I’m Sarah Stevenson and I’m here to help you embrace, nurture, and expand your creativity through creative events, mixed media artwork, and photography. I’m fascinated by the ways that art, design, architecture, photography, and other creative disciplines relate to each other, and I love sharing my passion for design with other creative women.
I’ve spent most of my professional life as an interior designer, working in Chicago for big corporate clients. Transitioning into a leadership role came with long hours, more stress, and less time for my own creative work, which ultimately depleted my creative energy. I began to feel dissatisfied with how I was spending my time and missed being part of the creative process that I love so much. I decided to take some of the skills that I learned in that world, like managing large-scale projects and attention to detail, and forge a new career path for myself.
Now I design and facilitate small, intimate events that bring together creative women to connect and collaborate, like the Create Explore Discover Art Retreat I started in 2011. My goal with any event I create is to provide a warm, welcoming, non-judging environment where women can feel safe to explore and share their creative voice. I take pride in building and being part of these communities of creative women who are there to support and encourage each other long after the event itself.
If I can do it, so can you.
When I create these hands-on art workshops, I’m not just there to facilitate. I’m also part of the group, learning, sharing, and working as an artist alongside you. I’m a photographer and mixed media artist, and I sell some of my work in my online shop.
When I strive to help you carve out space in your busy day for creative exploration, I do this from a place of understanding. I know how hard it is to make time for yourself and make your creativity a priority in the “always on, always connected” world that we live in. Sign up for my weekly newsletter for bite-sized creative exercises that you can do over your lunch break.
Although I spend much of my time bringing creative women from all over the world together, I’m also involved in giving back to my local community. I focus a lot of my volunteer efforts on causes and programs for education and children. I’ve sponsored, contributed funds or artwork, or helped raise funds for local elementary schools, and most recently photography for The Art Inside Me.
Thank you for visiting! Email me if you have any questions or opportunities you’d like to discuss.
Mati Rose McDonough is an Oakland, CA -based artist, illustrator and author of “Daring Adventures in Paint”. Mati decided to go back to art school at almost 30 and pursue illustration wholeheartedly. Since then, Mati has painted approximately 852 paintings and is still excited and terrified every time she sees a blank canvas. She has had dozens of art shows, taught painting classes internationally and had her art and illustrations used for tees for Patagonia, mystery gameboards, giant billboards for Pier 1, as well as greeting cards, children's books, her painting book and her very own home decor line. Through her workshops, book, and popular online course, she spreads a warm message of creative courage: it's never too late to show the world your magic. Discover more at www.matirose.com. Mati is teaching Daring Adventures in Paint at this year's retreat. Daring Adventures In Paint will be a fun exploration of paint and collage! We’ll explore easy ways to layer paint, play with lush color, make daring choices and learn to trust your own voice in the process. Drawing from my painting book by the same title, we will experiment with building beautiful backgrounds, adding collage and transferring our sketches. You can take 1 or 2 classes or all 3. No experience with painting is necessary just the ability to explore and be curious! Photo Courtesy of Leslie Sophia Lindell.
Anne B Weil is the voice and creative mind behind Flax & Twine. Anne love all things handmade and lives for that feeling when design and color make her insides hum.
Anne left behind her career in investment banking three years ago to start blogging professionally and hasn’t looked back since. She has loved teaching across the country and at her local yarn stores, too. She can’t wait to share arm-knitting with all of you.
What an easy and quick way to make cozy and stylish knits of all sorts. Her knitting and craft work can be found in delightful places all across the web, including Design Sponge, Poppytalk, Creature Comforts, Apartment Therapy, Pottery Barn, Huffington Post, Knit and Crochet Now!, Petite Purls and more. She’s most excited that her arm and finger knitting designs will come to life in a to-be-titled book next winter.
Andrea Corrona Jenkins is a photographer, writer, (modern) dancer and teacher who lives with her husband and two children in Portland, Oregon.
For fifteen years, Andrea worked with the nationally recognized arts development program Moving In The Spirit, where she taught dance in after-school programs and youth shelters in Atlanta, Georgia's inner city and served as the director of their highly acclaimed Stepping Stones program.
These days, you can find her teaching instant photography workshops to kids and adults alike in cities across the globe-- from San Francisco, California to Gjilan, Kosovo.
Most recently, Andrea shared her love of photography with a room packed full of excited french teenagers at the Tedx Boulogne-Billiancourt event just outside Paris, France. Her work has been exhibited in numerous shows, including the Impossible Project's 'Outside the Lines' in New York in 2011 and Rare Device's 'Instant Noun' in San Francisco in 2013. Andrea is also a writer and core contributor for the ever popular UPPERCASE magazine and can be found (most days) over on her blog, Hula Seventy.
Maker extraordinaire, Courtney sees books as objects to be read and re-purposed, candy wrappers as paper flower petals, toilet paper tubes as a menagerie of animals. She sees the potential in the discarded, history in the mundane and art in the everyday. She saves everything, makes anything and teaches from a place of passion and authenticity. Courtney believes everyone is creative and she’d rather spend an evening drinking tea and painting than doing anything else (except maybe scavenging treasures abroad). Courtney is the author of Playing with Image Transfers, published by Quarry Books. Courtney teaches at the San Francisco Center for the Book, Makeshift Society, Handcraft Studio School, Kala Institute as well as other guest locations in the SF Bay Area and online at Creativebug.com. She studied painting at UC Santa Cruz and the University of Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France where she had her first exhibition and hosted many book making parties! She makes something everyday and can be found on instagram as @ccerruti.