Artist Index

Instructor:  Rachel Bogardus   Foundry Workshops:  Tapestry Weaving  Rachel Bogardus is a local fiber artist and founder of Virago Weaving. New to the fiber world, she took a weaving class summer of 2018, which ignited her passion and love for fiber arts. Creator of household goods and women’s accessories, Rachel developed Virago Weaving to sell goods inspired by the places she has travelled and motivational women, near and far. Portions of goods sold are donated to local charities, with other profits going towards her education to obtain a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies in Ireland next year. Lover of beautiful metaphors, she considers herself to be in the chrysalis stage of metamorphosis. Rachel found weaving during a time where she needed direction, and she hopes to inspire others to take risks, believe in themselves and set out to do what makes them feel fulfilled- for you never know where following your passions will lead you.   Instagram:  viragoweaving

Instructor: Rachel Bogardus

Foundry Workshops: Tapestry Weaving

Rachel Bogardus is a local fiber artist and founder of Virago Weaving. New to the fiber world, she took a weaving class summer of 2018, which ignited her passion and love for fiber arts. Creator of household goods and women’s accessories, Rachel developed Virago Weaving to sell goods inspired by the places she has travelled and motivational women, near and far. Portions of goods sold are donated to local charities, with other profits going towards her education to obtain a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies in Ireland next year. Lover of beautiful metaphors, she considers herself to be in the chrysalis stage of metamorphosis. Rachel found weaving during a time where she needed direction, and she hopes to inspire others to take risks, believe in themselves and set out to do what makes them feel fulfilled- for you never know where following your passions will lead you.

Instagram: viragoweaving

Instructor:  Victoria Conners  Foundry Workshops:  Needle Felt Painting  I grew up in the Finger Lakes, enamored with the peace and beauty of the regional terrain. I have always enjoyed the process of creating, working in the artistic traditions of landscape and surrealism.  I was first introduced to fiber arts and needle felting in June 2014. While volunteering in Rochester I came across an inspiring felting demonstration, and from there began creating my own needle felt paintings while pushing myself to explore and expand the limits of this medium. Nature is my center and capturing the beauty of nature is my meditation. I create much of my wool landscapes en plein air, immersed in the very environment that I am capturing. I plan to continue pushing the boundaries of needle felting by creating large-scale felts that highlight 3-D relief aspects with striking details.   Website:   http://www.victoriaconnors.com/    Instagram:  victoria_lee_conners

Instructor: Victoria Conners
Foundry Workshops: Needle Felt Painting

I grew up in the Finger Lakes, enamored with the peace and beauty of the regional terrain. I have always enjoyed the process of creating, working in the artistic traditions of landscape and surrealism.

I was first introduced to fiber arts and needle felting in June 2014. While volunteering in Rochester I came across an inspiring felting demonstration, and from there began creating my own needle felt paintings while pushing myself to explore and expand the limits of this medium. Nature is my center and capturing the beauty of nature is my meditation. I create much of my wool landscapes en plein air, immersed in the very environment that I am capturing. I plan to continue pushing the boundaries of needle felting by creating large-scale felts that highlight 3-D relief aspects with striking details.

Website: http://www.victoriaconnors.com/

Instagram: victoria_lee_conners

Instructor : Kalee Doeing   Foundry Workshops:  Botanical Resin Bracelet  Kalee Doeing is a local artist who has recently fallen in love with plants. She LOVES teaching about DIY gardening crafts. She fostered her love of art through grade school and even has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in Ceramic Arts from Wells College, Aurora NY. Her art has driven her to travel to interesting places like Alaska and Florence for study and internship."   Website:   www.wineandblooms.com    Instagram:  wineandblooms

Instructor: Kalee Doeing

Foundry Workshops: Botanical Resin Bracelet

Kalee Doeing is a local artist who has recently fallen in love with plants. She LOVES teaching about DIY gardening crafts. She fostered her love of art through grade school and even has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in Ceramic Arts from Wells College, Aurora NY. Her art has driven her to travel to interesting places like Alaska and Florence for study and internship."

