MEGHAN PURCELL makes art through the ancient technique of wool felting, Meghan explores ideas of genuine connection, sustainability, and the integrity of the human hand in an industrialized society. From being a part of each sheep shearing to felting each piece entirely by hand, every step of the process is highly intentional. Through the use of raw and found materials native to her surroundings, her innovative and texturally rich designs redefine Western Landscape Art and transform preconceived notions about this traditional medium.
Meghan studied fine art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and Montana State University - Bozeman. She earned a BFA in Art Education at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2011. Meghan’s work can be found in private collections and designer showrooms across the country, as well as in a myriad of group and solo exhibitions regionally. She lives and works in Livingston, Montana.
MILK and ROSES is Natalie Brown, an inspired novelist and metalsmith in Bozeman, MT. She loves coffee without cream, cigarettes without filters, and small intimate jewelry without too much flash or fuss, with plenty of magic and meaning.
SHELTER is a thoughtful design firm founded by Karie and Rob. Currently they specialize in leather and textile handbags, cabins, leather work, home design/build and more.
With a focus on local and sustainably produced materials whenever possible, Shelter's intention is to design and create sturdy, well made, and beautiful work that will last a long time.
Born out of the green mountains of Vermont from a love of wild foraging and the need for a backpack to collect their goodies, Shelter now resides and creates in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC.
CHERLYN WILCOX loves creating abstract art because the options are wide open. Her process is a very intuitive one. One move, a brush stroke, color field, and/or drip, dictates where her next move will be, creating a dialogue between the canvas and paint. Her creative approach is spontaneous. Her paintings reflect an emotional journey that emerge from this spontaneous process.
For ESTHER SULLIVAN, art making is a moving meditation. Based out of her studio in Bozeman, Montana, she uses primitive metalsmithing techniques such as torch work, varied hammering methods and oxidation to create the texture and contrasts that help tell the stories she envisions within the jewelry that takes form. Old tools are used with reclaimed fine metals that all have their own history, and are the building blocks of her designs. This process is a reminder of the power of our own history and how it adds depth to new experiences that lie ahead.
BUCK PRODUCTS creates packs with personality and pure, solid function. Each bag is sewn right in Bozeman, Montana by skilled seam technicians that have been honing their craft for years. Their approach is simple: create a durable product with the least amount of moving parts, because in the end we all need to simplify our lives.
FERN LOUISE can be found just about anywhere with a set of knitting needles and a skein of wool in her hands, a smudge of paint on her face, or a piece of thread stuck to her clothes. She loves colour, and is drawn to rich earthy tones, organic lines and the lightness of being. Her work is a reflection of life's little joys with just a touch of whimsy, mystery, or maybe even some magic.
JUNIPEROUS is Mattie Morton, herbalist, artist and designer. She strives to connect people to the natural world through botanical and earthen arts, gardening and herbal medicine. She makes handmade garments made purely of natural fibers which are then individually hand-dyed with wild-harvested and ethically cultivated medicinal plants.
LAUREL HILL Jewelry is inspired by the form and function of historical cultural adornment, the universal shapes and symbols that we recognize as significant. Pieces are forged in the mountains of western Montana using traditional metalworking techniques with a focus on sustainability.
Laurel believes in the transformative quality of jewelry as a talisman. Her unique interpretations of archetypal iconography seek to create a meaningful bond with you, the wearer.
GABRIELLE WALLINGTON grew up on a farm in rural Australia raising cattle and sheep and growing olives. This embedded her with a strong connection to the rural landscape, produce and community. She started making pottery at a young age. For her, handmade pottery adds another delicious aspect to meals and daily rituals that surround them. Her pottery is wood fired which provides a gentle tension between the manufactured form and the variation of surface created by ash and heat as it travels through the kiln.
CHRISTINE SUTTON was born and raised on the beautiful prairies around Billings Montana. She studied art at the University of Montana in Missoula, receiving her BFA in 2002. Christine has worked as a horse packer and guide in the Greater Yellowstone region, a Montessori teacher, and a NOLS instructor. Christine's art is heavily influenced by the eastern Montana landscape and the animals from her childhood. Her paintings are deeply layered with paint that is applied thickly then scraped and sanded to reveal deeper layers. Christine contrasts the rough earthy textures with a precise and intricate technique where she uses a exacto blade to carve out details. Christine approaches her art as visual journaling. She uses symbolic imagery like trees, horses and foxes to tell stories of her memories.
