STEM show at Schack

For those preparing for the STEM Schack show, click here to view Lin McJunkin's video about the use of STEM in art. (This same link is also in the prospectus.)

Chris Maynard: Feather Artist - video available to watch

Chris Maynard's wonderful lecture at the BAM last month for our first Quarterly Program is now available to watch online via YouTube. This is an unlisted YouTube link, so anyone with the link can watch the video, but you can't find it by searching, and it doesn't show up on the publicly visible list of videos available on the NWDC YouTube channel. Feel free to share the link with anyone you like: or watch below.

Chris Maynard spent his youth in the mountains and rain forests on the Washington Pacific Coast. Three wonderful but bothersome sisters encouraged him to take refuge in the damp woods, where he would lie in the moss looking at birds in the tall trees. This early interest in birds led him to fill notebooks with bird studies, drawings and stories that he now uses to create detailed cut-outs using tools to cut and arrange feathers in shadow box designs. His favorite tools are the tiny eye surgery scissors, forceps, and magnifying glasses passed down through his family.

Maynard combines his strong background in biology and ecology into engaging and informative talks about art and the beauty, function, and meaning of feathers. Since bird feathers represent flight, transformation, and a bridge between our present lives and our dreams, so Maynard is grateful that his work has hit a soft spot in the hearts of many people and cultures. His work is in museums, galleries, and private collections in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia.

He is a member of The Society of Animal Artists and of Artists for Conservation. Maynard's book, "Feathers: Form & Function," highlights his art while telling stories about what feathers are, how they affect the lives and flight of birds, and why we find them so alluring. Signed copies of his book are available in the BAM bookstore. provides more information about Maynard’s work.


NWDC Art and a Living Wage Panel 2016


A panel discussion arranged by Brian O'Neill for Northwest Designer Craftsmen (Date: February 10, 2016

Peter Benarcik - Product design, architecture,
Anita Feng - Ceramics, sculpture,
Deborah Schwartzkopf - Ceramics, 
Catherine Grisez - Jewelry,
Julie Conway (Glass,

Click Here to go to the NWDC YouTube channel to view all the Living Treasures Videos