Maker's Hands

"You use your hands to fashion your character and your life." -Yoruba of Nigeria saying

Michael de Forest created sculptures of my hands (while felting) for our upcoming show "Hands in Water" at the Waterstone Gallery. He has documented his unique process for enlarging and sculpting his work in the photo album linked below.



September 4 - 29 • Portland, OR • Waterstone Gallery

 "Hands In Water" with Michael de Forest

   • Opening Reception: September 5th, 5-8pm

   • First Thursday: September 6th, 5-8pm

   • Artists' Talk: September 16th, 11am

Waterstone Gallery's September exhibition, Hands in Water, features experimental textiles by Kristy Kun and carved wood sculpture by Michael de Forest. As masters of their craft, both Kun and de Forest rely on the strength, knowledge and fluidity of movement in their hands to convey their ideas. In this exhibition, the artists explore the concept that our creativity is realized not only in our mind, but by our entire body.


November 3 - 4 • Portland, OR • Sitka Art Invitational

AWARDS & Recognition

2018 “Excellence in Fiber Art” • Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show • Juror: Elisabeth Argo, associate curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

2017 "Golden Spot" Residency • PNCA (Leland Iron Works)- Funded by The Ford Family Foundation

2017 Finalist • Lydon Emerging Artist Program (LEAP)- Awarded by the Society of Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

Northwest Designer Craftsman, juried member • NWDC was founded in 1954 to promote excellence of design and craftsmanship and to stimulate public appreciation and interest in fine craft.

SOLO Exhibitions

Lan Su Chinese Garden • October/ November 2017 • Portland, OR

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 Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR. December 2016. Photo, Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley

Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR. December 2016. Photo, Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley


Recycled Rain Project • July 2018 • Portland, OR • invited artist

The Great Ceramic Revival, invitational show • March 2018 

Society of Contemporary Craft • October - December 2017 • Pittsburgh, PA • featured artist

Starting from Darkness: Waterstone Gallery Group Show • January 2 - 28 2018 • Portland, OR

November 2017- Accumulating Energies: PNCA Group Show • Portland, OR • PNCA Mezzanine Gallery

June - July 2017- Portland Japanese Gardens • Behind the Shoji group show

March 2017- Waterstone Gallery- Two artist show with Shawn Demarest

Dec/ January 2017- Imogen Gallery- Pulp and Weave Invitational Show



Frogwood Collaborative • August 18th • Portland, OR

American Craft Council Show • August 3 - 5 • San Francisco, CA

 Cherry Creek Arts Festival • July 6 - 8 • Denver, CO

Gathering of the Guilds • April 27 - 29 • Portland, OR

Northwest Flower and Garden Show • February 7-11 2018 • Seattle, WA

American Craft Council • February 23-25 2018 • Baltimore, MD

November 2017- Sitka Art Invitational • Portland, OR

August 2017- American Craft Council Show- San Francisco (CA)

December 2016- 510 Holiday Gallery- Lake Oswego (OR)

November 2016- Wild Arts Festival- Audubon Society of Portland (OR)

November 2016- Sitka Invitational (OR)

September 2016- Art In the Pearl (OR)

August 2016- Frogwood Collaborative (OR)

August 2016-American Craft Council Shows (CA)

April 2016- Gathering of the Guilds (OR)

April 2016- American Craft Council Shows (MN)

March/ April 2016 Artists in Action Gallery Show at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center (MD)

February 2016- Studio Residency at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center (MD)

December 2015- Multnomah Arts Center (OR): Works from the Frogwood CoLab

December 2015- 510 Holiday Gallery (OR)

December 2015- Lakewood Center for the Arts (OR)


Opulent Fibers - Select Events/ Demonstrations/ Exhibitions

September 2015- Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival • Canby, OR (juror, felting division)

July 2015- Black Sheep Gathering • Eugene, OR

April 2015- Lan Su Chinese Gardens- Wool Pavilion • Portland, OR

April 2015- Gathering of the Guilds • Portland, OR

March 2015- Felter's Rendezvous • Estes Park, CO

September 2014- Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival • Canby, OR

October 2013- SOAR- Spin Off Autumn Retreat • St. Charles, IL

September 2013- Oregon Flock and Fiber • Canby, OR

August 2013- Felter's Fling • Williamsburg, MA

Aug- October 2013 Assist Felt Artist Janice Arnold with HeArt project

June, 2013- Black Sheep Gathering • Eugene, OR

June, 2013- Surface Design Association Convergence • San Antonio

May, 2013- Maryland Sheep and Wool • West Friendship, MD

April 2013- Whidbey Weaver's Guild Spin In • Oak Harbor, WA

February 2013- Madrona Winter Retreat • Tacoma, WA

October 2012- SOAR- Spin-Off Autumn Retreat • Tahoe City, CA

October 2012- Lambtown • Dixon, CA

September, 2012- Oregon Flock and Fiber OFFF • Canby, OR

August 2012- Midwest Felting Symposium • Madison, WI

July, 2012- Handweaver's Guild of America • Long Beach, CA

July, 2012- Yarnival! • Placerville, CA

June, 2012- Black Sheep Gathering • Eugene, OR

June 2012- N.W. Regional Spinners Association • Tacoma, WA

May 2012- CNCH • Oakland, CA

May 2012- Gathering of the Guilds • Portland, OR

February 2012- STITCHES West • Santa Clara, CA

June 2011- Surface Design Association Convergence • Minneapolis

Whit McLeod Furniture - Select Trade Shows/ Exhibitions...

American Craft Council Shows

Baltimore and San Francisco 2002-2007

Hands on CRAFT - Demonstrations/ Artisan Markets

December 2009 through Dec., 2010- Saturday Market • Portland, OR

Aug. 2009- Free handwork booth at Del Arte Festival • Bluelake, CA

July 2009- Free handwork booth at 4th of July Festival • Arcata, CA