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Christine Martell standing in front of Cape Cod Bay

Textile and Teaching Artist Christine Martell

Welcome to my world of color, texture, and transformation.

Hand emboidered upcycled flowerNestled in the scenic beauty of Cape Cod, my art studio is more than just a creative space; it’s a sanctuary where memories are woven into art, and everyday materials find new life through imagination. As a teaching artist, my journey is intertwined with the vibrant threads of gelli printing, upcycled clothing, mixed media, and collage, each piece a testament to the power of creativity and renewal.

My story is one of transition, both personal and artistic. Relocating to Cape Cod to support my family, I found myself enveloped by an inspiring landscape that now breathes life into my work. Here, the tranquil bays and the ever-changing coastal light merge with my artistic vision, creating pieces that are deeply personal yet universally resonant.

Art, for me, has always been more than just a form of expression. It’s a tool for healing, a way to navigate the complexities of grief and change. Each artwork I create is a step in my journey, a piece of my story shared with the world. Through my classes and workshops, I extend this philosophy to my students, encouraging them to explore their creativity and find solace and joy in the act of making.

My mission is simple yet profound: to make art accessible to all. I believe everyone holds a wellspring of creativity, and it’s my joy to help others discover and nurture their artistic voice. Whether through a piece of upcycled clothing transformed into a wearable artwork or a mixed media collage that tells a story, my work is a celebration of possibility and the endless potential of the human spirit.

Community Work

My interests in art and community brought me back to graduate school to become a teaching artist. I partner with organizations around Cape Cod to offer a range of programs. Some of my collaborators are Cape Village, Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Cahoon Museum, and Orleans Cultural District. 

You can learn more about my community and teaching work under Project Portfolio.

Visual Facilitation

VisualsSpeakI’ve been a Professional Facilitator for many years and, seeing the lack of visual tools for facilitators, I developed image-based facilitation tools: VisualsSpeak ImageSet, Visual Icebreaker Kit, and Exploring New Options. 

I also work as a facilitator involved in high-level organizational strategy, and as an arts and culture facilitator. You can learn more at VisualsSpeak.

Christine Martell gelli printing in studio

2021- now           Creative Cape Cod, Orleans, MA
2005 – 2023        VisualsSpeak LLC; Principal; Orleans MA
2016-2021          Young Audiences/Right Brain Initiative, Portland OR
2015- 2017         Artosaur; Artistic Director, Hillsboro OR
2012 – 2017       Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council; 2016 Chair; Hillsboro OR
2000 – 2003       My Tyme Beads; Education coordinator; Tigard OR
1999 – 2003       Architectural Adornment; Graphic Designer; Canby OR
1997 – 1999        Hot Island Glass; Marketing and tech support; Makawao, Hawaii
1995 – 1997        Penland School of Craft; Facilitator; Penland NC

2020        Micro Enterprise Services Grant  
2020        City of Hillsboro Small Business Grant
2020.        PDX Area Artist Emergency Relief Grant
2017         Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant
2017         Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council Grant
2017         Cultural Coalition of Washington County
2016         Richard B. Siegel Foundation
2016         Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council Grant
2016         Regional Arts and Culture Council Project Grant
2016         Regional Arts and Culture Council Professional Development Grant
2015         Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council Grant
2013         The Ford Foundation Golden Spot Grant
2013         Sitka Center for Art and Ecology Residency: Otis, OR
2012         Falling into Art Contest, Runner Up
2012         Spring into Art Contest, Runner Up
2011         Citra-Solv Artist of the Month, 2011
2002         Bead and Button Show, First Runner Up Best in Show
2002         Bead and Button Show, Third Place Non-wearables

Degrees

MS Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education; Portland State University; Portland OR

BFA Textiles, Rhode Island School of Design; Providence RI

Certificate Programs

Artbundance Coach, Artella; Dallas, TX

Intercultural Foundations Certificate, Intercultural Communication Institute, Portland, OR

Management of Training
Intercultural Training
Multimedia and Web-based Training
Portland State University, Portland, OR

