Abby Bliss White is a Health and Hormonal Balance Coach, detox specialist, yogi, personal trainer, clean beauty junkie and all-around food geek. Abby is the owner of Bliss Holistic Health. She specializes in helping women balance their hormones, boost their metabolism, lose weight and feel happy, healthy and whole again. Based in Portland, Oregon, Abby assists clients nationwide via phone, email and Skype. Abby is a detox specialist and studied with Dr. Alejandro Junger and the CLEAN Program Coaching team.
You can learn more about her work at: (www.detoxwithabby.com) Her coaching philosophy is based on bio-individuality. Her passion is creating lifestyle transformations for her clients by teaching them how to best support their body through proper nutrition and exercise. Trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, Abby has studied over 100 different dietary theories. She is also a certified Hormone Cure Coach through the Gottfried Institute. In addition to her academic training she also brings to her practice her own personal experiences, having overcome her own struggles with weight and digestive issues. Her work is about bringing your mind, body and spirit back into sync. Her mission is to bring JOY back to your life by teaching you to reconnect with yourself through food and body movement, in a positive and self-loving way. Abby has helped hundreds of clients lose weight, get their hormones back on track, detox their bodies and feel totally ready to embrace life again. She is head-over-heals in crazy love with what she does -- and I think you will be too. Abby loves running, yoga, juicing and enjoying time with her wonderful husband and two children.
Anna Berry has just retired from teaching 3rd and 4th grade for 27 years at Forest Hills Elementary in Lake Oswego. She is now enjoying life as a busy retiree! She spends a lot of her time, when not substituting at Forest Hills, working in her small art studio space at home creating something whimsical out of the many odd objects and supplies she has collected over the years. She always enjoyed teaching art to her students so spent quite a bit of time over the years collecting and perfecting projects and techniques to add to her repertoire of ideas.
Anna grew up in Northwest Portland and graduated from Lincoln High School and the University of Oregon and then attended Portland State University for her teaching license. She has an 18 year old son, Sam, and a big furry devoted labradoodle named Willow. She spends a lot of time with her new husband, Elliot, and friends in the bluegrass music community playing mandolin and singing. Summertime is full of camping and late nights playing music at all of the local bluegrass festivals in Oregon and Washington.
Corey cooked in a variety of restaurant kitchens in New York, Washington, and Oregon before getting a Masters Degree in Anthropology and embarking on a career as an anthropology instructor. That work evolved into his current position as author, speaker, and Director of Experience Strategy at Neologic, a digital agency and innovation lab.
While he seemingly has grown far from his food roots, cooking has always remained in his heart. Corey’s conviction that cooking is an expressive folk art that can be widely accessible and universally enjoyed led him to start the culinary instruction business Fat Salt Love. Corey teaches cooking classes of all kinds as proprietor of Fat Salt Love, as a Chef Instructor at Sur La Table, and as Culinary Instructor at the National College of Natural Medicine.
Erika grew up in Portland and has always had a love of all things food. Many of her early childhood memories take place in her grandmother’s kitchen making pies, peeling apples for applesauce, and sitting at her kitchen table stemming green beans picked from her garden. A graduate from the University of Oregon in 1999 (Go Ducks!), and later attended the former Western Culinary Institute where she graduated with honors in 2002.
Erika lives in Tualatin with her husband, 2 children, and dog. She loves hiking, puzzles, watching football, and cooking with her kids. She specializes in getting children to eat their veggies (sometimes without them even knowing it!), and while most people spend their summers outdoors in the sun, she spends hers in the kitchen…canning. Applesauce, jam, salsa, tomato sauce, ketchup, barbecue sauce, pickles, green beans, even Bloody Mary mix…you name it, she can can it. She is a a DIY’er in the kitchen and nothing makes her happier than a well stocked pantry full of homemade food.
Erin is the mama of two active boys, passionate culinary chameleon, fitness fanatic, and Chef /Owner of Now We’re Cookin’ ! who LOVES to makeover, transform, and create recipes and freestyle food ideas into magical creations.
Her personal mission is to inspire health and creativity in the kitchen, and to prove that anyone can prepare delicious food…and have fun doing it!
