Printer, Mixed Media, Ceramist, Bookmaker
Liza MacKinnon is a local artist working in a variety of mediums, including printmaking, textiles, mixed media, ceramics, letterpress, handmade books, pen and ink and acrylic painting. She landed in Lawrence six years ago and fell in love with the community and the Lawrence Arts Center in particular, spending all her free time in the print and ceramic studios. Liza is the owner and creative force behind MacKomics Studio. Her greeting cards and small gifts are for sale at the Community Mercantile and at the Phoenix Gallery in downtown Lawrence. Liza participates in local Arts and Crafts Shows, Final Fridays, and has shown her fine art at Krzyz Studio in Kansas City, the Cider Arts Gallery, the Lawrence Public Library, the Lawrence Art Center, KPR Studios, and the 1109 Gallery in Lawrence. Liza teaches both children and adults at the Lawrence Arts Center and the Lawrence Public Library. Classes for adults have included: Fascinating Fascinators, Image Transfer Techniques, Introduction to Book Binding, Artisan Creatif, Yarn and Fabric Wrapped Wreaths, and Explorations in Paper Sculpture. Classes for youth have included Graphic Novels, Book Binding, Plushies and Stuffed Animals, Upcycled Accessories, Dios de los Muertos mini-shrines, DIY paper dolls, Magic Treehouse reading club, Spring Break Guerrilla Art Camp with KT Walsh, Summer Art Camps, and New Box London City with Juniper Tangpuz. Liza grew up in Zig Zag Oregon and Boulder Colorado, earning a BS in Geography in 1987 from the University of Colorado. She lived for 20 years in Seattle before moving to Lawrence in 2007. Liza has one splendid daughter and two crazed Boston Terriers.Browse All Classes
Adults / 14 and Up
Learn to make books! Students will successfully build multiple forms, from simple (pamphlet and flutter) to cloth-covered hardbound (codex), exposed stitch (coptic) and soft leather binding (long stitch). Session also includes instruction on paste paper, paper marbling and box making.
Adults / 14+
Gather together for an impromptu sewing circle and learn up to 12 different traditional and modern 3-d fabric manipulations. Basic sewing skills recommended, however most forms require minimal stitching and many even rely on hot glue. You will leave the workshop flush with the skills and samples to embellish and accessorize your home, your art and even yourself.