Chelsea Heffner is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer and teacher residing in White Salmon, WA and Portland, OR. Early years were occupied with painting and printmaking, developing into a current practice tangled in the world of textiles, teaching, business and creative consulting. Regardless of the medium or objective, the work will always be a product of basic observation. Nature’s patterns of light & weather, cycles of death and rebirth share equal inspiration with fundamental questions about female identity, habits of dress and objects of personal representation. Heffner’s images, objects and products, often exalt, sometimes question, and frequently become seamlessly integrated as pieces of everyday life.
She has studied at the Hodgeschool voor de Kunsten in Utrecht, Netherlands and received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence RI (2005) and her MFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland OR (2009). Heffner has participated in residencies at Haystack Mountain School for Crafts, (Deer Isle, Maine) as well as YestermorrowDesign/Build school (Vermont) and with artists, Mark Dion and J.Morgan Puett at Mildred’s Lane (Pennsylvania).
In addition to teaching in the Foundation & Thesis Departments at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Heffner has worked for the past 4 years in the field of textile design, marketing and branding her work under the label plainMADE. This work has been featured in Vogue Knitting, Real Simple,Martha Stewart, and Sunset Magazine as well as on numerous design and fashion blogs. plainMADE textiles and accessories were sold in museum stores, and boutiques across the country.
Currently, Heffner has shifted her focus to new projects, such as WildCraft Studio School, an experiment in art &craft education that focuses on integration with the natural environment and collective inquiry, and DyeShare, an open-source archive of experiments in natural dying, launching online in 2013.