Two Ohio technique workshops with Susan Lenart Kazmer open for enrollment at Ginny’s Small Studio

Hi Everyone:  it is rare for me to teach at local stores, but the weekend of September 13 and 14 I will be teaching as part of a workshop series at a cool local Ohio store, Ginny’s Small Studio. Ginny began mixed media events with Art Continuum back in 2000. She was the founder of Stampers Anonymous that went on to become a huge success.

Here are the two workshops I will give at Ginny’s Small Studio:

Susan Lenart Kazmer lion necklace

Susan Lenart Kazmer wire cagesWIRE- Ancient techniques on New Frontiers- Forging + Brazing 
Sign up for the class: Sun Sept. 14th 10-5pm $125 per student

Wire and fiber has been a prominent medium in ethnographic jewelry and adornment for centuries and used for binding, connecting, decorating and building of components.. Through many years of my own research and ethnographic repair, I have employed these same ideas to build my own unique body of work, influenced by my fashion experience, in forged wire.

Students will be challenged to think beyond traditional jewelry design to make your jewelry stronger, more interesting, unique, and personal by exploring new ideas for soldering, shaping, finishing and building of multiple components.
Sign up for the class: Saturday Sept. 13th 10-5PM $125 per student

Focus on new works in jewelry and Resin as it has never been presented before…sand, scratch, cast and scraffitto your way into creating unique objects and ancient artifacts in jewelry in combination with metal. Focus and build with resin using multiple thin layers while learning new techniques and application for scratching, crackling, engraving, transferring of imagery, making marks and coloring surface. Set your finished components with filigree bezel wire…brazing presented.

Ginny’s Small Studio is located in Jefferson Square, 26113 Detroit Road in Westlake.



Darling Little Houses

Karen Michele Clothe Paper Scissor Art Lesson 12Karen Michel works behind the scenes for ICE Resin, but when you see our packaging, banners, logos, and eBooks, her awesome creative talents are evident.

Cloth Paper Scissors Art Lesson Number 12 is taught by Karen. It’s all about mixed media: “conjuring up a cozy cottage or tall townhouse.”

You can see the entire delightful village the Cloth Paper Scissor staff made  HERE. The link to take the art lesson is HERE.

ICE Resin® 2014 Creative Team Applications OPEN NOW

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© 2013 Susan Lenart Kazmer

Does making  jewelry and mixed media art in your studio make your soul sing? Did you follow the ICE Queen to the Emmys?

Do you have personal goals to reach as a designer, love creating with ICE Resin®, and want to learn, network and grow with an incredible team? 

You do?

That’s fantastic! You are invited to apply for a year-long position on the 2014 ICE Resin® Creative Team!

You might wonder what we are seeking in a Designer.

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We are looking for someone with not only a keen eye for design but also a strong understanding of trends. We desire individuals with the ability to think outside of the box while remaining cutting edge, trendsetting and true to their own style. Keep in mind, while we are seeking artistically minded Designers we are not necessarily narrowing our vision to those who are widely known in the industry. Rather, it is our hope to create a team of Designers with various skills in jewelry, artwork, assemblage, and design aesthetics.
While our Designers are provided with products, we are looking for compositions that stand on their own with fresh ideas not replications or interpretations of what is trendy in the Arts and Crafts industries at this time. It is important to keep in mind ICE Resin® is not just for creating jewelry, but rather multiple applications such as Mixed-Media Assemblage, Paper Arts, Scrapbooking and more!


What to Expect: As an artist-based company, ICE Resin offers designers periodic boxes of hand-selected items from our line of amazing products such as bezels, chain, fibers, and of course, ICE Resin® and our new Iced Enamels®, compensation for publication, trade show design opportunities and the support of our social media.

Each designer is asked to create:

  • 28 projects per year
  • 7 short “How To” videos over the course of the year
  • several blog hops

Each year we participate in various trade shows and workshops; for these events we rely on our Designers to come up with artwork, jewelry and assemblage to be used in our displays for which they receive compensation and/or credit.

How to Apply: Please cut and paste these application questions into an email or Word document, answer them and email it with your photos to by Friday, October 25, 2013.

