As an elementary school teacher, Linda Adamson attended an arts conference for teachers in 2010 and became enchanted with book arts through an inspiring presentation taught by Margo Klass. It was the beginning of a journey filled with learning bookmaking skills and developing a platform of artistic expression. Linda has also recently entered the field of book repair at the Literacy Council. All of these experiences have fulfilled her dream of being an ongoing learner. Now as a newly retired teacher, Linda is passing on this new found knowledge by teaching book art classes. Linda Adamson is on the board of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild.
Born in Switzerland, Maïté moved to Fairbanks in 2005. While working as an educator in cultural and scientific settings, she explored different media (wood carving, ceramic, fabric), before finding in puppetry the heart of her eclectics interests. The passion was born, and the exploration is never ending. She took various classes from professional puppeteers in Prague, USA, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Iceland, and continues to learn different kinds of puppet construction and manipulation. She shares shadow puppetry in schools and offers puppet camps in the summer, and hopes to continue to grow and share more of her work in the years to come while inspiring a new generation of puppeteers and visual storytellers. You can see more of her work on chakpuppetry.org.
Maïté lives in the Alaskan wood with her husband and two children.
Deb has presented nationally and internationally on the topic of risk management, emergency action planning, and wilderness medicine.…Read More
Deb is a senior lead instructor for Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) and is a member of the WMA faculty committee. She has spent more than 2,000 days in remote areas of Alaska and the world and has taught medicine in the U.S., Chile, Ecuador, Morocco, Japan, China, Malaysia, and Spain.
Deb has presented nationally and internationally on the topic of risk management, emergency action planning, and wilderness medicine. In 2012, Deb was awarded the Charles (Reb) Gregg Award in recognition of “exceptional leadership, service, and innovation in wilderness risk management,” and in 2014 she was awarded the Paul K. Petzoldt Award “for excellence in wilderness education.” Ms. Ajango has written two books on safety education and risk management. The second book, Lessons Learned II: Using Case Studies and History to Improve Safety Education, is used as a text book in a variety of colleges and university across the country.
She received her Master of Science degree in clinical psychology and education from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Kirsten Aune lives and works in Duluth, Minnesota. Her textiles have been widely exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. Held in collections in the upper Midwest, Sweden, France, Finland, Switzerland, Japan and The East and West Coast of the United States. She has taught at The American Swedish Institute, Concordia Language camp, Duluth Art Institute and in Estonia at the Haapsulu Art School, among other venues. http://www.kirstenaune.com
James L. Baird began his practical education in seventh grade industrial arts classes. An informal apprenticeship in auto body and frame repair followed at age13 and continued throughout high school and summers during college. After serving in the US Air Force and working as a driver/mechanic for a tour company in Europe and Asia he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education at Iowa State University in Ames. An opportunity to teach vocational auto mechanics brought him to Fairbanks in August 1976 where he built his own house and completed the FAA Airframe and Powerplant Certificate program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He retired from the school system to share his enthusiasm for industrial arts with a wider group of students.
Richard came to Alaska from Minnesota in 1974 and has extensive experience with northern forest ecosystems, wood lore and survival techniques. “In the woods the knife is a very important tool. You can use it to make other tools, shelters, make shavings for fire starting or cut an apple in half to share with a friend.”
I have always been intrigued by the intricate details of Ukrainian eggs. The history and symbols they use to decorate the eggs have much meaning and the culture and customs behind creating these eggs is a year round event in Ukrainians’ daily lives.
I enjoy this art form as almost any age that can draw can decorate an egg and I have taught ages 5 through adults to make these eggs.
Raised in the deciduous forests and salt marshes of New England, Tricia grew up camping and exploring the outdoors. Her undergraduate studies in ecology brought field work on everything from turtles and coyotes to bats and birds–from Cape Cod to Queensland, Australia. She moved west and north, looking for wild places to work and play, and discovered a love of teaching along the way. She led backcountry and camping trips for kids and families from Massachusetts to Oregon, and eventually ventured north to Alaska where she led the the Alaska Bird Observatory’s education program for almost a decade.
Tricia has been with the Alaska Songbird Institute since its inception in 2013. As the Executive Director, she leads ASI’s daily operations, programs, fundraising, and finances, and works with the Board of Directors to provide overall strategic guidance.
Tricia holds a B.S. in Biology from Boston College and an M.S. in Ecological Education from Lesley University.
I am a jeweler living and working in Brooklyn. Growing up in the south I learned quilting, sewing, and embroidery from my mother and grandmother. Reuse and recycling of textiles, metal, etc. are an important part of my process. I enjoy the idea of keeping a part of the past and making it new. I love visiting my family in Alaska and am always inspired by the beautiful landscape.
