Role: Staff

Katya Vaz

Katya Vaz was born in Moscow, Russia and grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. This dual-culturalism influences how she interprets the world around her, which in turn drives her artistic work and linguistic interests. The majority of Katya’s work utilizes printmaking and bookbinding techniques for the use of multiples. These multiples speak further to the creation of communal knowledge, which Katya Vaz

Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson (she/they) is a Boston-born and New Orleans-based artist who is dedicated to enriching lives through creative expression, making art more accessible to all members of her community, and contributing to the magnificent artistic culture of New Orleans. The Berklee College of Music graduate began her career in visual art as an Art Lab Jessica Johnson

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is: curates connection to self, other and nature, through many different media, reflecting experience as an educator, performer, artist, and linguist. As a trained art director and aspiring cultural architect, big picture solutions are envisioned to address how we interact with the spaces around us, including the people within them and ourselves. Newfound approaches to is

Grace Van Dyk

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Grace was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and received her BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2016. Grace moved to New Orleans in June 2017 initially to fulfill a one-year Americorps contract and, like many, fell in love with the city and has been working in non-profit arts since. Grace started her career at 826 New Orleans working as the Development Associate, then moved on to spend a summer working at the New Orleans Film Festival before joining the team at Antenna full time in January 2019. Outside of her work at Antenna, Grace’s personal creative practice includes printmaking, pastry design, illustration, and occasional tattooing.

Mónica Mejía

Mónica Mejía from Cali – Colombia, one of her major interests is book arts and printing techniques. She studied Social Psychology and worked as an educator in Cultural Psychology, at Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia.

She is a bookmaker at Paper Machine and works remotely as a book designer for Biblioteca Popular Bruce Lee, a Colombia based independent, artisanal publishing collective.

Carole Frances Lung

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Carole Frances Lung (they/ them) born San Francisco, CA 1966. Carole is an organizer, artist, and soft-power activist, who has lived in New York, Chicago, Lancaster PA, Weimar Germany and Long Beach and Los Angeles CA. Prior to joining the Antenna/Paper Machine team, Carole was a bridal gown designer and production manager for Janell Berte; an education director for the Huntington Beach Art Center, HB CA and the Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster PA; and Professor of Fashion Fiber and Materials in the Department of Art, at California State University Los Angeles. In their role as Professor, Carole developed a unique interdisciplinary theory and practice based critical craft, design, textiles and apparel curriculum, served on numerous department, college, university committees, managed student workers and lecturers, while maintaining a rigorous creative / scholarly practice. 

Carole creative practice, as the biographer and archivist for their alter ego Frau Fiber, writing, curating, archiving and programming the Institute for Labor Generosity Workers and Uniforms (ILGWU). Currently embedded in the FFM program at Cal State LA, and relocating to New Orleans in the near future. The ILGWU is the working archive and experimental factory supporting the investigations of Frau Fiber, textile superhero. At the ILGWU, Carole and Frau Fiber facilitates an environment which reflects on the history, vocabulary and contemporary systems of textiles, apparel, transportation while reflecting on the efforts of the contemporary workers, who continue to labor at race to the bottom wages. Through this work they attempt to put cracks in capitalism through the crafting of one-of-a-kind wearables, installations, performances, and social sculpture.The work has been exhibited at Antenna, New Orleans LA; Punket Ø/Gallery 15 Moss, Norway; Corcoran Museum, Washington DC; LA Municipal Art Gallery, Craft in America Study Center, Craft Contemporary Museum and Los Angeles Contemporary Art Archive in Los Angeles CA; San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum, San Jose, CA; The Elizabeth Foundation, New York, NY; Elsewhere Collaborative, Greensboro, NC; Michener Art Museum, Doylestown PA; Jane Addams Hull House Museum Chicago, IL; Center for Craft, Asheville, NC; Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR; and the Ghetto Biennale Port Au Prince Haiti. Publications include: KCET Artbound, Art in America, and Art Papers. The work has been awarded: United States Artists fellowship, Kohler Arts and Industry Residency, Center for Craft Grant, At the Edge Gallery 400 award, and Cal State LA Faculty Fellow for the Public Good. Objects are in the collections of: Smithsonian Museum of American Art Archive, Washington DC; Wende Museum, Culver City Ca; Fashion Resource and Textile Resource Centers School of the Art Institute Chicago, Wigwam Sock Company and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan WI.

https://carolefranceslung.wordpress.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carole_Frances_Lung

Kendrik James

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Kendrik James aka Ken That Artist is a multi-talented visual artist from New Orleans, Louisiana. Kendrik is currently studying Fine Arts at The University of New Orleans.

 “I love creating colorful and imaginative artwork to inspire and connect with my viewers”.

 Ken That Artist finds inspiration in graffiti, street art, fine art, tattoos, life experiences and strong positive and negative emotions.

 “When I am not painting or drawing, I love watching animation, watching anime, playing video games and listening to music”.

 Ken That Artist is creating a safe, understanding, and inspirational space for his viewers one beautiful piece at a time.