Helen’s greatest strength and greatest joy is inspiring others to have confidence and enjoyment in their own creativity. Beginning with a traditional art education in the 70’s, a stamp store in Maryland for 17 years, and most recently an experimental art studio in Hillsboro, Oregon Helen has followed the pursuit of bringing Craft and Art together for everyone.
Who knew that the little stamp purchase in December 1987 would have lead to this! After catching the stamping bug that year, I quickly realized that I LOVED this art avenue. By 1989, I was giving home parties featuring PSX, All Night Media, Stampendous, and Hero Arts. I stamped throughout the years but it really ramped up in 2005 when I found a technique newsletter called Technique Junkies. As I used the techniques I also started to submit my work to well known Stamping magazines. Over the course of about 6 years, I’ve been published about 3 dozen times mostly in RubberStampMadness. Several years into submitting my work to magazines, I was approached by the owner of the Technique Junkie newsletter to be a designer. I accepted and am still on her design team. I’ve also been on the design team for several other stamp companies. Three years ago in 2010, a friend approached me. She knew that I had taken the Copic certification class and wanted to know if I would teach several classes at a weeklong stamping retreat at the beach. That was the start of my teaching! Since that time I’ve taught many classes not only for Copics but for techniques and cards as well. I love using dies and techniques in my cards and take joy when people discover how to do something new. My style is somewhere in between fussy and plain.
I guess you could say I’ve been “crafting” in one form or another since childhood, when I preferred to dress my paper dolls with my own designs. For many years afterward, my main creative outlet was sewing. However, once I started making cards about fifteen years ago, I was immediately hooked. I was unable to teach many classes until I retired, of course, but have made up for it since, designing and offering half-a-dozen or so classes each month at Main St. Stamp & Stationery. Whether working with fabrics or papers, I find myself inspired by color and texture. I consider my design style to be traditional, but with today’s capabilities to die-cut and emboss, not to mention all the amazing embellishments available, the possibilities to expand and vary that style seem endless. I love adding those special details which make each card a miniature work of art. If you’re interested,samples of my previous class offerings may been seen in the upstairs classroom at Main St.
Hi, I’m Kim Calvi and here’s a little bit about myself. I’ve been a crafter for years, dabbling in many different media, but nothing kept my interest until I discovered paper crafting. It began with a desire to create my own Christmas cards after purchasing a rubber stamp I found at a thrift store. My first visit to Main Street Stamp and Stationary included a visit upstairs to their wonderful classroom and after beholding Anne’s glorious works of art and seeing examples of just how much was possible, I immediately signed up for one of her classes. I have literally been there ever since. I was asked to become a teacher myself in October of 2011. My specialty is presentation pieces and I’m known for my attention to detail.If you enjoy that sort of thing or think it might be something you’d like to explore, we’d love to have you. As much as I enjoy the creative process of card design, the greater blessings are the friendships and the opportunity to spend time with the ladies in class. We look forward to seeing you too!
I come from a traditional academic background with Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts. I am currently a full time Art Instructor at Portland Community College where I teach courses in Basic Design, Color Theory, Drawing and Printmaking. I fell in love with calligraphy and book arts when I moved to Portland 5 years ago and have incorporated them into my own artwork. Although I am not much of a scrapbooker, I absolutely love the paper, tools and materials that come along with it. I use a myriad of things to make hand printed cards, calligraphic pieces and artist books. I enjoy teaching adults learners of all ages, working one-on-one with each person to make a finished piece. I hope to see you in one of my classes!