Hello! My name is Makenzie Weston and I am a mixed media artist that specializes in coffee paintings.
In 2017 I graduated with a Bachelor or Arts Degree in animation. After graduating I spent several months looking for a job in the Seattle area, with only snagging a few job interviews. It was not till 9 months later that I found a job in Bellingham. I started working there in the Spring of 2018. I was previewing digital artwork before it got printed. I was hoping to spend some time with this company and eventually move to the art department except in the middle of Summer it was announced that the entire art department was being outsourced to India. This was a big disappointment and a larger slap in the face. At this point I decided I needed to switch gears.
This last Summer I started painting with coffee. One day I just decided I should try it. There is not a special story on how I came about painting with coffee (which is the most common question I get) just one afternoon I made some coffee, grabbed a paint brush and got to work. I have not stopped painting with it since then. I was painting and posting to my Instagram everyday and one day I was featured on a big Pacific Northwest Instagram page and gained a ton of new followers and people were actually buying my work! Like for real!
2018 was the most fulfilling year I have had in my art career. I have done a few art shows and I plan to continue those in the new year and I also did an art residency up in the mountains! I have big hopes for FERNS & KELP in 2019 and I am excited to see what it brings me.
Hi, I'm Christina "Lime" Sparkes, a self-taught wire artist based in Bellingham, Washington where I live with my husband and two sons. We enjoy hiking and adventuring and a little skateboarding as well if the weather allows. Inspired by the beauty of my PNW home, I use natural polished stones and gems hand woven in copper and silver wire to create unique wire jewelry and art.
I've dabbled in various art forms since I was a child, from drawing and painting to pottery and nature photography. Combining an afternoon of boredom, creativity, and a roll of leftover floral wire from a DIY button bouquet, I quickly discovered a love of wire art while twisting a little tree sculpture. A few years and many lessons learned, I have focused most of my creative energy into expanding my career as a wire artist.
Specializing in free form and custom design work, I've created many one of a kind pieces, most notably a set of crowns and jewelry for a Viking inspired photo shoot in Spring 2018. I am currently collaborating on a second collection for 2019. Stay tuned for updates!
My name is Eugenia and I am a creator. I create art and adornments, sacred experiences, botanical tonics and skin care potions, herbal tea formulations, opportunities for self-empowerment through education and adventures for conscious exploration. While I wear many hats, my purpose is to offer practical tools for improving day to day health and well being. Whether through sharing the ancient techniques of yoga and meditation or by working with plant allies creating home remedies, it is my honor to infuse my work with healing energy and positive intention.
I offer here, through the beauty of the FERNS & KELP platform, a synergy of two ancient crafts dear to my heart ~ herbalism and gemstone magick. Inspired by the intensity and expansiveness of the natural environment in the Pacific Northwest region, from the Redwood forests of Humboldt County through the rainforests of coastal Washington and everything in between, I have formulated four unique sets of botanical salves & gemstone meditation bracelets dedicated to each of the elements - Fire, Water, Earth, & Air. My botanical salves are made with quality organic and non-GMO oils inspired by the energies, smells, tastes, and sensations of the forests, mountains, valleys, and water features of this magical part of the world. My meditation mala-style bracelets are mindfully crafted with polished 8mm round gemstones chosen in correlation to each element. A mantra and affirmation card accompanies each set to serve as a gentle reminder that self-care is a sacred ritual and that by adorning ourselves and nourishing our bodies with consciously crafted tools for healing we help to align mind body and spirit so as to truly thrive in our human experience.
I adore knitting and crocheting hats and other items to keep everyone warm. My favorite style of hat to wear is a slouchy cabled beret, as seen here. I also enjoy making and re-designing the good old beanie and toboggan. They are classic styles for a reason.
The gloves and mittens of various kinds are also a type of knitting I enjoy, since I’m working them up with a technique called “two at a time magic loop”. This style of knitting starts with a crazy long circular needle (a pair of knitting needles with a wire going between), and ends with me having a full pair made. This way I get to avoid the dreaded “second item syndrome”. Most of my scarves are also created using this method, because why make one when you can make two in almost the same amount of time.
I like to work with yarns that I can find at thrift stores and yard sales as this keeps perfectly good yarn out of landfills. This can make for some detective work though, as labels are not always provided. That’s when I set it on fire! Really. You can tell a lot about a yarn by how it burns.
Inspiration comes to me as I’m enjoying the great outdoors here in the PNW. Sometimes when walking in the woods I feel as if I could breath in the colors, it’s so gorgeous. There are so many trails to hike and sights to see that I’ve learned to knit and walk at the same time. I don’t do either very quickly, but I like to keep my hands busy. I’ll give you a friendly nod if we pass each other on the path. One of these days my husband and I hope to get our cat Smokey out on hikes too. He’s adventurous, but lazy.
The scent of trees, grass or salty air... The colors of the sky, the water, the mountains... The flora and the fauna... These are the things that excite my senses and fuel my creativity.
Since I was a tiny tot, I’ve always had a unique way of looking at the world, because of my Mom. I remember her showing me how to use different colors of dirt to make beautiful mud pies, finding the beauty in all the different shades and textures of the soil and how the leaves and moss were the perfect embellishments. I’m certain that solidified my love for the PNW and being creative.
Growing up with art and 13 years of dance classes, I kept the creativity flowing as an adult. I would tip toe into my son’s room at night and paint murals on his window while he slept. I painted intricate windows during the holidays, and did my fair share of craft shows with all the things I created at night, while my kids were young.
After owning my own craft store and paint-your-own pottery shop, I was ready to spend my days doing art full time. I became a co-op owner of an amazing gallery on the Oregon coast. I was creating as fast as I could for several years, to keep up with sales. It was very exciting and fulfilling until it wasn’t. I was getting burned out. I was doing a lot work for the business, serving on committees, and helping to found an art alliance in my town. It was hard for me to keep the administration brain and the creative brain happy at the same time and my creativity suffered.
After a big move from Oregon to Washington, I took two full years off of creating and volunteering. I recovered from the loss of my Mom and as I contemplated the best way to honor her, my need for creating cane back. As I wondered how to mesh my creativity with my amazing new home of Bellingham WA, I heard of FERNS & KELP. Everything was falling into place, as it should be. My passion for creating and and jewelry has a place to grow and be shared with other artists and the community.
Hi, I’m Sarah. I was born in Bellingham, WA and raised in a small town in south Louisiana. I grew up down a dirt path from my grandmother, the women who first sparked my interest in art. She was an artist herself, and nurtured my passion from an early age.
I’ve since moved back to the northwest and have been here for almost 15 years now. I’m a young mother of two children, two dogs, and a cat and I’m married to my lovingly supportive husband.
When I’m not in the studio working on designs, you can find me reading, hanging out with my family, or in the garden. A lot of what inspires my work is my love for folk art, my mixed heritage, and my draw to rich colors and textures.