Nathan Kroms Davis, PHD: CoFounder & CTO
Nathan Kroms Davis has worked in music, technology, art, math, and finance. His current creative projects are attempts to use technology to craft a more embracing humanism. His current technical work focuses on artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Tom Weis: CoFounder & Lead Educator
Tom is a designer, educator and co-founder of the design firm Hello. We are _____. He teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence and at the Watershed School in Camden. Tom has a wide-ranging background that includes boat building, furniture making, and product design. He has an MID in Industrial Design from RISD, and his work has been seen in the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Time Magazine and the New York Times.
Julie O’Rourke: CoFounder & Creative Director
Julie is co-founder of WHEREDOYOUGOTO//Design Co., a creative studio specializing in connecting independent brands with their audiences. She is also co-owner of One & Supp, an event design collaborative. And Co-Founder of Muwin Collective. Julie trained at the Rhode Island School of Design with a focus in Textile Design. Her years since then have been spent teaching at Cow House Studios in Ireland, assisting artist Dave Cole, and helping create spectacular parties and pop-up shops with David Stark Designs.
Dave Bell is a passionate web developer, graphic designer, and IT/business systems and marketing specialist who loves all things technology and design. Having recently moved from Australia, started a family, and fallen in love with Rockland, Dave is now devoted to applying his extensive skill set with the goal of furthering local businesses and Rockland's community. Dave is the founder of Designify, a young web design, marketing and business consultancy established with the aim of achieving these goals.
Ariel Hall is an interdisciplinary artist working across genres to explore notions of selfhood, place, and corporeal epistemologies. Her background is primarily in performance art; she holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU. Over the years, Ariel has worked as assistant to artist Anne-Katrin Spiess, styled and managed events, and designed commercial and residential interiors. She currently performs at the Museum of Modern Art, programs art events for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, is on the curatorial team for TEDxDirigo, and serves as Editor for the online publication Orature. She is in the nascent phases of launching a line of functional art objects.
A member of Steel House since 2014, Alexis Iammarino is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Rockland, Maine. She offers SaturdayStudio, a free arts mentorship program at the Rockland Recreation Center for community and teens, and supports a number of community-led arts leadership initiatives, including public and mural arts. She is also a teaching artist working with RSU #13, local museums and galleries, and is the Creative Arts Coordinator for the Wayfinder School’s Camden campus. She has worked as an artist/educator for the Bright StARTs art program at School 33 Art Center/BOPA in Baltimore, with artists of Dance Exchange on multiple projects with Baltimore City youth, and for the Society for Art Publications of the Americas at the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco. She relocated to Maine in 2011 after receiving her MA in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art.
Jo Lis has nearly two decades of experience as an interactive creative director and senior technology consultant for large firms like Perry Ellis, Dow Jones, and Johnson & Johnson. His passion, though, is creating engaging products and brand experiences that empower small and medium-sized companies to successfully compete in the global marketplace. Combining multidisciplinary expertise across technology, aesthetics, and UX fields, Jo develops products and experiences that deliver exponential value to users and extended communities. Jo’s solutions harness and tame both proven and progressive technologies to help clients grow their businesses efficiently and holistically.
Kate Sfeir is a photographer and graphic designer from Santiago, Chile. After studying marketing and graphic design in Miami, she honed her skills as a graphic and web designer for fifteen years before focusing on photography. As an architectural photographer, she has traveled throughout North America and the Caribbean to capture unique still images of high-end boutiques and spas. Her work with top designers in Miami has led to photographs in Florida Design, Florida International Magazine, Miami Home Decor, and Fisher Island Magazine.
A love of the outdoors and her connection with Maine Media Workshops + College has brought her to Maine, where she now calls Camden home. She continues to work on editorial and commercial photography and is always open to new projects and collaborations. To learn more about her work, please visit www.katesfeir.com.
Richard Reitz Smith is a native of Pennsylvania, studied painting in Pittsburgh (Carnegie Mellon University) and graphic design in Philadelphia (Tyler School of Art). In 2003, he and his partner moved to Camden, Maine from New York City, where he lived for 10 years. In New York, Richard was a director of package design for Clinique Cosmetics, a corporate designer for Champagne Veuve Clicquot, and a freelance designer for various companies like Macy’s, The American Craft Museum, Scholastic Publishing, and The Gap. Since then, Richard has run his own art and design studio in Camden—DesignSmith Creative Ventures. He has worked with national clients, but mostly with Maine businesses like Cellardoor Winery, Maine Winery Guild, and Salt Bay Chamberfest. Through a partnership with Graffam Solutions, he designed promotional material for Penobscot River Restoration Trust, The Frannie Peabody Center, and Grow Smart Maine, to name a few. Richard also served as art director at Briggs Advertising in Bath, Maine, and stationery designer for William Arthur Stationery in Kennebunkport. His fine art work is eclectic and crosses many mediums (painting, drawing, printmaking, book arts), with themes of nature, loss, discovery and self-identity. www.designandsmith.com
Karin Spitfire is an artist who chooses her medium to match her need for expression. Starting out as a dancer and performance artist, Spitfire’s current major forms are poetry and artist books that lend themselves to the use of movement, words and all manner of image making, including panting, printmaking, and letterpress printing.
Spitfire has studied book arts at USM with Rebecca Goodale, at Haystack and Penland with Eileen Wallace, as well as Japanese paper making at Haystack, painting with Joy Vaughan, printmaking with Dina Petrillo, and writing with Barbara Maria.
Spitfire is the author of "Standing with Trees" and "Wild Caught", a poetry chapbook. Her poetry has been published in numerous print and online literary magazines, and she was Poet Laureate of Belfast, ME in 2007-8. Spitfire has had a long career as a body worker and movement therapist specializing in utilizing the body-mind connection for healing and expression.
Irene Yadao made her way to Maine seven years ago by way of San Diego, New York, and New Mexico. She has written and edited for the likes of The Village Voice and the San Diego Union-Tribune, and currently pens profiles for Maine and Old Port magazines, as well as food pieces for the EatMaine blog. She studied journalism at San Diego State University and earned her MFA in creative writing from Naropa University. A lover of powerful storytelling in written word, radio, and film, she has worked as festival coordinator for the Camden International Film Festival, and is currently working on a documentary web-based project about the experience of growing up as a twin. When not at her computer, she plays roller derby for the Rock Coast Rollers.
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