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KATE HUSH: SHE BENDS

Kate Hush’s journey with neon started in 2012 and she hasn’t looked back since. “I can’t imagine doing what I do in any other medium, the color, the light, the interaction with the environment around it,” Kate said. “There’s a big attraction factor to it. Not to knock on other materials, but you put neon next to a photograph, no one’s looking at the photograph.” ABOUT Being a film buff, Kate’s artistic journey has most been influenced by actresses Kathleen Turner and...

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ROXY ROSE: SHE BENDS

She was born around neon, and we wouldn’t be surprised if she was blowing glass before she started talking—yes you guessed it we are talking about Roxy Rose. HOW IT STARTED Roxy’s grandfather started a neon manufacturing company back in 1946 in Glendale, CA so needless to say, she knows the ins and outs of the neon world. She started glassblowing full time in 1978, giving her 40+ years of experience in this world. “My favorite aspect of neon is that...

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ALLESON BUCHANAN: SHE BENDS

“It was neon’s powerful glow that hooked me-but the fire is what sealed my fate,” these are the words that our next She Bends artist highlight, Alleson Buchanan said as she was describing her love for neon. HOW IT STARTED Alleson’s love for neon began when she was an undergrad at Cascade College in Portland. She saw artist Joseph Kosuth's "Five Words in Orange Neon" at the Portland Art Museum. Alleson was immediately “drawn to the glow.” “There was a palpable magnetism...

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BROOKE BARTTELBORT: SHE BENDS

Our next artist highlight is Brooke Barttelbort.  Brooke is a cat-mom to Whisky and plant-mom to her ever-growing collection of plants, she is a lover of museums but also street art, and enjoys a good spooky movie or haunted house (perfect timing for this blog), as she is a Halloween baby. When Brooke isn’t bending glass, she loves to travel and take photographs of her adventures.  You can find her listening to true crime, hanging out in a tiki bar,...

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MERYL PATAKY: SHE BENDS

The next artist that we are highlighting is the one and only, Meryl Pataky.   HOW IT STARTED Young Meryl opted into taking a neon class at The Academy of Art when she was getting her undergrad in Sculpture. Before neon she was used to welding, silversmithing and working with materials that proposed to be a challenge for her. “I have always been drawn to materials that offer me resistance in some way,” Meryl said. “It was a challenge. I was, and...

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JESS KRICHELLE: SHE BENDS

This week we are proud to highlight neon artist Jess Krichelle! Jess has been fabricating neon since 2018 and since then has thrown herself in the fires, literally and figuratively speaking, to learn all that she can about the physics and art form of all things neon. HER WORK/COMMUNITY “I am fascinated by the natural world being destroyed and replaced by humans and technology,” Jess said. “I wanted to create my very own dystopian portrayal of an electrified waterfall surrounded by...

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