Her background in cooking spans the better part of 25 years, from teaching cooking lessons to high schoolers in Japan to vacationing travelers in Italy to healthy boot camp classes for chefs of all ages in Portland. A personal hobby of hers is to be a student of global cuisine wherever she and her husband are travelling, having studied in Tuscany, Thailand, New Orleans, and Portland.
Her first magical food creation memory was making rice crispy treats in Michigan with her Mom at age 8.
I am a Maker of all things wood and paint! My true passion is helping others create something they can be proud of...perfection is NOT my game. I believe that beauty is in the details and details are what makes each of my pieces special and memorable. We are all made to create..so even if you can't draw a straight line...you will leave my workshop with something you can brag about!
I am a fun-loving mom of 3 who LOVES a great cheesy joke! My sweet family and I live in Washougal and are ALWAYS on the hunt for a beautiful barn, old wood and colorful sunsets. We love going on drives down the gorge and soaking in all the inspiration nature has to offer! You can check us out on facebook @schoolhousesigns or our website at www.schoolhousesigns.com
Jennifer Foran www.jenniferlforan.com an artist living in Portland, Oregon. Her art reflects her love of nature. She draws her inspiration from the nature that surrounds her. A large body of her work entitled, the Noble Rhythm series, is inspired by views of Mt. Tabor Park in Portland. She continues to visit the park regularly for new ideas. She credits her son, Liam, and daughter, Lydia, for her ‘Change of Seasons’ series and her ‘Room to Grow’ series. The time spent with her son and daughter has made her slow down, go for more walks and be outside more often. Jennifer worked full time as an Elementary Art Specialist in Ridgefield, Washington where she established an art program in 2005. During this time, Jennifer provided art education to over 1,000 students in grades K-6. This experience allowed her to have the opportunity to work with young artists who intuitively expressed their creativity without hesitation or fear of mistakes.
Jennifer shows her work frequently throughout the Portland and Southwest Washington area. Jennifer has participated in local non-profit organization events such as the School & Community Reuse Action Project (SCRAP), Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center (PEAC) And the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership (LCREP). She also participates in community events such as the Buckman Elementary Art Show & Sell, da vinci Arts Middle School Art Fair and Portland Open Studios.
When people see her art she wants them to discover the cycles within nature; the soft-spoken reminder that everything is connected; a balance of give and take.
Katy Hadad-Dyler has been passionate about fashion and making beautiful things all her life! With more than twenty years of experience in the industry as an independent designer and teacher, she enjoys working with young creatives, teaching them about the design process including basic sewing. Her classes are fun, engaging and sure to inspire.
Katy is a graduate of the Art Institute with a Master’s in Education from Argosy University in Seattle. She is presently an adjunct faculty at the Art Institute of Portland and the designer of Tati & Me: Clothing for the Spirited Girl, a unique line of dresses for ages 1 through 10. She resides in Portland with her husband and three children.
Kim has been hand making cards and invitations for more than 12 years. Her cards have been sold in local boutique stores in Lake Oswego, Portland, and Oregon City. She has also been involved in the Art Literacy programs at the elementary school for many years!
Lisa Marie Grimm aka Madame G
Bonjour! I am passionate about offering French immersion experiences involving all things creative at Nic & Figs, in addition to Academic & Life Coaching for teens and women. One of my favorite things to do with groups is to foster a strong sense of fun, inspiration and inclusion while we learn and apply useful skills where the energy is contagious! In my life from a very early age, I wanted to speak French fluently, and I was determined. After two years living abroad, a major in French Literature from Reed College, service with Americorps, a Master’s degree in Education, 20 years of teaching high school French, singing with Zéphyr French Musique for 15 years, Academic and Life Coaching certification through John Andrew Williams’ coaching program, and travel, I am a near-native speaker and seasoned teacher. I would like to reach out to all at Nic & Figs with my passion for & experience with the French language, music, sewing, crafting, creative art journaling and all things vintage. A très bientôt!
