Amazing writers, photographers and artists themselves contribute each month to Artizen. Learn more about them here:
BETH GOLDEN is a Virginia-based writer, designer and marketing guru as well as a great admirer of artisans in general. She’s a frequent contributor to Artizen and really enjoys conducting interviews with creative people.
MERYL GOLDSTEIN is freelance writer, student in art history and studio art at the university of virginia and a new intern with Artizen Magazine. She grew up drawing and painting and has dabbled in everything from photography to jewelry making to poetry to music. We welcome her wonderful writing with open arms and look for her contributions as well to our social media posts.
MICHAEL HELANDER shares her passion for recycled design, arts and crafts via the Blue Velvet Chair blog which serves as a platform to showcase unique repurposed, recycled and upcycled projects from others as well as herself. She is a ‘love immigrant’, born in the U.S. but transplanted to Sweden after meeting her husband at the Gothenburg train station 11 years ago while travelling. Find more recycled art inspiration at www.bluevelvetchair.blogspot.com.
NATHAN MANCINI is a freelance food writer and long-time connoisseur of fine cheeses, having worked closely with cheesemakers to present the very best to customers of several establishments. He’s presently sharing his knowledge behind the cheese counter of the Charlottesville Whole Foods Market while adjusting to his fairly recent move to the area. Virginia cheesemakers get in touch!
ANNETTE COUCH-JAREB, aka Sofie Couch, can most often be found writing young adult paranormal fiction, except when she’s “raising a para-normal young adult,” or when she’s writing a non-fiction article for a fabulous e-zine! Or when she’s outside planting her new edible landscaping. In between times, she can be found at www.sofiecouch.com or for a laugh at her expense, you can visit www.dirtpoorgardener.blogspot.com
MARY DONOVAN is a student at the University of Virginia studying French and Philosophy. She has had a passion for writing her whole life including poetry, creative writing and journalism. After spending the summer blogging for the Provisions Library in DC, she now works on Artizen’s blog.
For more than twenty years KEVIN FOSTER O’DONNELL has worked in the retail industry to champion cutting edge design, carefully integrated architecture and innovative use of materials and construction methods. Through his design and consulting firm, thread collaborative, he uses sustainable design to craft compelling customer experiences. www.threadcollaborative.com
JAKE VON SLATT: “‘Maker’ describes what I do and ‘Steampunk’ describes the style in which I most commonly work. Thus calling me a Steampunk Maker is roughly equivalent to calling someone a ‘Jazz’ ‘musician.’”
“Being a Maker is sort of like being an artist, but I have no training in the arts. It’s also sort of like being a craftsman, but I don’t make things for sale – though other Makers do. Tinkerer is also a good colloquial description of what I am and what I do. I make things for the shear joy of creation. I also really enjoy sharing the things I make and the tools and techniques I use with other people.” (steampunkworkshop.com)