Website: www.wineandblooms.com

Instagram: wineandblooms


Instructor:  Meredith Johnson  Foundry Workshops:  Mount a Staghorn, Kokedama Moss Ball  Meredith Johnson is a plant-loving, art-seeking local to the Ithaca area. She grew up in Watkins Glen and relocated to Ithaca several years ago to soon find her perfect job combination- Meredith is a free-lance lifestyle photographer in addition to being a flower and plant guru at Bool’s Flower Shop. She has always had an interest in art, plants and gardening, and decided to take it to the professional realm in early 2018. Meredith has been professionally photographing under the business name of M. Johnson Photography since 2012 and continues to do so. She learned her photo skills in high school and continued into college at Corning Community. She is a lover of all things art and nature, which in most cases fall hand-in-hand.   Instagram:   M.JohnsonPhotography

Instructor: Meredith Johnson
Foundry Workshops: Mount a Staghorn, Kokedama Moss Ball

Meredith Johnson is a plant-loving, art-seeking local to the Ithaca area. She grew up in Watkins Glen and relocated to Ithaca several years ago to soon find her perfect job combination- Meredith is a free-lance lifestyle photographer in addition to being a flower and plant guru at Bool’s Flower Shop. She has always had an interest in art, plants and gardening, and decided to take it to the professional realm in early 2018. Meredith has been professionally photographing under the business name of M. Johnson Photography since 2012 and continues to do so. She learned her photo skills in high school and continued into college at Corning Community. She is a lover of all things art and nature, which in most cases fall hand-in-hand.

Instagram: M.JohnsonPhotography


Instructor:  Kavi Kardos  Foundry Workshops:  SEO Basics, Tips & Tricks  Kavi Kardos is the SEO Training Manager at Moz, a leading provider of search marketing software and education. She also works as a freelancer with six years of experience in agencies and in-house SEO roles. Kavi is originally from Houston, TX, and loves baseball,  Game of Thrones , and her cat. By night you can find her hosting pub quizzes for Geeks Who Drink around town.   Website:   https://academy.moz.com/

Instructor: Kavi Kardos
Foundry Workshops: SEO Basics, Tips & Tricks

Kavi Kardos is the SEO Training Manager at Moz, a leading provider of search marketing software and education. She also works as a freelancer with six years of experience in agencies and in-house SEO roles. Kavi is originally from Houston, TX, and loves baseball, Game of Thrones, and her cat. By night you can find her hosting pub quizzes for Geeks Who Drink around town.

Website: https://academy.moz.com/

Instructor:  Natasha Keller  Foundry Workshops:  Sashiko Visible Mending  Natasha Keller is a Finger Lakes based designer and artist. Having started her career in the field of sexuality education, Natasha’s love of textiles and design soon became her focus. This medium allowed her to meld her two passions: education and design. Through teaching people to sew their own clothes, Natasha has engaged in conversations around style and fit, but also deeper issues of body image, sexuality, gender, race and identity, bringing her full circle back to her first job as a sexuality educator. She has designed and produced her own line of women’s clothing, handbags, wallets and home accessories. She has worked collaboratively with a local boutique to design and produce an in-house line of vintage-inspired dresses, while continuing to build her couture dressmaking skills through the creation of formal dresses and bridal gowns. She brings a dramatic, elegant and eclectic aesthetic to all of her work.   Website:   www.clotheshorsestudio.com    Instagram:   clotheshorsestudio

Instructor: Natasha Keller
Foundry Workshops: Sashiko Visible Mending

Natasha Keller is a Finger Lakes based designer and artist. Having started her career in the field of sexuality education, Natasha’s love of textiles and design soon became her focus. This medium allowed her to meld her two passions: education and design. Through teaching people to sew their own clothes, Natasha has engaged in conversations around style and fit, but also deeper issues of body image, sexuality, gender, race and identity, bringing her full circle back to her first job as a sexuality educator. She has designed and produced her own line of women’s clothing, handbags, wallets and home accessories. She has worked collaboratively with a local boutique to design and produce an in-house line of vintage-inspired dresses, while continuing to build her couture dressmaking skills through the creation of formal dresses and bridal gowns. She brings a dramatic, elegant and eclectic aesthetic to all of her work.

