As a graphic
facilitator, I create conceptual maps of conversations. These
images help clients navigate the complex territory of their meetings,
workshops, and conferences. I work in a large scale format and
in real time, visually synthesizing the discussions.
If you're wondering
what in the Sam Hill that means, watch this video:
getting clients' ideas out of their heads and onto paper
so they can see what the heck they are saying. Spatial superstar,
my strength is seeing connections between thoughts and organizing
them into the bigger picture. Since 1996, I have facilitated groups
from two to one thousand in the biotechnology, consulting, education,
finance, food, medical, technology, transportation and utilities
YOUth Summit at Harold Washington Public Library, March 2010.
Learn more about that Applause-O-Meter here.
View many more pics of this event here.
was a board member, conference speaker coordinator and volunteer
for our professional organization, the International
Forum of Visual Practitioners. I designed training in the
skills of listening, organizing, synthesizing and drawing for
those entering the field. I'm currently developing a set of video
tutorials. The introductory one can
be seen here. Sign up for
my newsletter if you want to keep abreast of the training. My
work has been published internationally and can be seen at GraphicFacilitator.com.
an artist, I mix drawing, collage
and silkscreening. In 1996, I earned a BA in Studio Art from
Grinnell College with
a focus on intaglio printmaking. Now I create small
editions of silkscreens with Print Gocco. In collage,
I love making connections between scraps of paper and composing
them into the bigger picture.
As a crafter,
I used to make everything under the sun. Then my arms
nearly fell off. Now I tend to stick to sewing. In quilting,
I love sewing together scraps of fabric and composing
them into the bigger picture. I also love making various
I adore the low-brow
craft triumverate of felt, sequins and glitter. I self-medicates
with "craft therapy" making things like ornaments.
helped found the Chicago
Craft Mafia and was a member 2005-2009.
For what it's worth,
I'm not too bothered with distinguishing art from craft. Making
stuff makes me happy.
in the power of drawing as a thinking tool. Countless people have
shared stories of where and when they were told they couldn't
draw. Then they stopped. This breaks my heart. To mend my broken
heart, I'm developing TheDrawingSwitch.com.
Please take a look.
If any of
my work inspires you to create anything, I am THRILLED.
In the spring of 1999,
I launched Loosetooth.com to document
all of my work: art, craft, graphic facilitation, digital photography
and blogging. Since 2003, I've tracked over two million visitors
to this website. I was an avid blogger from about 2000 to 2007.
Then I got too darn busy to live my life and blog about
my life. I now blog in fits and starts over
love living in Chicago with a a very handsome cat named Gunther.
I watch many, many movies, especially spy and heist flicks. I
enjoy singing torchsongs loudly. I hope you're enjoying my site.
I have a steadfast belief in DIY
culture. I believe in learning with one's body, hands and eyes
along with one's brain. Again, I think drawing is a fantastic
thinking tool and I want to smack the parent or teacher who told
you you couldn't draw. I think making, resusing and fixing stuff
is way sexier than buying it.
percolating on some offerings. Teaching folks what I know and
love, helping folks learn, problem solve and communicate in new
ways. I think that'll mean packages that include a mix of reading,
listening and watching.