrine recognized, as an artist and poet that she considered her experiences, her interactions in the world with people, politics, the environment, and religion and how all this affected her inner self, and that the outcomes of these considerations alongside of creating a piece of artwork was self-healing as well as energizing. She discovered that along with creating cohesive bodies of artwork, that there was great value in cultivating that same experience for others by developing workshops around a pivotal piece of her work. Kathrine currently leads art-based workshops and that intersect creative writing and visual arts and poetry workshops as a personal narrative rooted in positive self-talk for each of her participants. The workshops are adaptive to all ages and abilities and focus on understanding, encouraging, and healing the human spirit.
Ms. Cays is currently a candidate for a master’s in art therapy and creative development program at Pratt Institute, she looks forward to continually learning and exploring the human experience byway of art and working with others.
Dawn is a Saori-certified weaver, residing in Chapel Hill, NC. She owns Saori Song Weaving Studio, and is a member of The Triangle Weavers Guild, North Carolina Basketmakers Assoc., Orange and Durham Arts Guilds, and a current member of Pleiades Gallery in Durham, NC and represented by Cocoon Gallery in Apex, NC
What does Saori Mean?
The “SA” of SAORI has the same meaning as the first syllable of the word “SAI” which is found in Zen vocabulary.
It means everything has its own individual dignity.
The “ORI” means weaving
Saori is a style of weaving, developed in Japan in 1968, by Miaso Jo. It is many things, it is one thing... it is about the process of creative simplicity in weaving.
Karen has been creating works in wool using traditional rug hooking methods for 40 years. Initially self taught, she went on to study with well-known artists throughout the U.S. and Canada. In 1996 she pursued and received her teaching certificate in 1998 from the National Guild of Pearl K. McGown Hookcrafters.
She is a member of the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists, and has held the offices of Treasurer and President of her local chapter, the Piedmont Rug Hookers in Central North Carolina. She is an active teacher, designing and teaching in her studio as well as at a variety of workshops.
Karen's pieces have been collected throughout the country. She is a juried member of the
Piedmont Craftsmen Guild based in Winston-Salem. Her work has also has been juried into and exhibited with the American Craft Council.
Karen has finished rugs that may be used on the floor and many that are pictoral and designed to be hung on the wall.
Fashion with an eye toward incorporating vintage materials and up-cycling fine fabrics and trims is the main focus of Katie Allen’s label, Lifted. Katie holds a degree in Theatrical Costuming from Shenandoah University and has long been creating sumptuous garments and accessories for the stage, film, and historic interpretation. In 2015 Katie focused her creativity to exclusively millinery and since then has been lovingly crafting fine bespoke pieces in her home studio. Katie began selling her creations on a commission basis in Wilmington, NC and has since expanded to online sales and an off the peg line. In addition Katie’s work can be seen at art galleries and artisan markets in Central & Eastern North Carolina. Now based out of Raleigh, NC, Katie is expanding her line of fine millinery to include casual styles as well.
Lynn Patton is a china painting artist who draws her inspiration and palette from the world around her and her imaginative world within.
Using porcelain as her canvas, Lynn combines old techniques of porcelain painting with innovations and naturalism. All facets of the art are a source to explore, especially in her illustrations of the animal kingdom and her whimsical portrayals of the tiny kingdom of Wee Valley.
Lynn was a featured artist on Maryland Public TV’s show “Artworks” and has had several articles published in The Porcelain Artist, The China Decorator, and The British Porcelain Artist. Among awards Lynn Patton has won First Place and Best of Show in several juried shows in Maryland and Virginia, NC.State Fair, and regional shows sponsored by(WOCP) World Organization of China Painters and (IPAT) International Porcelain Artists and Teachers . Currently she is represented by The Cary Gallery of Artists & Cocoon Gallery in Apex. She has an annual show and sale in Baltimore, MD. Also, Lynn holds weekly classes in her studio in Raleigh and gives occasional seminars in and out of state.