Website: www.clotheshorsestudio.com

Instagram: clotheshorsestudio


Instructor:  Geraldine Lavin  Foundry Workshops:  Herbal Oils and Balms, Tinctures, Herbal Infusions  Geraldine founded Suntrap Botanical in 2015. She is a passionate apothecarian and cultivator of medicinal plants. Her mission is to observe the systems of the natural world so she may recreate their efficient designs on the farm and in her life. She begins each day by stoking the wood fire or sweeping the floor and ends each day by drawing a bath. In between, she writes, formulates, hunts for mushrooms, runs, makes kitchen magic, and laughs with her friends and family. Geraldine's background is in art, music, and organic farming. She formally studied clinical herbalism at the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine, where she met her future business partner, Hayden Stebbins.   Website:   www.suntrap.co    Instagram:   SuntrapBotanical

Instructor: Geraldine Lavin
Foundry Workshops: Herbal Oils and Balms, Tinctures, Herbal Infusions

Geraldine founded Suntrap Botanical in 2015. She is a passionate apothecarian and cultivator of medicinal plants. Her mission is to observe the systems of the natural world so she may recreate their efficient designs on the farm and in her life. She begins each day by stoking the wood fire or sweeping the floor and ends each day by drawing a bath. In between, she writes, formulates, hunts for mushrooms, runs, makes kitchen magic, and laughs with her friends and family. Geraldine's background is in art, music, and organic farming. She formally studied clinical herbalism at the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine, where she met her future business partner, Hayden Stebbins.

Website: www.suntrap.co

Instagram: SuntrapBotanical

Instructor:  Hala Ostwani  Foundry Workshops:  Social Media Branding, Hoop Earrings, Stacked Rings, Stamped Rings, Pierced Earrings, Wax Ring Carving  Hala Ostwani is the founder of both Heya Designs and Oakmoss Design Studio. She specializes in handmade jewelry and hand poured candles under Heya Designs, and builds custom websites with her partner Holly Feld as Oakmoss Design Studio.  "No matter the medium, I love the feeling of creating something new and beautiful where before there was just a blank canvas.”  When she’s not designing you can find Hala raising her two children and one rambunctious rooster named Sylvester.   Website:   www.heya-shop.com ,  www.oakmossdesign.com    Instagram:   HeyaDesign , Oakmossdesign

Instructor: Hala Ostwani
Foundry Workshops: Social Media Branding, Hoop Earrings, Stacked Rings, Stamped Rings, Pierced Earrings, Wax Ring Carving

Hala Ostwani is the founder of both Heya Designs and Oakmoss Design Studio. She specializes in handmade jewelry and hand poured candles under Heya Designs, and builds custom websites with her partner Holly Feld as Oakmoss Design Studio. "No matter the medium, I love the feeling of creating something new and beautiful where before there was just a blank canvas.” When she’s not designing you can find Hala raising her two children and one rambunctious rooster named Sylvester.

Website: www.heya-shop.com, www.oakmossdesign.com

Instagram: HeyaDesign,Oakmossdesign

Instructor:  Laurin Ramsey  Foundry Workshops:  Block Printing Class  Laurin Ramsey is a Georgia-born artist and printmaker. She is founder of Liontail Press, a one-woman design and print operation transplanted to Ithaca from Brooklyn, NY in the fall of 2015.  I'm convinced that I was born with ink running through my veins.   I take immeasurable joy in bringing original, whimsical designs to life with the timeless tactility and charm that is letterpress printing.   It is my hope that evidence of my heart and hand shines through with each unique piece I guide through the press. I'm so in love with what I do, and can't wait to share my work with you!     Website:   www.liontailpress.com    Instagram:   Liontail_Press

Instructor: Laurin Ramsey
Foundry Workshops: Block Printing Class

Laurin Ramsey is a Georgia-born artist and printmaker. She is founder of Liontail Press, a one-woman design and print operation transplanted to Ithaca from Brooklyn, NY in the fall of 2015. I'm convinced that I was born with ink running through my veins. I take immeasurable joy in bringing original, whimsical designs to life with the timeless tactility and charm that is letterpress printing. It is my hope that evidence of my heart and hand shines through with each unique piece I guide through the press. I'm so in love with what I do, and can't wait to share my work with you!

Website: www.liontailpress.com

Instagram: Liontail_Press


Instructor:  Stacie Ratzkin  Foundry Workshops:  Stained Glass  Stacie Ratzkin is the owner and maker behind Forest City Stained Glass, based out of London, Ontario. The second in her family to make glass, Stacie’s vocation honors the memory of her Grandpa Jack, who practiced the craft for many years before he passed in the mid-90s, leaving her with his handmade suncatcher that she has cherished since. His studio practice piqued her curiosity about the glass making process, and eventually led her to pursue glass in earnest. Outside of the studio, Stacie is a proud cat lady who enjoys nature, photography, music, road trips, and dreaming up the next project to get her back in the studio as soon as possible.   Website:   www.forestcitystainedglass.com    Instagram:   ForestCityStainedGlass