ICE Resin® 2014 Creative Team Application:


Physical Address:

Mailing, if different:


Email address:








  1.  Please tell us what your design experience is (whether it is simply creating for yourself and others or publishing, etc.) and what you prefer to create—jewelry, mixed media pieces, paper, etc.
  2. Why would you like to be part of the the Susan Lenart Kazmer™ ICE Resin® Creative Team?
  3. Have you been published? If so, please list publications. Also, what are your publishing goals?
  4.  How long have you been working with resin?
  5. What is your experience with resin in addition to ICE Resin®?
  6. Are you comfortable in front of a camera?
  7. What are your goals in the Arts and Crafts industry?
  8. Teaching experience – please list any venues or retreats where you have taught or will be teaching in 2014.
  9.  How often do you post to your blog? Other social media platforms? Are you open to posting for business purposes?
  10. How do you feel about cross promoting on your blog?
  11.  If selected, you are committing to 28 projects per year with instructions (8 of those with step-out photos), and 7 videos. Does this work with your lifestyle and goals?

As an artist based company ICE Resin offers our team members: Generous product packages shipped directly to your home, compensation for publication, trade show designs and the support of our social media.

Please cut and paste these application questions into an email or Word document, answer them and email it with your photos to by Friday, October 25, 2013. New Creative Team Members will be notified by November 11. Mid-December we will announce our new Creative Team to the industry.

If you applied to the team back in June, we do have your application on file and you are still under consideration.


What is ICE Resin®/Art Mechanique™? ICE Resin is an amazing jeweler’s grade two-part epoxy resin that contains no VOCs (volatile organic compounds), is low odor and non-toxic when cured. It was created by Artist and Metalsmith Susan Lenart Kazmer, and remains her signature product in the Art Mechanique line. The Art Mechanique™ brand consists of craft products created by Susan and ICE Resin’s first Designer line, Rue Romantique by Kristen Robinson.

Front Row at the Primetime Emmy’s Gift Lounge

Susan Lenart KazmerGreetings everyone!

     Our Creative Team members and ICE Resin staff team has been working hard behind the scenes to get ready for the Big Primetime Emmy’s CHA/NABA Gift Lounge and we’re down to less than a week before the event!!
     Stay tuned to the ICE Queen eZine all week to see what we have in store for you as part of your front row seat with us. In addition to showing some more bracelets for the nominees and VIPs art reveals, as well as some giveaways. Be sure to check in daily for a chance to win an ICE Resin swag bag to the stars. We’ll also be doing giveaways of actual kits of the Make-n-Take that we’re doing with the celebs on site from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Nokia Theater in Hollywood.
     It’s a BIG week for all the Primetime Emmy’s nominated actors and actresses and we’re so thrilled to share a small part in one of Hollywood’s finest hours.
     You can download the official Emmy’s Nomination List HERE or simply read the list HERE.
ICEResin Emmys Jen Crossley
Here is a peek at more of our team’s fabulous bracelets!

ICEResin Emmys Lexi Greenzer

Which Emmys nominee would you want to wear which bracelet?

ICEResin Emmys Lesley Venable

If we reach 50 comments on this post by midnight Pacific time, Thursday, Sept. 19, we will chose a random winner to get one of our Emmys’ SWAG Bags — to see what they are, you will need to keep checking back to the ICE Queen Zine as we will reveal the stellar SWAG bag later this week!

Purple Rose

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Purple. Charismatic. Alluring. Energetic. A royal color.

This necklace is about all that.

I enjoyed making it and I hope you will too!

ICE Resin®

Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Triangles two bezel – bronze MB2-003

Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Triangles three bezel – bronze MB2-004

Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine

Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Circles One Dies MD1-007

Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Triangles two Dies MD1-009

Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Texture Plates Grate Works three MT1-005

Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Texture Plates Grate Works One MT1-001


Art Mechanique Bronze wire 20gg
Brass-tone Chain
Antiqued bronze wire 20gg
Brass Jum prings
Handmade hook clasp
Scrapbook paper and cardstock, purple
Metallic ink pad, purple
Swarovski crystal flat backs, amethyst
Permanent marker, purple
White Craft Glue
Beads: Various sizes and shapes of purple beads, amethyst seed beads #6


Use the Artisan X-plorer machine to cut desired images from scrapbook paper and cardstock with the die templates. Emboss with texture plates and use a metallic purple stamp pad to lightly go over embossed areas. Glue into bezels with craft glue. Use purple permanent marker to color sides of bezel and rub a small amount of Renaissance to protect.

Fill bezels with ICE Resin.

