Judilee Fitzhugh is a textile artisan who specializes in natural plant dyes and couture sewing. A tour of duty in Japan with the U.S. Navy led to a profound Japanese influence and a lifelong affection for indigo and plant fibers. She gained her Certificate in Craft at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2002 and taught in the BFA and Studio School programs until the school’s closure in 2019. Her finely crafted work combines natural objects with vintage fabric remnants, hand weaving, and surface design to portray a single moment in history.
Marilyn Robert has worked in the field of textile design and fiber art since the 1980s. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Fibers from the University of Oregon. She has been the recipient of grants and awards, including a Japan Foundation Artist Grant in 1997 to travel in Japan for study of traditional indigo-dyed textiles and contemporary fiber art. Her artwork is exhibited internationally. She is the author of several articles about textiles and enjoys curatorial work. She taught for thirteen years at Lane Community College as head of the Fibers program and as an adjunct Fine Arts professor at the University of Oregon, both in Eugene, Oregon. Marilyn is the co-founder of Eugene Textile Center and currently travels, lecturing and teaching workshops. In 2001, she organized a textile tour to Turkey, where she returned in 2012 for the First International Textile Conference in Istanbul. She teaches both surface design techniques, such as dyeing, printing, mechanical and chemical manipulations of cloth, as well as handweaving. Marilyn is passionate about dyeing with botanical dyes and continues to teach and to learn more about this, her favorite subject.
Born and raised in Japan and now living in Portland, Yuki Martin is an artist, instructor, and writer with a special interest in origami. She has taught origami at schools, libraries, camps, elderly facilities, and events since 2007. She loves promoting this profound form of art that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Yuki’s work has been featured at the Oregon Zoo, Oregon Historical Society, Portland Japanese Garden, Portland Art Museum, on OPB’s Oregon Art Beat, and many more. Yuki is an active member of the national origami society, OrigamiUSA. She has written articles, served as a Japanese/English translator, and served as a local lead organizer for the Pacific Coast OrigamiUSA Convention 2019 in Portland.
Yuki is also the author of the Super Cute Origami Kit (Tuttle Publishing).