Workshop Leaders

We’ve wrangled up the best of the best to deliver some butt-kicking workshops, y’all. Meet our workshop leaders and get inspired!

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Aaron Michalovic

Inspired by hand-made, process-evident building and art making, Aaron Michalovic’s work ranges from timber frame structures, to furniture and useable goods, to wood collage.

Tomás Salas

Tomás Salas is a master scenic carpenter and lighting tech with over 30 years working in professional theater, dance, and music productions. His experience includes serving as the technical director for Luis Valdez’ El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista, CA, and Master Electrician for the Mark Taper Forum and Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles. In Austin, Tomás is the Master Carpenter for the Austin Community College Drama Department and has worked as a freelance tech for just about every local theatre and dance company. What he enjoys most is designing, making, and building things from old and repurposed materials. Building cigar box guitars and teaching others how to make them is one of his new found passions. And if anyone has an accordion, he can also teach folks how to polka!

Mike Davis

Mike Davis is a co-owner of Burlesque of North America, an award-winning creative studio specializing in graphic arts and high quality screenprinting. Since 2003, the team at Burlesque has been responsible for creating concert posters, art prints, murals, logos, stage graphics, album artwork, t-shirts and more for a wide variety of clients including Rhymesayers Entertainment, Minnesota Public Radio, Target, Nike, 3M, Arcade Fire, Chromeo, and more. Davis and Wes Winship also own and manage CO Exhibitions, an award-winning 2000 square foot art gallery and event space situated one floor up from their Northeast Minneapolis-based print studio. CO has featured artwork and installations from the likes of Aaron Draplin, 123Klan, Adam Garcia, Jennifer Davis, John Baizley, Jacob Bannon, and Santa Cruz Skateboards’ Jim Phillips.

Chip Kidd

Chip Kidd is an award-winning graphic designer and writer in New York. His groundbreaking book jacket designs for Alfred A. Knopf have elevated the form for close to three decades. He’s worked with hundreds of writers, including John Updike, Katharine Hepburn, Cormac McCarthy, Henry Louis Gates Jr., James Ellroy, Karen Russell, Michael Crichton, David Sedaris, Sharon Olds, Orhan Pamuk, Paul Simon, Neil Gaiman, and Haruki Murakami. His first novel, The Cheese Monkeys, was a national bestseller. His most recent book, Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design, is the first book to teach graphic design to children and has over 60,000 copies in print. As an editor and art director for Pantheon Graphic novels, he’s worked with and published some of the very best cartoonists in the world, including Chris Ware, Art Spiegelman, Dan Clowes, David Mazzucchelli, Charles Burns, Michael Cho, and Alex Ross. He is the recipient of the National Design Award for Communications, and his TED Talk has been viewed over 1.3 million times.

Norma Jeanne Maloney

Norma Jeanne Maloney has been in love with typography, graphic design, musical iconography and paint as far back as she can remember. In 1984 when she started painting signs for the race tracks in Lexington, Kentucky. Her Granny, Dessie Morris Spencer, a tiny and fiercely spirited, Appalachian woman was Norma Jeanne’s musical inspiration from the beginning, forever schooling her on the history and flavor of America’s musical roots. Her mother, Stella, encouraged Norma Jeanne to explore her infatuation with form and taught her to pursue visual excellence and most of all her own happiness.

Judy Schulz

Judy Schulz knows every side of a sheet of paper. A veteran in the paper industry for the past 20 years, she is an award-winning designer with mad skills on the two sided medium. Judy is the Director of Corporate Sales Promotion and Marketing for Olmsted-Kirk Paper, the friendliest and oldest paper company in Texas, 112 years strong. Her paper story was published in Uppercase Magazine and she consults regularly with creatives on their printing and paper choices. Judy is a ferocious paper enthusiast, iphoneographer, bookbinder, design geek, fontaholic, gadget girl and card carrying member of AIGA.

Dirk Fowler

Dirk Fowler is an Associate Professor of Art in Graphic Design at Texas Tech University and one half of f2design, an award winning design and printing studio in sunny Lubbock, Texas. He has created letterpress posters and illustration for clients such as Wilco, The New York Dolls, Columbia Records, Wired, Billboard, Texas Monthly and The New York Times. His work has been awarded by the American Advertising Federation, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Type Directors Club and Society of Publication Designers and has been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, Novum, PRINT, Communication Arts and numerous books including the Art of Modern Rock, New Masters of Poster Design and Impressive. He has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows in museums and galleries around the world, including international poster exhibitions in China, Mexico and Bolivia.

