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 & Wes Winship

Mike Davis and Wes Winship are the co-owners 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 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, 110 years strong. Her paper story was recently told in Uppercase Magazine and she writes about her hand-picked inspiration on her blog. Judy is a ferocious paper enthusiast, iphoneographer, bookbinder, design geek, fontaholic, gadget girl and card carrying member of AIGA.