Matthew Rhoades has distinguished himself as one of the most accomplished and respected design minds in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to serving as a former Global Creative Director at Nike, Matthew has more than two decades of experience as a professional industrial designer, during which he acquired a long list of awards and honors, 40+ patents, 2 different products with a combined 6 world records, and multiple global design awards such as an IDEA Gold Metal, Newsweek “Product of the Year” for a Disney boom box design. And, his Trek Y-Bike was named “Third most influential mountain bike of all time.”
Prior to Nike, Matt worked at various global design studios such as VP of Design at Lifestyledesign, Design Director at Fox Racing, Digital Design Manager at Frog Design (SF), and a Senior Designer at Trek Bicycle.
His exceptionally creative experience transcends traditional industrial design products to include all types of projects ranging from digital, brand strategy, cutting edge innovation, new business strategy, and design excellence. A few of his projects include the design of the Napster 2.0 web site, Apple OS9 logo, and the design of the winning 2013 Isle of Mann Moto TT Zero all-electric motorcycle. While at Nike, Matt worked on the innovation of the Nike+ FuelBand and Apple running accessories.
In addition to holding a B.S in Product Design from the Art Center College of Design, Matt also received an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management / New Product Development from Marylhurst University, Oregon.
Mentorship and teaching have always played an important part in the creative process. For this reason, Matt has committed himself to nurturing and advising the next generation of designers. To this end, he has spent the past 16+ years as an Adjunct Faculty / Professor at ACCD (5 years), University of Oregon (7 years), and PENSOLE Academy of Footwear Design (4 years). In 2014, Matt founded a publishing company Mattelab.com to produce DRAU Sketch Books, a series of footwear and automotive design sketch books intended to teach “sneakerheads” and car guys how to follow their dreams.
Megan's interest in food began at age 4 when her mother remarried and they were suddenly a family of ten. It was basically a dinner party every night (though her mother may disagree with the word 'party'). Being the youngest by far in a large family had her in the kitchen helping out while the others did their schoolwork and sports. She always loved cooking with my mother and still do when the opportunity strikes.
After earning a BS in Nutrition and Food Science/Chemistry Megan worked for a 'celebrity' chef (before celebrity chefs existed). After moving to Los Angeles she ventured into a new area of food making, packaging, and selling Fleur de Sel caramels.
Megan is currently working as a catering/personal chef work and offers cooking classes for children in her home. Getting children in the kitchen is so important- it gives them a sense of self and capability to nourish their bodies without all the packaged food that surrounds us and I am thrilled to be living in Oregon where we really take our food seriously!
Niki loves learning to make new things! She spends most of her creative time working with metal and leather... cutting, pounding, forming, sawing, soldering and stamping. She's the Nic of Nic & Fig's and she teaches jewelry classes, string art classes, himelli classes (modern brass art) and macrame plant holder and wall hanging classes. She looks forward to learning, making and laughing with you.
Sharice enjoys sharing in the creative process with both youth and adults. Some of her interests are processing natural fiber, spinning, knitting, sewing, wet and dry felting, and learning homesteading skills. She looks forward to meeting you at Nic & Figs!
The Lucky Larder was established by Traci Stenson Hildner to share her passion for local produce and her obsession with the art and science of food preservation. An avid gardener, it was those first few successful gardening years that led her to seek out various methods for extending the life of her harvest and reducing food waste, while developing new creations for her pantry. In addition to her own extensive research and regular kitchen experiments, Traci has completed Acidified Foods & Better Process Control training with the Oregon Process Authority and is a Master Food Preserver and Family Food Educator for the Oregon State Extension Service. Combining her education and experience in fruit and vegetable preservation with her master's degree in teaching, Traci loves sharing her knowledge and food passions with others.
Lelia Deykin Seropian is a Lake Oswego resident who has been teaching Kindergarten for 18 years in the Beaverton School District. She has worked with children of all ages in grades K-5. Lelia believes that children need opportunities to create art, and she loves to weave creative experiences into her instruction. Lelia has taught the popular “Hands on Art” summer camp in Lake Oswego for the past five summers.
When she is not teaching children, Lelia is working at designing and creating jewelry for her own local business, Joyosa Jewelry. Her jewelry is carried in several Portland shops, and Lelia holds public shows several times each year.