Karen was born in Massachusetts, attended Mass College of Art with a concentration in textile design and printmaking.
Her primary areas of study have been in woven as well as printed fabrics with a focus on dyeing and hand manipulation of fabrics.
She spent 15 years in Mexico producing hand printed silks as well as working with the prison population producing a line of goods which she sold at her gallery in San Miguel.
After returning to the states she embarked on a career in journalism post-Katrina in New Orleans, she has secretly never given up her work in textiles.
You can contact Karen on our contact page or directly at karen.gadbois at gmail dot com.
Kate McNee- Founding Artist
Kate was born in England and raised for much of her childhood in London. She moved to Los Angeles in her teenage years, her family following her film editor father’s work to Hollywood. As a young adult, she moved to San Francisco where she ran a Montessori preschool.
Kate moved with her husband and daughter to New Orleans in 1990.
Kate works in a variety of art forms. She creates costume pieces in the New Orleans Mardi Gras and other traditions, and locally is known for her elaborate headpieces from the runway to local shops and art markets. She has worked with nutria pelts (an invasive and wetland destroying animal with beautiful fur) to create practical and adorning pieces. Currently she is focusing on her clothing designs, from hand knit sweaters to sewn dresses.
Kate covers the extremes in fashion. From fanciful costumes and headdresses for Carnival and Halloween to comfortable, easy to wear everyday clothing.
Kate lives in New Orleans (when she is not in Crosby, MS), where costumes play an important part in our lives, especially during the Mardi Gras season.
Then comes summer and the brutal heat. Linen is the best fabric to wear during our long summer months. Hence the chemise dresses available in the store- Kate lives in them.
In autumn and winter, Kate's light mohair/silk sweaters are perfect for cool evenings.
Contact Kate at BurgundyKate at gmail dot com, or via our contact page.
Peter Horjus- Founding Artist
Peter was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He moved to New Orleans at the age of 25 to work as an animal trainer, and later attended Tulane where he got his master’s degree in public health.
Peter worked as a survey statistician for the United Nations World Food Programme for over a decade, living in places across the globe, including Haiti, Senegal, Italy, Mozambique, Afghanistan, and Laos. But he always returned home to New Orleans.
His primary area of artistic work is in fabric, focusing on quilts. He employs traditional quilt construction techniques using a variety of dyed fabrics. He’s fond of linen cloth and wool batting.
Peter also also makes portraits in fabric, using raw edge applique and other techniques drawn from his quilting practice. See more of this work at www.peterjohnhorjus.com
Contact Peter at phorjus at gmail dot com or via our contact page.
Seth Damm- Guest Artist
Seth Damm, also knows as his product brand Neon Zinn, has been a regular presence at The Crosby Schoolhouse since its inception, lending a hand in the renovations, and spending time in the studios. Seth handcrafts jewlrey primarily using rope as his medium, transformed through a meticulous process into creations ranging from everyday necklaces for both men and women to large wearable works of art.
See more about Seth, his work, and where he's in stock HERE, and find his online store HERE.
Aida Schooler- Guest Artist
Aida Schooler was born and raised in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. She currently resides in New Orleans, where she works primarily with clay. When the kiln is cooling she works in the garden.
You can contact Aida directly at aidaschooler at gmail dot com, and you can see more of her work on her instagram, @aidaschooler and her Facebook pottery site HERE.
Ana Treffinger- Guest Artist
Ana Treffinger was born and raised in New Orleans. She is a graduate of NOCCA and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus in fibers and drawing. She is currently working primarily on clothing inspired by classic silhouettes with fun and unexpected elements. When not working on art, she is baking sourdough or fermenting something. You can see her current work (as well as photos of bread and kombucha) on her instagram @atreffinger. She can be reached directly at atreffinger at gmail dot com.
Luke Koeferl- Guest Artist
Luke Koeferl was born and raised in New Orleans. He is interested in making images which display the beauty of everyday life and mundane comforts. With an emphasis on contrast and pattern, he makes prints using traditional linocut techniques. He can be reached on his instagram @lukekoef and emailed at koefel.uw at gmail dot com.