Electronic Publishing and Web Design Program, University of Oregon

2023.    Orleans Cultural District, Creative Community Popups
2020     Emp Res Rehab community painting event, Hillsboro OR
2018     Taste of Tanasbourne, Hillsboro OR
2018    For Everyone Workshop, Shute Park Library, Hillsboro OR
2018     For Everyone Workshop, Brookwood Library, Hillsboro OR
2018     2035 Vision Celebration, City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro OR
2017     Taste of Tanasbourne, Hillsboro OR
2017     2035 Vision Celebration, City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro OR
2017     Leadership Hillsboro Arts Day. Hillsboro OR
2017     Hillsboro Brookwood Library Winter Reading Program Event, Hillsboro OR
2016     Taste of Tanasbourne, Hillsboro OR
2016     Independence Days, M & M Marketplace, Hillsboro OR
2016     Tour de Arts, Hillsboro OR
2016     Rice Mineral Museum Summer Fest, Hillsboro OR
2016     Celebrate Hillsboro festival, Hillsboro OR
2016     2035 Vision Celebration, City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro OR
2016     Artosaur Annex at Hillsboro Tuesday Night; Hillsboro OR
2016     Bethany Elementary MakersFaire; Cedar Mills OR
2016     Witch Hazel Elementary Science Fair; Hillsboro OR
2016     Roboexpo; Hillsboro OR
2016     Hillsboro Shute Library Winter Reading Program Event; Hillsboro OR
2016     Hillsboro Main Library Winter Reading Program Event; Hillsboro OR
2016     Hillsboro City Council Meeting; Hillsboro OR
2015     Lunch with The Sheep; Hillsboro OR
2015     Here Be Art: A Celebration of Hillsboro Arts; Hillsboro OR
2015     Affordable Art Show; Hillsboro OR
2015     HACC Endowment Awards Event; Hillsboro OR
2015     Sheep on the Go Event; Hillsboro OR
2015     OMSI Mini Makerfaire, Portland OR
2015     Orenco Plaza Dedication; Hillsboro OR
2015     Showtime at Shute; Hillsboro OR
2015     Hillsboro Farmers Market; Hillsboro OR
2015     Public Art at Shute Park Library; Hillsboro OR
2015     Celebrate Hillsboro; Hillsboro OR
2015     Hillsboro Community Youth Choir summer camp; Hillsboro OR
2015     Hillsboro Tuesday Night; Hillsboro OR
2015     Anjali Dance Studio; Hillsboro OR
2015     Oregon International Airshow; Hillsboro OR
2015     Hillsboro Rotary 4th of July parade; Hillsboro OR

2023     Creative Community Popups, Orleans MA
2022     Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Rise and Shine Program, Yarmouth MA
2021      Poynter Middle School Teacher Workshop, Hillsboro OR   
2021      Right Brain Initiative Endless Joy Projects
2021      Art in Nature Workshops, Beaver Acres Elementary, Beaverton OR
2020      Homeplate Youth staff retreat
2020     Portland Sunday Parkways workshops, Portand OR
2020      Eastwood Elementary Right Brain Initiative Residency, Hillsboro OR    
2020     RISD Portfolio Day critiques, Portland OR
2020     ICF British Columbia Interior Chapter coaching class, online
2020     ICF British Columbia Interior Chapter monthly meeting speaker, online
2020    Westside Quilters Guild monthly meeting speaker, Hillsboro OR
2019     RISD National Portfolio Day critiques, Portland OR
2019     Linwood Elementary Right Brain Initiative Residency, Milwaukie OR   
2019     Beach School PTA Board retreat facilitation, Portland OR
2019     Evergreen Middle School Right Brain Initiative Residency, Hillsboro OR
2019     Eastwood Elementary School Right Brain Initiative Residency, Hillsboro OR
2019     TVC Leadership Incubator, Incubator Architect, Washington County, OR
2019     Chief Joseph Elementary Right Brain Initiative Residency, Portland OR
2019     Homeplate Youth Services, Social Enterprise design for It Takes a Village, Beaverton, OR
2018     Tualatin Valley Creates, Leadership Development Assessment, Hillsboro, OR
2018     Salem Public Library Leadership Retreat, Salem OR
2018     Merriwether Lewis Elementary Right Brain Initiative Residency, Portland OR
2018     Homplate All Staff Retreat, Portland OR
2018     Lincoln Elementary Right Brain Initiative Residency, Hillsboro OR
2018     Poynter Middle School Right Brain Initiative Residency, Hillsboro OR
2018     Leadership Hillsboro Arts Day, Hillsboro OR
2017     RISD National Portfolio Day critiques, Portland OR
2017     Getting Work as a Teaching Artist, Portland OR
2017     All Staff Meeting; Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR
2017     Indian Hills Elementary Right Brain Initiative Residency, Hillsboro OR
2017     Groner Elementary Right Brain Initiative Residency, Hillsboro OR
2017     Evergreen Middle School Right Brain Initiative Residency, Hillsboro OR
2017     Intercultural Effectiveness Survey; Kozai Group; Portland, OR
2017     Management Team Retreat; Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR
2016    Board Retreat: Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council, Hillsboro, OR
2016    Leadership Development series; Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR
2016    Building Great Teams; VisualsSpeak; online class
2016    Strategic Team Building; Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR
2016    Intercultural Effectiveness Survey; Kozai Group; Portland, OR
2015    Creating New Conversations with Images: Using Visual Tools to Build Great Teams & Groups; ICF Group Coaching Community of Practice; webinar
2015    Using Visual Tools for Building Great Teams, American Association for Community College Women Oregon Fall Conference; Power of the Past, Force for the Future; Portland, OR
2015    Keynote, American Association for Community College Women Oregon Fall Conference; Power of the Past, Force for the Future; Portland, OR
2015    Intercultural Effectiveness Survey; Kozai Group; Portland, OR
2015    Innovation Team Coaching; Hillsboro Library; Hillsboro, OR
2015     Strategic Visioning; Metro; Portland, OR
2015    Strategic Visioning; Hillsboro Public Library; Hillsboro, OR
2015    Establishing Creative Practice for Your Global Life with Cate Brubaker and Sabrina Zeigler; online class
2015    Create Your Global Life Vision for 2015; Global Life Summit; online summit
2015    Pure Imagination; Life By Design NW; Portland OR
2014    How to Create a Vision for Your Global Life; Global Life Summit; online summit
2014    Intercultural Effectiveness Survey; Kozai Group; Portland OR
2013    Change is Hard: What Can We Do About It? Workshop for the Unitus Credit Union; Portland OR
2013   Annual Board and Staff Retreat; Facilitation for Ride Connection Portland, OR
2013   Visioning Meeting for New Mentoring Program; Facilitation for Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; Salem OR
2013   Using Visuals to Deepen Relationships with Prospects; Workshop at Making Connections That Matter; Americare Annual Sales Conference; Nashville TN
2012   How to Use Visuals to Connect with Prospects and Help Them Open up to Like and Trust You; Keynote at Advanced Sales and Marketing Summit; Scottsdale AZ
2012   Reinventing Higher Education; Facilitated at University of Washington, Bothell; Bothell WA|
2012   Creating a Vision for Diversity, Workshop with Chris Cartwright at Regional Arts and Culture Council; Portland OR
2011    Creating Innovative Personal Learning Plans; Facilitated at Innovate,  ASTD-Cascadia Conference; Salem OR
2011    Visual Conversations: Engaging Curiosity with Pictures; Facilitated at SIETAR-PDX; Portland OR
2010   Playing with Leadership Development; Facilitated at Learning to Play –Playing to Learn, ASTD-Cascadia Regional Conference; Salem OR
2009   Visual Methods Across Cultures; Facilitated with Regina Rowland, The Art and Mastery of Facilitation: Explore Diversity, International Association of Facilitators Conference; Vancouver, BC
2008   Using Visuals to Unlock Strategic Processes; Facilitated at Get Your Head in the Clouds: Innovations in Learning Conference; San Jose, CA
2008   Visual Approach to Surfacing Insights; Facilitated at Games, Activities and Simulations, NASAGA conference; Indianapolis, INPortland 

