mixed media artist and teacher

I grew up in a family without a television. In order to avoid having to do additional chores when bored, I kept busy by learning to knit, sew, crochet, weave, spin, and quilt. After high school I spent a year in Norway studying textile folk arts and apprenticing to a traditional tapestry weaver. I left college after two years to open a weaving business in 1975 with a friend and have never looked back.


For the last 14 years I have been exploring the world of surface design through classes and deep experimentation on my own. Known for innovative work with disperse dyes, I focus on discovering new uses for this exciting, yet largely ignored class of dyes including being the first to recognize and develop its potential for marbling. I have taught and sold work nationally and abroad.

I have served on the boards of the Surface Design Association and North Country Studio Workshops and spent many years supporting local art teachers by volunteering to lead art workshops in elementary and middle school. I firmly believe that everyone is artistic. I delight in sharing tools and techniques to bring the joy of creation alive.

Photo: Lisa Grey, daughter Nora S. Happny traveling in Scandinavia