After ICE Resin is fully dry (6 to 12 hours),use E-6000 adhesive to glue flat back crystals where desired.

String 3 seed beads onto a brass jump ring and use to connect top and bottom bezel. Cut three lengths of chain and connect to bottom bezel using a brass jump ring.

Create beaded links using bronze 20 gauge wire to string desired beads and create wrapped loops. Connect beaded links together for both sides of the necklace using brass jump rings. Connect each side of necklace to pendant using brass jump rings. Connect hook clasp to one end of necklace and a large brass jump ring to the other end.


Creative Team Entries are now open! Here is the link with all the information.

Check out the SLK Contest!  Your jewelry could win you a trip to To Bead True Blue!



Way to My Heart, a Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Necklace created by Cindy Cima Edwards

A heart is not a toy, but the shape certainly lends itself to the creation of lovely jewelry.

ICE Resin Spellbinders


ICE Resin®

Spellbinders®  Artisan X-plorer™ Machine MMM-001

Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders®  Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Bezels – Silver MB2-006S

Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders®  Media Mixáge™ Hearts Three MD1-009

Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders®  Media Mixáge™ Texture Plates Grate Works One MT1-001

German glass glitter, turquoise: Ice Resin

Sari Ribbon, teal

Blackened Steel Wire, 20gg WIREBS

Paper Sealer

Rue Romantique Rhinestone cup chain, gold KRCHAIN

Picasso rondelles, 5 cream and 6 teal

Gunmetal chain: SLK Industrial Chic

Swivel lobster clasp, silver: SLK Industrial Chi™c

Choker necklace, silver: SLK Industrial Chic™

10mm silver Jumpring: SLK Industrial Chic™

Arrow charm

2 Black headpins

Swarovski crystal flatback, turquoise

Music scrapbook cardstock

craft glue

clear tape



  1. Cut image from scrapbook paper using the Artisan X-plorer™ Machine and die template. Run through the machine again with the texture plate.
  2. Glue into bezel with craft glue and coat with paper sealer.  Sprinkle some turquoise German glass glitter into bezel. Prepare resin and pour into bezel. (Use a toothpick to move glitter to where you desire). Let dry overnight. Cut a length of rhinestone cupchain and glue around the heart using E-6000. Glue arrow charm and Swarovski crystal to top of bezel.
  3. String a cream picasso rondele onto a headpin and make a simple loop. Connect to bottom of the bezel. Cut the head off a headpin and make a simple loop. String a turquoise picasso rondelle and make a simple loop. Connect to the top of the bezel. Set pendant aside.
  4. Wrap choker necklace with Sari ribbon and tape the ends with some clear tape. Remove tape from one end and begin wrapping wire around to secure. Wrap part way down the necklace then start stringing rondelles onto wire keeping the beads to the outside of the necklace. Remove the other piece of tape once the ribbon is secure.
  5. Remove the end cap of the choker and add the first of three links of gunmetal chain then re-attach the cap. Repeat for the other side of the necklace using 8 links of chain. Attach the lobster clasp to the three chain link segment by opening the last chain link as you would a jumpring.

My Ideas Journal with a Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Bezel

When your muse strikes, where do you sketch and write your artistic ideas?

Do youe believe that writing down you dreams and visions helps bring them into reality?

Hi! Josephine “JoMama” Jones, from the ICE Resin® Mixed Media Design team here to share with you My Idea Journal.

To create this journal cover I began with an assortment of fabric scraps, and of course, a blank journal.

media mixageCut your fabric to fit the size of your particular journal and then layer and stitch as desired. (I used a sewing machine, but you could do this by hand as well.)

I added a pocket to hold a pen or pencil.

mm-jomama-journalUse ribbon or elastic as page loops to attach cover, inside front and back.

I used an MB2-006 bronze Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two  Bezel as my closure, with a ribbon attached to the back cover, then brought around the front to tie.

A piece of notebook paper fits perfectly into the bezel when cut with the Spellbinders®  Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Dies (MD1-010) in  Spellbinders®  Artisan X-plorer™ Machine (MMM-001).

The bezel is filled with a layer of ICE Resin®.

I hope you are inspired to get in touch with your muse and journal some amazing new pieces!

Happy dreaming!



Tyler Tags – Bling for the family pet

If receiving the Spellbinders® Media Mixage™ box wasn’t enough of a creative kick with the bezels designed for the line by Susan Lenart Kazmer™, Spellbinders’ new Artisan X-plorer™ high pressure cutting and embossing machine was also in the box! Wow! The problem is there are not enough hours in the day to create everything I would like!