2023    Cultural Center of Cape Cod, Yamouth MA
2020     Golden Art Studio open studio, Hillsboro OR
2019     Washington County Studio Tour, Hillsboro OR
2015     Curated Here be Art, Walters Arts Center, Hillsboro, OR
2015     Organized Affordable Art for Everyone, NW Events Center, Hillsboro, OR
2015     Organized Creative Hillsboro, Shute Park Library, Hillsboro, OR
2015     The Green Cab, Beaverton City Hall, Beaverton, OR
2015     The Green Cab, Hillsboro Senior Center, Hillsboro, OR
2015     New Works, New Seasons Cedar Hills, Beaverton, OR
2015     The Green Cab, Beach Books, Seaside Oregon
2014     Beyond The Story, Hillsboro Library, Hillsboro OR
2014     Washington County Art Tour; Hillsboro OR
2014     The Green Cab, Hillsboro Public Library Gallery, Hillsboro OR
2014     The Green Cab, Insomnia Coffee, Hillsboro OR
2014     The Green Cab, Tualatin Estate Vineyard, Forest Grove OR
2013     Washington County Studio  Tour; Hillsboro OR
2013     Art on Broadway Gallery; Beaverton OR
2013     Studio Sale, Wild Money Book Launch; Portland OR
2013     Studio Sale, Lunaria Financial; Portland OR
2002     Bead and Button Show; Portland OR
2002     Art in Bloom, Gresham Town Hall Gallery; Gresham OR
1998     Valley Arts Gallery; Forest Grove OR
1995 – 1997    Penland Gallery; Penland NC

2016    Drawn Together Through Visual Practice edited anthology; Rigorous Design of Visual Tools That Deepen Conversation and Spark New Insights by Christine Martell
2015     Circle of the Nine Muses: A Storytelling Guide for Innovators & Meaning Makers by David Hutchens, Wiley.
2010     Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes & Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity by David Sibbet; Wiley.
2010     Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, James Macanufo; O’Reilly
2010     Four Word Self Help: Simple Wisdom for Complex Lives by Patti Digh; Skirt! Books
2010     Creative is a Verb: If You’re Alive You’re Creative by Patti Digh; Skirt! Books
2010     Exploring New Options, Photo and Painted Card Deck and Manual; VisualsSpeak
2009     Developing Great Leaders, Photo Card Deck; VisualsSpeak
2008     Building Great Teams, Photo Card Deck, Guide and Manual; VisualsSpeak
2005     ImageSet, Photo Set, and Manual; VisualsSpeak
2004     500 Beaded Objects: New Dimensions in Contemporary Beadwork by  Carol Wilcox Wells and Terry Krautwurst; Lark Books|
2003     Wire Artist Jeweler, Fire Mountain Gems
2003     Bead Dreams: Inspiration and Technique for Beading Artistry
2001      PC Photo, Exit Page