To create her fiber works, Tara Kennedy spreads out in several places. Depending on the task, Kennedy works in her small studio, other rooms in her home, and at her parents’ house. For stitching, she sits in a comfortable chair, while for technical and on-screen work, she goes to a different room where her work isn’t surrounding her and in her way. In her parents’ house, which was once her childhood home and housed her and husband’s knitting business, she uses a knitting machine. “The space I work in is very important,” says Kennedy. “It needs to feel right depending on what sort of work I’m doing.”
Christina Massey is a Brooklyn-based abstract and mixed-media artist whose work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions in the United States. Massey, who was born in 1979, is passionate about the preservation of our environment and our relationship with nature. She is also committed to addressing the equality of women’s rights and giving voice to lingering gender stereotypes. She holds a BFA from California State University in Chico. See her work featured in WTP Vol. VIII #5.
Nikola Olic is a Serbian photographer living and working in Dallas, Texas, who focuses on architectural photography and abstract structural quotes that reimagine their subjects in dimensionless and disorienting ways. His photography has appeared in various galleries, art events, museums, magazines, newspapers, spaces, and websites around the world, including Wired.com, BBC News, The Guardian, Yahoo.com, Dwell.com, Gizmodo, ArchDaily, The Statler Hotel, LensCulture, Fubiz, The Dallas Observer, and MADI Museum of Geometric Art. He graduated from the University of Texas with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering and Computer Science. His work appears in Vol. VIII #4.
Eight years ago, painter Frances Ferdinands changed her life dramatically. She left her studio in an artists’ colony in downtown Toronto to set up shop in a cottage on three acres of land an hour’s drive away. There, Ferdinands could devote herself full-time to her art. No longer did she need to teach three days a week to support living in the city. She named the studio Studio Vimy Fine Art for its location on Vimy Ridge Road. “I wanted to move to something quite opposite of downtown living so most of our neighbors are farmers or hobby farmers,” she says.
Marsha Balian is a self-taught mixed media artist living in the Bay Area. She incorporates found objects and invention in her work and frequently uses intense colors. Stories she hears from people find their way into her art. Her artwork has been shown throughout the Bay Area and in many parts of the country. It has also been seen in The Permanente Journal, American Art Collector, Studio Visit, Gathering Clouds, Scrubs Magazine, and West Marin Review. Balian is represented by the GearBox Gallery in Oakland, California. She formerly worked as a health care provider. See her work featured in The Woven Tale Press Vol. VIII #2.