Zachary Horst

Zachary Horst is a colorful and over-the-top freelance designer, lettering artist and illustrator living just north of Austin in Georgetown, TX. He is always looking for ways to play with texture, color and pattern in his work, and thrives on experimenting with paper, cardboard and unexpected materials to build typography and explore the structure of letterforms in three dimensions.

Catherine Massaro

Fine artist Catherine Massaro holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute , having majored in painting and printmaking, and an MA from Utah State University. A lifetime of art-making with homes, studios, and careers in the creative field spanning seven different states, have served to enrich her creative journey and artistic growth. She currently has her own gallery and working studio in Johnson City, Texas.

The Amazing Hancock Brothers

Self-proclaimed “enfants terribles” of the Central Texas art world, Charles and John Hancock are much older than they let on — with Charles nearly on the AARP mailing list — but they are young at heart, despite the Viagra, stool softeners, and nervous pills littering their medicine chests. They rattle a bit when they walk.

Across the United States, they roll with the likes of the Dirty Printmakers of American and the infamous Outlaw Printmakers. In these nationally known groups, the Brothers are the elder statesmen, i.e. those old farts. Mostly the boys fly under the banner of the Amazing Hancock Brothers, a moniker they’ve used for years. Their art simmers in a grimy pot liquor of alienation, deformity, victimization, revenge, and their growing megalomania.

Masters of all (or damn near all) print mediums, they particularly excel in woodcuts and silkscreen prints, or mixed-media variants of either/all. Lately they have glommed onto pronto plates, stencils and rubber stamps. They also double-team on mixed-media prints, where genre and identity blur. Of special note: The Bros use exotic material such as mattress covers, plastic, metal flashing, Little Mermaid bed sheets, discarded school chalkboards and whatever they find handy to print on. Beware.

Nanibah “Nani” Chacon

Nanibah “Nani” Chacon, is a Dine (Navajo) and Chicana artist. Most recognized as a painter and muralist. Nani was born in Gallup, New Mexico and grew up both in Chinli, Arizona and in Corrales, New Mexico. Her clan is To dich iini (bitter water) and born for Chicano people.

At 16 she was introduced to graffiti and began a prolific career as a graffiti writer, and continued this practice for the next 10 years, with the pregnancy and birth of her son, Nani gave up the world of street graffiti and began exploring other mediums and developed strong aptitude in painting, illustration and design. Nani’s work is figu-rative based, while subject matter explores ideas of, indigenous culture, traditional-ism and modernism.

Nani, currently exhibits across the United States. She has maintained a career as a Painter Muralist and Educator and Activist. In 2004 she received her Bachelor’s in Art Education from the University of New Mexico. In 2012, she returned to the realm of public arts in the realm of Murals, Her work has been recognized for its unique style and attention paid to site specificity. As Nani continues to work in the field of large Murals a portion of her content is used to address social, environmental and political justice issues which effect Native people. Her work brings forth a dialogue between culture and contemporary social perspectives; many times acting as a narrative to traditional ideas amongst the current cultural climate.

Yama Ploskonka

Again facing unemployment in late 2015, Yama attempts, again, to imitate ancient woodblock prints but just couldn’t afford paper that felt right. “I can make my own paper!” was the epiphany this time. However, the general absence in Austin, Texas, of 15th century thick-wool sheep, or workers that rejoice in sixpence pay for 16-hour days complicates replicating Middle Ages materials…

Hacking together post-modern tools and equipment designed for something else entirely, being quite a mutt (“eclectic”) as to skills, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, Prof.Mtro. Yamandu Zavish Ploskonka y Rivas, DSLL, nowadays can press print on good sustainable paper where the laid pattern mimicks incunable-era wire moulds, the surface the mediæval curly coarse felts.

Yet, as it turns out, as nice or era-accurate those may be, the product or tools are not what matters. Meeting the wabi-sabi of this silent and unseen sidekick to civilization, paper delivers some undefinable quality in its making. Handmade paper, with naturally distinctive deckle edges, texture, signatures of individual Creation, becomes support for further human creativity and uniqueness. As quiet as store-bought, but alive.