INDIAN PAINTBRUSH JEWELRY is the creation of artist Sarah Pardee. All of her work is handmade in her studio in Bozeman, MT. She uses traditional metalsmithing techniques to create jewelry that is modern, organic, and sculptural. She is driven by the beauty of the natural world and gains inspiration from the many small details observed, whether it's the patterns of lichen on a rock, the moon glowing through wispy clouds, or the way tall grasses blow in the wind.
WESTERN BOUND is Jill Johnson—making beautiful bags out of her studio in Bozeman, MT. She began her sewing and design adventure in Portland, Oregon. When she moved back to her roots in Montana, she began to focus exclusively on bags. During this transition time, she spent many hours working alongside her mother in her art studio. Her mother shared with her some materials passed down from her grandmother. She fell in love with the feeling of working with these materials and was inspired to honor a skill passed down throughout the generations.
FAT and the MOON is continuing a family legacy of herbalists and natural healers, founder Rachel Budde has built her company around providing handcrafted, herbal body care products to those seeking a natural alternative to chemical-filled products. Like a witch over a cauldron, Budde experiments with age-old ingredients and recipes passed down from various healing traditions to craft innovatively simple products that are good for the body and the earth. Fat and the Moon started as an alternative to the toxic, mass production body care industry aiming to provide nourishing ingredients and nourishing messages of self love, and self care.
JOSH DEWEESE is a ceramic artist and educator. He is an Assistant Professor of Art teaching ceramics at Montana State University in Bozeman, where he and his wife Rosalie Wynkoop have a home and studio. DeWeese served as Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts in Helena, Montana. He holds an MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred, and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute.
He is inspired and challenged by the art of pottery and strives to make work that is successful on multiple levels—well designed, comfortable to use, rich with ceramic wonder, and seductive to behold.
CHRISTINE GRONNEBERG is a utilitarian potter working in Helena, MT. After earning a B.F.A. from Montana State University in 2015, Christine moved back to her hometown to pursue her love of wood firing. She believes that our precious, most beautiful objects should be everyday objects and is dedicated to making comfortable, well-crafted pots for the home.
THE WILD UNKNOWN is Kim Krans drawing and painting wildly inspired tarot cards and more recently animal spirit cards. Her journey of discovering the "wild unknown" started while living in New York “living the dream,” studying art, showing her work at galleries and playing in bands, yet there was an unfulfilled part of her. A light was beginning to dim and she was looking for everything external to brighten her. At that time, she found a new teacher, yoga. She started meditating, practicing self-reflection and began on an inner quest. It was during this quest that the Tarot deck emerged and her work continues to reflect that inner listening.
NA NIN's fragrances are made by Kate Jennings inside her home in Richmond, VA. Made from all natural essential oils—They inspire nostalgic feelings that you get from listening to a certain song, a moment of solitude in the garden or woods, or a hug from a friend that leaves you with her scent for the rest of the day.
YOUNG IN THE MOUNTAINS - Designer Mariele Ivy is the daughter of a wooden boat builder & an avid gardener. Her works have always been inspired by the symbiosis of humans & their environment. Born and raised in Western Montana, she spent her early life in the rivers and woods, exploring and creating art inspired by nature. It was in a 1920s barn turned wooden boat studio that she created her first jewelry piece at the age of 5. A thin blue ribbon strung though a oyster shell, simple and natural, a harbinger of what was to come. After college, she moved from the mountains of Montana to spend time in the eclectic sea side city of San Francisco. There she established her design studio and began to create work that reminded her of what it was like to be young in the mountains. Where you listen to the seasons changing, to energize your aesthetic and mood.
ABSORKA is Alayna Rasile-Digrindakis, a textile artist and designer who works with natural fibers and plant dyes in her art practice as well as her collection of one of a kind clothing. She is building an off-the-grid studio outside of Helena, MT that will be the future home of Hi-Altitude Center for Textiles. Trained through a residency at the Textile Art Center in Brooklyn, NY, Alayna has a breadth of knowledge in weaving, quilting, screenprinting, and dyeing.
KATIE TRAYNOR is a fiber artist living and creating her work in Bozeman, MT. She has been a weaver for almost 20 years, gaining a degree in fiber arts from Skidmore College and a master’s degree in art therapy from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Last year she created Ward Weaving, selling her wall hangings and woven goods. With an appreciation for both traditional and modern weaving, Katie often incorporates materials from the natural world in her pieces. Her work references tribal and bohemian styles, making her unique wall hangings light, whimsical and sophisticated; an enjoyable addition to any dwelling.