Ryan Bowers is a bassist and singer/songwriter from Fairbanks. He started singing as a child, started playing for dances at 13, and got his first bass at 17. Since then, he has been in a list of bands which includes Slightly Askew, Ice Jam, Outbound, Lost Dog Stringband, The Xtra-Tuffs, Eel House, Rock Bottom Stompers, The Norris Bowers Band, and Ryan Bowers And The Brain Trust. He studied voice at UAF, and bass and songwriting at Berklee College Of Music, and graduated from UAF in 2016 with a BA in Music. He has toured and recorded with many groups, and is about to release his first solo album Sweet Calamity, recorded and mixed in Fairbanks at 10th Planet Recording. Ryan has experience in a wide variety of styles, including bluegrass, old-time, country, folk, contra dance, rock, indie, jazz, pop, and chamber music. He has been teaching music camps and workshops since 2008, and taught at Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival in 2016. Ryan likes his pancakes with yogurt instead of syrup, and eats his cereal dry.
A recent arrival to Fairbanks, Alex Brede has more than 35 years of experience teaching woodworking to children and adults. He has taught every grade from K-5, as well as serving as a Title One Reading Specialist, during his last 30 years in the Bellingham Public Schools (in Bellingham, WA).
A dancer and choreographer in her earlier years, Bonni Brooks took a spinning class as a cure for cabin fever and immediately fell hard down the fiber arts rabbit hole. Bonni is a spinner and weaver, specializing in tapestry, rigid heddle looms and other work on small, easy to chuck in your backpack looms. She loves introducing people to the joys of working with fiber – from the healing aspect of holding fiber in your hands and feeling it slip through your fingers to the creativity that opens up when fiber newbies discover how very easy it is to get started!
Randy has been a hand tool kind of a wood craftsman for over 40 years. Roy Underhill of the Woodwright’s Shop has had a great influence on his approach to wood working projects. Randy has built numerous log cabins, dog sleds and toboggans, chairs, tables, benches, wooden bowls, birch bark canoes, and many other items over the years. He enjoys the opportunities provided by the Folk School to share his craft skills with others.
Boat-building: Bruce Campbell built his first canvas covered kayak at age 14, in 1966. His first plywood skiff in 1976, his first stitch and glue skiff in the early 1980’s, and finished his most recent plywood skiff this year. Prior Boat Series classes instructed include: Lap Clamps and Lapstrake Wooden Toolbox.
Cooking: Bruce Campbell started cooking over a campfire in 1963. At 14, while canoeing in Northern Manitoba, the group of older teens ran out of food, took their fishing seriously, and Bruce acquired a lifelong interest in planning and creating camp meals. A master of heat control with fire, Bruce’s cooking classes explore different aspects of campfire cooking, such as Dutch Oven camp cooking and more primitive forms of cooking.
Letterpress: Bruce Campbell originally learned how to use his grandfather’s Kelsey Letterpress 50 years. He has enthusiastically revived his family’s press at the Folk School and has become the resident expert on “all things letterpress”. Bruce is a current Folk School board member.
Susan Campbell arrived in Fairbanks, Alaska thirty years ago and found home. After three decades teaching elementary school, she has discovered new teaching and learning opportunities as a member of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild. An avid outdoor adventurer, she writes poetry and creates artist books inspired by her explorations of northern landscapes.
Alaska has, for 20 years now, been my place for gathering materials from the woods and turning them into functional things. I have made snowshoes and adventured with them, plus a birchbark canoe and 2 skin on frame canoes which all made summer-long trips. In Talkeetna I built my own log cabin and all the furniture in it, then I built another one so the first one could become a shop. In the shop I dabble in various woodworking projects but mostly spoon carving, snowshoe making, and canoes these days. I also enjoy recording bird songs, making herbal products, skiing, writing, and just hanging out in the woods. I work seasonally for ADF&G when I find time around my hobbies or I need the money.
Professor Emeritus of Ecology, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
I have studied climate effects on Alaskan ecosystems for the past 50 years. My research addresses the effects of changes in climate and wildfire on Alaskan ecology and rural communities. I explore ways that communities and agencies can develop options that increase sustainability of ecosystems and human communities over the long term despite rapid climatic and social changes. Through earth stewardship, I explore ways that society can proactively shape changes toward a more sustainable future through actions that enhance ecosystem resilience and human well-being.
Putt grew up in Fairbanks, and for years the only bread available in the house was typical, sliced, American-style bread. Out of self-defense, she started baking bread in the 8th grade. Later, in her late teens, she backpacked through Europe, sampling the hearty European breads in different countries. Inspired by this, and over the years through experimentation, she developed a recipe that requires little time, little kneading, satisfies the European-style itch, while also pleasing the American palate.
Sandy Clark has been teaching music in Fairbanks schools for almost 40 years. She is a founding member of Fairbanks Flutists and played in the Fairbanks Symphony for 30 years, until hand issues made it too difficult to play at that level. While singing in the Aurora Women’s Choir she joined some other members in starting a Ukulele group. Several years later, the group continues to meet weekly. Sandy says, “Almost anyone can play ukulele and enjoy the pleasure of making music with others!”