Christine Trexel makes special boxes. “It is intensive hand work. And, I like the piece to have a function.” From her days helping those with neurological deficits back to health as a former occupational therapist, Christine puts her heart and soul into her work. “
In addition, Christine makes papers from natural fibers. From her yard she uses plants like artichoke, lemon grass, and iris leaves. Christine’s lifetime of service to others has not stopped during the pandemic. She shares her art with others. Getting in touch with other people, with other artists is what she finds rewarding. Christine also repairs books that have been damaged or are worn from use.
Lyn Cohn is a snowbird, a summertime resident on the Oregon coast who migrates to another state during the wintertime. She creates lovely, functional, and unique bowls on her potter’s wheel and carves a distinctive marker’s mark with a winking face. Wheel thrown pottery is her obsession.
“Fabric, needle, and thread became a part of my experience at an early age. Mother gave me a needle and thread of my own when I was about five and I embroidered my first tea towel. The desire to embellish is inherent in me. Art is everywhere. With a studio filled with machines and fabrics which had been gathered over the years is my creative haven now. I design quilts, utility items and, dare I say, art work, without restraint. Dreams keep me motivated.”
Textile artist Betty Huffman
Why is working with your hands good, you ask?
They actually produce endorphins, reducing your stress and anxiety levels. Working with your hands is a way of improving your mental health. They’re also a great way to relieve stress, improve neuroplasticity, and work on your skills, concentration, and calmness.
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