Ashland Artisan Emporium

Featured Vendor: Jessica Lee Findleton, WS235, Lacey River Botanicals

My name is Jessica Lee Findleton, and I am a Mixed Media Artist currently based in Ashland, Oregon. I grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the South Fork of the American River in Lotus, California. Since 2015 I’ve been curating art shows in tune with the seasons and elements. In order to tell my stories, I mix mediums together and combine colors with layers of jewel tones and metallic acrylics. I utilize hand-stretched canvas frames & upcycled wood, sourcing ecological materials from nature that give new meaning to my designs. Bringing in personal imagery through paper & fabric collage & unique assemblages to offer depth and texture.

I am a self-taught artist, passionate about sharing art as therapy to children of all ages. I am an advocate and guide who offers art workshops and private sessions.

My influences are motherhood, gardening, mountains, and the rivers that encompass my body of work and the region where I live.

I am currently accepting art commissions for your home and office.

Paintings – Prints – Cards – Bookmarks – Notebooks – Zip Totes – Boxes – Leather Feather Earrings

“Painting allows us to become the alchemist of our own unique experiences, while providing a tangible vehicle for expressing them to the world”

-Flora Bowley

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Ashland Artisan Emporium

The Ashland Artisan Emporium is owned by Michelle Christian, wife and mother of 3 daughters. Her husband, Travis, is the business manager for Adroit Construction in Ashland, Oregon. The Emporium was the vision of Michael Rydbom, Michelle's father. In April of 2010, Michael asked his daughter if she would be willing to help transform the old DJ's Video space into a crafter's marketplace. Michelle had always admired her dad's entrepreneurial spirit and was eager to make him proud, so even though she already had two kids, a real estate career and one more daughter on the way, she said yes. On November 1, 2010, the store opened it's doors to a welcome reception from the community. They were voted Best New Business of 2010 only months later by the Ashland Sneak Preview. Within weeks of opening, the store was at capacity and had quickly become the "go-to" store for all things unique and affordable.

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