Instructor: Stacie Ratzkin
Foundry Workshops: Stained Glass

Stacie Ratzkin is the owner and maker behind Forest City Stained Glass, based out of London, Ontario. The second in her family to make glass, Stacie’s vocation honors the memory of her Grandpa Jack, who practiced the craft for many years before he passed in the mid-90s, leaving her with his handmade suncatcher that she has cherished since. His studio practice piqued her curiosity about the glass making process, and eventually led her to pursue glass in earnest. Outside of the studio, Stacie is a proud cat lady who enjoys nature, photography, music, road trips, and dreaming up the next project to get her back in the studio as soon as possible.

Website: www.forestcitystainedglass.com

Instagram: ForestCityStainedGlass

Instructor:  Kadie Safli  Foundry Workshops:  Cyanotype Print  I was born in Burlington, Vermont and lived in the Bay Area for a good part of my life and now live in Ithaca, NY. I come from a family of artists and started making art at a young age: editions of rainbows, age three. I studied printmaking and photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and have been focused on my art career ever since. Over the last 20 years, I have had numerous solo shows and participated in many group shows nationally and internationally. My work is mixed media: cyanotype, screen printing, painting, drawing and sculpture and the subject matter ranges from political to serene and everything in between.   Website:   www.kadiesalfi.com  +  www.petiteblue.com

Instructor: Kadie Safli
Foundry Workshops: Cyanotype Print

I was born in Burlington, Vermont and lived in the Bay Area for a good part of my life and now live in Ithaca, NY. I come from a family of artists and started making art at a young age: editions of rainbows, age three. I studied printmaking and photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and have been focused on my art career ever since. Over the last 20 years, I have had numerous solo shows and participated in many group shows nationally and internationally. My work is mixed media: cyanotype, screen printing, painting, drawing and sculpture and the subject matter ranges from political to serene and everything in between.

Website: www.kadiesalfi.com + www.petiteblue.com

Instructor:  Hayden Stebbins  Foundry Workshops:  Fermentation: making nutritious food with simple techniques, Plant Walk  Hayden Stebbins earned his BS in Natural and Environmental Systems from Cornell University and his MS in Sustainable Horticulture and Food Production from Schumacher College. He then went on to complete the full-time clinical herbalism program at the  Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine . He has shadowed ethnobotanist Marc Williams (director of  Plants and Healers International  and editor of  Botany in a Day ), and taught classes in edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms. Hayden currently manages a regenerative agriculture project in Brooktondale, NY which utilizes food and medicine production to regenerate degraded land dominated by introduced species. He also co-owns  Suntrap Botanical  with fellow Foundry instructor Geraldine Lavin.   Website:   www.suntrap.co    Instagram:   SuntrapBotanical

Instructor: Hayden Stebbins
Foundry Workshops: Fermentation: making nutritious food with simple techniques, Plant Walk

Hayden Stebbins earned his BS in Natural and Environmental Systems from Cornell University and his MS in Sustainable Horticulture and Food Production from Schumacher College. He then went on to complete the full-time clinical herbalism program at the Eclectic School of Herbal Medicine. He has shadowed ethnobotanist Marc Williams (director of Plants and Healers International and editor of Botany in a Day), and taught classes in edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms. Hayden currently manages a regenerative agriculture project in Brooktondale, NY which utilizes food and medicine production to regenerate degraded land dominated by introduced species. He also co-owns Suntrap Botanical with fellow Foundry instructor Geraldine Lavin.

Website: www.suntrap.co

Instagram: SuntrapBotanical


Instructor:  Elizabeth Thompson  Foundry Workshops:  Form Hoop Earrings, Stacked Rings, Stamped Rings, Pierced Earrings, Wax Ring Carving  Elizabeth Thompson is the artist behind Elizabeth Knight Jewelry, a line of hand cut, hammered and etched pieces with an unearthed quality. Each piece from her collection is truly a personal experience in the finding. The line has gathered attention from fashion press including Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Japan, Marie Clare, Lucky, Paper, Foam, Bullet, I-d and Nylon. Although deeply rooted in Brooklyn, Elizabeth Knight Jewelry is carried in boutiques in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Elizabeth received her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design majoring in jewelry with an emphasis on the craft of silver-smithing. In 2014 she moved upstate to Ithaca, NY where she opened the store Narrative Space with her partner Mark Zaharis and manages Foundry workshops and co-working spaces.   Website:   www.elizabethknightjewelry.com    Instagram:   ElizabethKnightJewelry

