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Design Drinks + Talks

Image: Work by Tricia Stackle

We are pleased to invite you to the September edition of Design Drinks + Talks featuring three artists from Skagit County. For this edition, we will be hearing from Sheila Klein, Tricia Stackle, and Jasmine Valandani.

Design Drinks + Talks takes place every other month at Localgroup Studio ( with short presentations by local designers, artists, architects, cartographers, programmers, writers, curators, and others engaged with and interested in design questions and problems. Presenters may share past work, explore design as a conceptual or practical concern, or pose a speculative question or idea. With each event, drinks and food will be served. This event is free and open to the public.


Sheila Klein is a visual artist whose work straddles the worlds of art and architecture. Her output occurs in the studio, on the street, and in art institutions. Exhibited widely at diverse organizations including P.S.1, Institute for Art and Urban Studies (New York), Memory and Lands of the 20th Century (Florence, Italy), Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh) Museum of Art and Design (New York), and La Foret Museum (Tokyo), Klein’s work has also appeared art publications and in the media such as the New York Times, Times of India, and National Public Radio. Klein first lived in the Skagit Valley in 1976 and returned in 1995, where she lives on a farm in Edison with her husband Ries Niemi.

Tricia Stackle is an artist/designer living and working in the Skagit Valley in Bow, WA. Inspired by simple geometric shapes, color, and tactile materials, she is both an artist and educator committed to rethinking the way people live with and relate to art and design. In 2010, she graduated from the Cranbrook Academy of Art with an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies and is one half of HillStack Studio, which she formed with her partner Ron Hemphill in 2013. Her work has appeared in the books Mobile Architecture, 500 Felt Objects, and Felt: The soft Revolution and in the magazines FiberArts, Surface Design, and Content.   

Jasmine Valandani works across disciplines and media to explore the margins of experience, drawing attention to the undervalued or overlooked through subtle re-imaginings of material and space. Her sculpture, installation, and works on paper have been exhibited in the U.S., Canada, and South Korea. She holds a BFA degree in printmaking from the University of San Francisco and an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Jasmine lives on Samish Island where she finds inspiration cohabiting with the elements and other living things.

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