The box spilled out with so many creative blanks but the first one my minds eye saw were the dog shapes.

Seeing that my family owns probably the goofiest, oddest animal on the planet, I immediately decided he needed some of his own jewelry. The best part is the pieces resemble him! Plus we love him and giving bling shows love, right? Right!

Susan M Walls


Materials & Tools:

My Dog – Tyler the canine model!

Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders®  Media Mixáge™ Dogs One, MB6-005

Media Mixage rectangle shapes

Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Bezels – Bronze, MB2-006

Iced Enamels™ in Ivory and Turquoise and Ivory Relique Powders

Iced Enamels™ Gold and Silver Glitz

Laser printed photo

Vintage dictionary and word ephemera

ICE Resin®

Key chain finding


Various jump rings

Craft cup and stir stick

Spellbiders Artisan X-plorer Machine, MMM-001

Spellbinders®  Media Mixáge™ Rectangles One Dies, MD1-003

Spellbinders®  Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Dies, MD1-010

Iced Enamels™ Medium plus application brush

Art Mechanique Paper Sealant

StazOn inkpad in black

Heat gun

Ceramic tile or other heat resistant surface

Blank paper, a couple pieces

Letter stamps

Needle nose pliers

Dremel or other drilling tool


susan lenart kazmer spellbinders media mixage



  1. Gather all your Media Mixage pieces, Iced® Enamel colors , enamel medium, heat gun, heat resistant tile, and a piece of paper.
  2. Use the Spellbiders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine to cut your photograph with the Spellbinders®  Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Die (makes the perfect size, no guessing).
  3. Seal photo into the Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts Two Bezel with paper sealant, underneath and on the top of the paper. Be sure to seal into the edges.
  4. Use the Spellbiders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine with the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Rectangles One Dies to cut a piece of metal flashing.
  5. Stamp the words “my humans” on a piece of paper with StazOn Ink, cut them out, and seal/glue on the bezel in the same manner as the photo.
  6. Paint the enameling medium on the tops of each blank to be enameled then sprinkle the enameling powder over your pieces and over a piece of paper (the paper saves any over sprinkling so you can pour it back into the container for another creative session!). I used Turquoise Relique for the dog, Ivory Relique with Gold and Silver Glitz for the dog shape with the cutout belly, and Ivory for the bone.
  7. Place your pieces on the tile, then using your heat gun and angling from the side, begin to heat your pieces. As the metal heats up you can bring the heat gun to the top of the piece. Be careful! You’re metal will get hot! You will see the powder change from matte to shiny as it melts. Continue until you’ve done them all. (If you missed any spots or want to put another color next to or on top of what you’ve done repeat the process.)
  8. Stamp the name of your pet onto the dog shape as shown.
  9. Mix ICE Resin® per manufacturer instructions.
  10. Paint ICE Resin® onto the top of your shapes. Use the resin as an adhesive and add rhinestone eyes to the blanks. Add the bone to the rectangle shape.
  11. Use the craft stick to drip ICE Resin® into the bezel until desired dome forms. Also paint a thin coat of resin over your words.
  12. Allow 6 to 12 hours to fully dry.
  13. Drill holes and hang on keychain finding with jup rings.
  14. Attach to your dog collar and take your stylin’ dog for a walk to show of his or her new bling!


Playing Dolls and Dress-Up

Welcome to Day One of Spellbinders® Explore Beyond Blog Frenzy!

The child within can be a Talisman for an artist. It is as children, with minds growing and the whole world before us, that we first discovery creativity. Let’s play dress-up!

Tools:Media Mixage Texture Plate

Spellbinders®  Artisan X-plorer™ Machine, a high-pressure rolling mill   MMM-001

Susan Lenart Kazmer™ forSpellbinders®  Media Mixáge™ Texture Plates Grate Works Three MT10-005

Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders®  Media Mixáge™ Houses One MB6-002

Sandpaper, 320-grit Extra -fine

Drill with 1/8th Bit

Chain Nose Pliers

Non-stick Craft Mat

Wire Cutters

Hammer and Steel Bench Block


Nail Polish, White

Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders®  Media Mixáge™Ephemera Papers One, MP1-002

Rhinestone Chain pieces

ICE Resin®

Art Mechanique Rhinestone Brads

Art Mechanique 18-gauge Wire, Bronze

Artisan X-plorer

1. Roll dress blanks through the Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ to texturize with desired texture plate. I used the one with the small dots.