Instructor: Elizabeth Thompson
Foundry Workshops: Form Hoop Earrings, Stacked Rings, Stamped Rings, Pierced Earrings, Wax Ring Carving

Elizabeth Thompson is the artist behind Elizabeth Knight Jewelry, a line of hand cut, hammered and etched pieces with an unearthed quality. Each piece from her collection is truly a personal experience in the finding. The line has gathered attention from fashion press including Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Japan, Marie Clare, Lucky, Paper, Foam, Bullet, I-d and Nylon. Although deeply rooted in Brooklyn, Elizabeth Knight Jewelry is carried in boutiques in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Elizabeth received her BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design majoring in jewelry with an emphasis on the craft of silver-smithing. In 2014 she moved upstate to Ithaca, NY where she opened the store Narrative Space with her partner Mark Zaharis and manages Foundry workshops and co-working spaces.

Website: www.elizabethknightjewelry.com

Instagram: ElizabethKnightJewelry

Instructor:  Carmen Torrado   Foundry Workshops:  Shampoo Bars  Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers. Carmen Torrado Gonzalez lives, works, and creates in Ithaca, New York. An avid poet and visual artist, Carmen serves as the creative writing editor for  Rabbit! Magazine,  as well as organizes, curates, and hosts the annual  Our Own Dang Met Gala . At home, Carmen's self-care routine includes making her own hair-care products, a personal craft that allows her to center and relax.

Instructor: Carmen Torrado

Foundry Workshops: Shampoo Bars

Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers. Carmen Torrado Gonzalez lives, works, and creates in Ithaca, New York. An avid poet and visual artist, Carmen serves as the creative writing editor for Rabbit! Magazine, as well as organizes, curates, and hosts the annual Our Own Dang Met Gala. At home, Carmen's self-care routine includes making her own hair-care products, a personal craft that allows her to center and relax.


Instructor:  Hannah Volpi  Foundry Workshops:  Make Your Own Seed Paper  Hannah Volpi is founder, farmer and floral designer at Foxi   Flora farm, where she grows flowers and herbs just outside of Ithaca, NY. Her mission: to cultivate beauty to share with the community. She learns something new every time she steps into the garden, and finds that her curiosity in growing is endless.  I appreciate the strength in my body, the history before me, the presence in front of me, and seeds set for the future. While there are plenty of flowers to marvel at in nature untouched, I offer a wide variety of cultivated flowers that bring pollinators to the land and through mindful practice, give back to the soil.    Website:   www.foxiflora.com    Instagram:   FoxiFlora

Instructor: Hannah Volpi
Foundry Workshops: Make Your Own Seed Paper

Hannah Volpi is founder, farmer and floral designer at Foxi Flora farm, where she grows flowers and herbs just outside of Ithaca, NY. Her mission: to cultivate beauty to share with the community. She learns something new every time she steps into the garden, and finds that her curiosity in growing is endless. I appreciate the strength in my body, the history before me, the presence in front of me, and seeds set for the future. While there are plenty of flowers to marvel at in nature untouched, I offer a wide variety of cultivated flowers that bring pollinators to the land and through mindful practice, give back to the soil.

Website: www.foxiflora.com

Instagram: FoxiFlora


Instructor:  Becky Yates  Foundry Workshops:  Punch Needle, Macrame  Fiber artist Becky Yates has lived in Ithaca with her family for over 10 years. A self-taught artist, she enjoys sewing, macrame, and experimenting with natural dyes, but punch needle rug hooking is where she has found her “soul craft”. Preferring to use natural materials like linen and wool, she finds inspiration in landscapes, traditional quilt blocks, and her 5 year old’s artwork.   Website:   www.themodernpunch.com ,  www.modernpunch.etsy.com    Instagram:   ModernPunch

Instructor: Becky Yates
Foundry Workshops: Punch Needle, Macrame

Fiber artist Becky Yates has lived in Ithaca with her family for over 10 years. A self-taught artist, she enjoys sewing, macrame, and experimenting with natural dyes, but punch needle rug hooking is where she has found her “soul craft”. Preferring to use natural materials like linen and wool, she finds inspiration in landscapes, traditional quilt blocks, and her 5 year old’s artwork.

Website: www.themodernpunch.com, www.modernpunch.etsy.com

Instagram: ModernPunch