Meet the team
LIZ WRIGHT (she/her)
Co-Founder / Chief Creative Lady
Originally from Ohio, Liz Rosino Wright has a long history of creative projects and pursuits as a professional artist, clothing designer, video producer, small business owner, craft fair founder, and museum researcher. She holds a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design and a MA from the University of Washington. She considers herself a lifelong learner and enjoys the challenges and thrills of learning a new skill and supporting others to do the same.
Liz is the conceptual lead of Assembly. She develops and teaches classes, runs daily operations, and steers the ship towards providing the most fun, accessible, and high quality creative educational experiences around.
ADDITIONAL TEACHING ARTISTS:
Noelle Vilela (she/her) has always been drawn to artistic expression via numerous mediums. Living in Portland she has truly found a home as an artist. Feeling inspired by the beautiful city and the quiet power of nature she began noniko in 2010 as an outlet for metal smithing and her one of a kind pieces of jewelry. More recently she has shifted her focus to creating macrame and woven wall art. In 2017 she came on board with Assembly, where she enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for crafts with students across all skill levels and ages.
Amanda Donahue (she/her) is the owner and creator of The Scribblist, a calligraphy, lettering and illustration studio located in Portland, Oregon. With an extensive background in fine art as a painter and sculptor, Amanda brings a touch of whimsy into all aspects of her work, creating pieces that pay homage to beautiful lettering and joyful illustration. She is passionate about teaching and encourages others to discover their own creative voice through calligraphy, lettering and illustrative workshops. When Amanda isn't painting or working on lettering projects, you can find her enjoying a warm cup of tea and spending time with her husband and Goldendoodle pup, Brady.
LeBrie Rich (known to some as The Duchess of Felt) is an artist and educator living in Portland. LeBrie’s work in felt has been shown in diverse settings, including museums, galleries, storefront windows, and art vending machines. LeBrie has been teaching felting workshops since 2006 and loves to introduce people the miraculous and fun process of transforming raw wool into felt! Learn more about LeBrie's work in felt by visiting PenFelt.com.
Callie McAuliffe (she/her) is a native Portlander who found her love of arts and crafts at an early age. After briefly experimenting with many mediums, she finally found her favorite creative outlets. Artist and creator behind Callie Mac Design, she now focuses on all things wooden and woven. Callie loves bright colors and drawing inspiration from the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. She has been teaching classes since 2018, and when not teaching arts and crafts, she is teaching students life skills as a middle school counselor. Craft nights and crafternoons are some of Callie’s favorite things, especially when they bring makers together!
Claire Elliott is a painter living in Portland, OR. She works in oil and watercolor and finds inspiration in the natural world. Painting everything from botanical gardens to rare crystals to her own houseplants, she is enchanted by color.
Claire has been teaching watercolor to adults and children for ten years and loves to explore the possibilities of paint through teaching new watercolor techniques. Originally from New York, she has lived all over the US and is very happy to call Portland home with her husband and daughter. You see more of her work on her website claireelliott.com and on Instagram @claire.elliott.art