2.  Sand the surface of the blanks with sandpaper. As a metalsmith, I always clean my metal and the sanded surface also provides a “tooth” that allows the paint to adhere.

2. Sand the surface of the blanks with sandpaper. As a metalsmith, I always clean my metal and the sanded surface also provides a “tooth” that allows the paint to adhere.

Painting a Media Mixage Dress Blank

3. Paint the dress blank with nail polish color of your choice. Allow a few minutes to dry.

Media Mixage Collage Image Pack

4. Decide on the paper you want to show through the dress. The Media Mixage collage image packs I designed and licensed for the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Line have a delightful array of vintage, fantastical, steampunk, botanical, classic advertisements, and patterns from which to choose just the right artistic element. Numbers are often a part of my work.

5.  Use sandpaper on surface of the dried blanks to take some of the paint off. This gives my dress a weathered, Talisman look. Even when I use brand new things I always give them a vintage, Talisman look because that is my artistic esthetic.

5. Use sandpaper on surface of the dried blanks to take some of the paint off. This gives my dress a weathered, Talisman look. Even when I use brand new things I always give them a vintage, Talisman look because that is my artistic aesthetic.

6.  Distress the edges as desired with brown acrylic paint.

6. Distress the edges as desired with brown acrylic paint.

Art Mechanique Brads Media Mixage Blank

7. Drill holes (not pictured) where you want your attachments. In this case I drilled the bottom corners of the dress and at the shoulders.
8. Attach front and back with painted sides outward securing with rhinestone brads.

9.  Now you are ready to create your wire attachment: Cut a 4-inch piece of bronze wire. Use the flat part of your hammer head to flare out the ends into a spoon shape. Feed the non-spoon end though the hole and then thread it through the other hole. Make spoon on that end. Use pliers to bend up ends to secure.

9. Now you are ready to create your wire attachment: Cut a 4-inch piece of bronze wire. Use the flat part of your hammer head to flare out the ends into a spoon shape. Feed the non-spoon end though the hole and then thread it through the other hole. Make spoon on that end. Use pliers to bend up ends to secure.

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10. Use wire cutters to cut desired length of rhinestones. (Not pictured.)
11. Mix ICE Resin® per manufacturer instructions. Coat dress with ICE Resin®. I attached the rhinestones using the resin as the bonding agent. The resin as it cures bonds the bling to the painted metal and the rhinestone will never come off.

Susan Lenart Kazmer Dress Blank Media Mixage

12. Extra rhinestones are optional, but what doll doesn’t love bling when playing dress-up? Add a few more rhinestones. Want to weat it as a necklace? Attach it to some ribbon. In the photo below you will see that I wire wrapped the ribbon but the dress and ribbon could simply be attached with a jump ring because of the wire loop at the top of the dress.

Corsets, dresses, birds, butterflies, frames, houses, trees, turtles, flowers, and dogs are all blanks (with corresponding dies) in the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Line that I designed  so that  you can set the child within free to imagine and explore the possibilities in mixed media, scrapbooking, art journaling and jewelry.

Embrace your creativity! -Susan Lenart Kazmer

Madame Marguerite's Field Journal V3 Susan Lenart Kazmer

Madame Marguerite’s Field Journal, Volume 3 

At the turn of the past century Madame Marguerite travelled the globe in search of wonder. Volume 3 of her field journal/sketchbook was discovered in a trunk in the attic of the family home by her niece, Aimee. Aimee was trilled to read this legacy of her famous aunt, and is determined to follow the clues Madame Marguerite left as to where volumes 1, 2, 4 and 5 are hidden.

I am a metal and silversmith with a body of work spanning more than two decades. Forged, hammered wirework with cold join attachments in my signature style, are the foundation of this journal. I distressed and riveted in place the piece of patterned brass on the cover—a cold join jewelry connection that is often seen in my book “Making Connections”. The 3 rivets you can see sticking up are industrial nuts and screws. I added silk ribbons in ivory and blue and antiqued the pages in blue and brown. A vintage chandelier crystal hanging from the dress.

Mojo and Sunshine with Karen Michel

Karen Michel Creative Art Space for KidsBehind the scenes at ICE Resin is a woman to whom we would like to introduce you. Her name is Karen Michel and she is a graphic designer, instructor and mixed media artist.

