Tereneh Idia
Founder and Creative Director

Tereneh Idia is a designer inspired by: material, manner and meaning.

Tereneh graduated as a Top 10 Graduating Senior from Drexel University LeBow College of Business. As a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar she received her MSci in Fashion Design from Kenyatta University. She taught at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Parsons - The New School for Design in New York City and was visiting scholar on global fashion at Yale - National University of Singapore. In 2013 she launched the global eco-design collaboration with OMWA: Olorgesailie Maasai Women Artisans of Kenya; incorporating Indigenous adornment in sustainable textile arts and design. In 2016 the collaboration expanded to include The Beading Wolves, a family of artisans from the Oneida Indian Nation. They have exhibited in Paris, New York City, Nairobi and The Residence a Mattress Factory space in Pittsburgh.Tereneh is the 2016 Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Emerging Artist awarded by The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Darrell Kinsel: Pgh Native,Schenley Grad, Artist, Activist, Cofounder of BOOM Concepts ,Board of Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse has returned to Knotzland for a second collaboration collection :Elements: a Conceptual Journey through the idea of inclusivism, and fostering a sustainable future on the basis of protecting the Globe and all of its Matter.  

The original Knotz "Kinsel Collection",  released as a 12 piece collection [Período Azul: inspired by Picasso's The Blue Period July 2015] & sold out within a week of its release. 

D.S.  Kinsel's work is a reflection of his race, culture, and generation.  He strives to encourage audiences to reevaluate their ideas of fine art. His work shows in a number of venues across Pittsburgh including Future Tenant, Shaw Galleries, ASSEMBLE and ImageBox. Popular online artists blogs Hyperallergic Labs, 7 Shades of Black, and the Jenesis Magazine have helped spread his work to a larger audience. Pittsburgh City Paper has ranked Kinsel's Twitter profile the 3rd best in the city and has also been a recipient of the New Pittsburgh Courier "Fab 40" Award and a Pittsburgh Magazine 40 Under 40 honoree.

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Follow him on Twitter: @DSKINSEL

Ashley Cecil is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based artist and illustrator specializing in paintings of flora and fauna that illustrate the interconnectedness between the natural world and its inhabitants. Her love affair with all things organic and wild blossomed as the result of studying landscapes with accomplished master painters in London while earning her master’s degree at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, immersing herself in vast collections of nature-inspired textile patterns in European museums, painting from live observation at conservation institutions such as the National Aviary, and collaborating with top-notch floral designers.

Her fervor for painting has landed Ashley many amazing opportunities including a six-month artist residency at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, participating in internationally renowned arts festivals, creating a commissioned artwork for Oxfam America that was exhibited at a United Nations convention on climate change, launching a line of nature-themed home decor and fashion accessoriescreating artwork for the label of a libation consumed by millions, and talking face-to-face with Barack Obama about thriving as an artist entrepreneur.

Apropos of Pittsburgh’s industrial heyday, Ashley paints in an old mechanic’s garage retrofitted for her studio. From there, she creates her 2D works that pique curiosity about nature and foster environmental stewardship.

Nora Gilchrist

Massachusetts-born, Pittsburgh-based artist and educator

Nora Gilchrist is a Massachusetts-born, Pittsburgh-based artist and educator. She is intrigued by historical and social matters, which she tends to see through an art-historical lens. She is dedicated to sustainability and the democratizing of creative culture, and is grateful to be able to do work she is passionate about via her position as Creative Education Coordinator at Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. She loves creating portraits, especially ones depicting feminine beauty and power. She is especially fascinated by women who might be regarded as "unsung heroes". You can see more of her art here.