Recently her creative space has been filled with the redesign of our ICE Resin® resin

“Karen and I were introduced by Nina Bagley where we three shared a room together at my very first Art and Soul retreat in Portland, Oregon,” Susan Lenart Kazmer says.


Karen Michel


“Karen was all natural and chill and I just loved her energy. I watched Karen’s personal body of work grow and I own a few of her pieces. I watched her original birds grow from shabby and desolate to sophisticated and sharp…..

Karen Michel


“This is the Karen that I have known for eleven years… Her work speaks for itself. I could think of no one better than to redo the face of ICE RESIN. Thank you Karen xxo,” Susan concludes.

Says Jen Cushman: “Karen Michel and Susan Lenart Kazmer are the two women who really inspired my art aesthetic when I began really getting into mixed-media around 2004/05. I was doing collage and assemblage at the time and Karen’s book The Complete Guide To Altered Imagery (Quarry 2005) totally rocked my world!”

“These ladies became my closest friends, and later my business partners, and I’m so honored to be standing next to them as we continue to build ICE Resin and Susan Lenart Kazmer LLC. Karen has the ability to make everything she touches beautiful, ethereal and authentic. Her eye and incredible technical skills make the total re-branding of our products a huge success at our recent CHA trade show. I know our customers at the To Bead True Blue Show in Tucson are going to be just as impressed. We wouldn’t be where we are today without Karen Michel!”

Kristen Robinson says: “Karen has an intuitive nature about her that is completely like no other. As an admirer of Karen’s amazing artwork I can honestly say it is a constant pleasure for me to work side by side with her. Karen’s ability to hone in on ones personality and style continuously amazes me; I have no doubt this intuition comes from her soul as she is a remarkable individual, so giving and so full of love. I can honestly say I am beyond honored to work with her and ecstatic to have her create all of the marketing materials for the Rue Romantique line. Thank you Karen for creating a cutting edge look for not only Rue Romantique but ICE Resin as a whole.”

Karen, a native New Yorker, came from a big family where creativity abounded and she made things from an early age. “It you needed it, you would make it first,” Karen says. She recalls one aunt taught her to knit, while another liked to draw and took her to thrift store where they would buy clothes and repurpose them for Karen’s Barbie dolls.

Karen Michel


“I was also fortunate to have wonderful art teachers in the public school format,” Karen says. “In high school there were dark rooms and pottery studios and I was encourage to pursue my passion.”

That passion led her to The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan to the Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico to Santé Fe Community College. “Yes, I’m an art school drop out,” she laughs. But one who pursued her interests in anthropology, metalsmithing and languages as she continued to hone her talent. She is a mixed media artist who loves vintage fabric, found objects and color. Kiki Smith and street artist Swoon  are among her favorite contemporary artists.

However, it took a longer time to discover what it really took to be a working artist and that business side was not something spoken of in art school. As she met other artists who had more business savvy, Karen expanded from selling her art in galleries, to writing for publication (Green Guide for Artists, also, The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery, and numerous articles), graphic design, and hosting workshops. “When I met Susan (Lenart Kazmer) she was a role model because she had been living successfully as an artist for quite some time.”

Diversity means less pressure for this mixed media artist, author, and self-proclaimed compulsive photographer. Her cameras of choice are the iPhone in her pocket or a Nikon D50. “I am an Instagram addict; I enjoy the vignettes people share from every day life,” she says.

Karen Michel

Gratitude 2

A piece of wooden pallet it on her studio workbench right now. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy she has no downstairs neighbors to complain about the hammering.

When she is not in her studio, she can be found mentoring children at the non-profit she founded, Creative Art Space for Kids (CASK). It is a place where children from Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn gather in sessions by age group and each one choose the medium and subject matter of their art. She worried about CASK when Sandy left the city flooded, but fortunately the center was only without power for a week. Karen believes that an important factor in the development of individuality is when children have a place and time to be messy and do art, especially the 5, 6, and 7-years-olds, with their bursting imaginations.

Karen Michel


And it is a way for Karen to share her love and creativity.

“The beauty of living by the water keeps me here ~ the last footprint of nature the barrier beaches and marsh islands represent mean when storms hit, we just have to suck it up,” she says. It is the place that she and her son collect seashells and enjoy nature.


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