Meet the team
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 with a focus on the fiber arts, runs daily operations, and steers the ship towards providing the most fun, accessible, and high quality creative educational experiences around.
Born in Portland, Brian Wright has played drums in over 30 Northwest bands and has performed on around 50 albums, TV shows, and film scores. His love of DIY spans from music to crafts and everything in between. He got his crafting start with altering and repairing his clothing on a vintage Kenmore sewing machine. He spent a day watching Youtube videos just learning how to thread the machine! Brian holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts and appreciates all things unconventional.
Brian supports a wide variety of functions, such as strategic planning, studio and equipment maintenance, and testing out new class ideas.
Noelle Vilela 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.
Workshops: Mixed Metals Pendant Jewelry Making, Woven Bead Ring, Pom Pom Accessories, Polymer Clay Jewelry, Beaded Tassel Earrings, Wire Wrapped Jewelry, Wrapped Fiber Rainbows, and Winter Wreath Making
Andie Foxglove is a local basket maker who started UrbaNomad Weaving Company in 2016 from her living room after learning to weave Adirondack Pack Baskets at a local workshop. Andie hand dyes and lovingly prepares all of her materials, enjoying the communion of artistic expression and meaningful making that weaving provides. She currently teaches public and private workshops and runs a small Etsy shop featuring her handmade baskets.
Workshop: Beginner's Basket Weaving
Amanda Donahue 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.
Elizabeth Higgins, primarily a watercolor artist, has lived in Oregon since 1995, where she maintains a studio in SE Portland and teaches art classes for various cultural organizations. Painting is joyful and playful to her, and this is reflected in her bright, warm-colored art. She is a juried member of Watercolor Society of Oregon, is a contributing artist at Catherine Bede Gallery, and has had her work featured on the “Portlandia” television series.
Workshop: Beginner’s Watercolor Workshop
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.
Workshop: Intro to Needle Felting Class
Zoe Frost, owner of Junebug and Darlin, specializes in making unique framed cross stitches and modern cross stitch kits. The kits provide crafters with the tools to create heirloom quality subversive crafts by providing all of the supplies needed- from first stitch to frame. Each finished piece and kit is designed by the owner, combining nature, queerness and political justice.
Workshop: Cross Stitch Embroidery Workshop
Callie McAuliffe is a native Portlander who found her love of arts and crafts at an early age. After briefly experimenting with many mediums such as acrylic painting, block printing, and watercolors, she finally found her favorite creative outlets. Artist and creator behind Designs Da Lúa, she specializes in paper quilling, pyrography, and string art. 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 school counselor. Craft nights and crafternoons are some of Callie’s favorite things, especially when they bring makers together!
Matt Sorenson is the owner/designer of Electric Goods Company, which he founded in 2012. His lamps are available via the ECG website & an Etsy shop, as well as retail stores around Portland. Customers of his work range from interior designers purchasing for large hotels, to individuals looking for a light to illuminate their nightstand or workspace. As a fan of industrial & modern design, Matt looks to incorporate raw texture & clean lines into his lamps. Matt lives in Portland, where he also earns a living as a social worker.
Workshop: DIY Cigar Box Edison Lamp
Beth Mangat is a floral designer born and raised in San Diego. She runs her own small business, avoiding + making, a floral service for weddings, installations, and events. She has been in the floral game for over 5 years, specializing in naturally elegant and garden inspired arrangements. Beth has a big love for nature and it’s shown in her work by the mixture of textures, flowers, and foliage. Her knack for making things existed long before she could remember and continues to grow with the places her floral profession takes her.
Workshop: Pressed Flower Collage
Cameron York is a printmaker living in St. Johns, Oregon. She was born and raised in San Diego, CA, but was most recently living in Iowa City while in school completing her MFA. Intaglio printmaking is her true love, but just like any print nerd, she has a fondness for all things print related. Cameron loves teaching and sharing her knowledge with all age groups. When Cameron isn’t in the studio, you can find her outside in her garden, at the beach, or on a hiking trail. You can find more of her work on her website cameronyorkart.com or on Instagram @cammyyyork.
Workshops: DIY Screen Printing
Melinda Prynne is a lifelong creative with extensive practice in painting and creating with the, “I can probably make that!” mindset. She grew up in a small town in Texas where she used her creativity as an outlet to get her through childhood and high school. Afterwards she did some travelling abroad, eventually landing in Portland where everything fell into place. She decided it was time to embrace her creativity by opening up her Etsy store, The Arty Narwhal, and begin to search for jobs that would embrace her creative side. With a background in teaching combined with her fervent crafting, Assembly is a perfect niche! When Melinda isn’t working on DIY projects and painting, you can find her tending to her plant babies, drinking her weight in tea, and on walks or cuddling her rescue dog, Milk, and her sweet British husband.
Amy Frazer is a local designer, illustrator, and stitcher. Through her work she captures the beauty of the world around us and embellishes it with her personal mark making. Things made by nature and things made by man are huge inspirations to her. She loves to explore a variety of different mediums such as paint, textiles, embroidery, knitting, digital media, collage and photography. The body of work she is currently creating focuses on intense amounts of stitching to create textures that enhance her personal photos. See more of her work at AmyLFrazer.com.
Workshop: DIY Embroidered Patches
Haylee Croydon is a Librarian, bibliophile, crafter, gamer, and a dog and baby mom who loves to create. She feels that bringing something to life from just it's parts is a powerful experience and to teach others how to do it is even more rewarding. She’s been book making for over six years and has been teaching it for two. Aside from book making, she’s kind of a "Jill-of-All-Trades" crafter, making anything that seems cool or challenging. She’s excited to see what you’ll make together!
Workshop: Intro to Bookbinding
Emilie Rigby has been carving green wood and making spoons for 8 years and has traveled across the country teaching woodworking and outdoor skills. She landed in Portland, OR in 2017 and ran a teaching wood shop for a prominent outdoor skills company. Across six years of teaching experience, she has taught people aged 8 to 80 how to carve spoons and her classes are full of useful tips and tricks, metaphors for life, and terrible (amazing) puns. She is a self-professed “crazy spoon lady” because she has made thousands of wooden spoons.
Workshop: Wooden Spoon Carving
Molly Frechette is a local artist who uses creativity and art to facilitate mental health and healing through her day job as a social worker. She was born and raised in Las Vegas, where she fell in love with the bright colors against the desert landscape. She visited Oregon once and was living here within months, enthralled with the natural colors of the pacific northwest. Molly has been doing abstract paintings since high school, but recently fell in love with the acrylic pouring techniques. She is currently finishing her master's degree in social work and frequently integrates art into her therapeutic practices. She believes that art and color immersion are an integral part of self-care and mental health. On the weekends, you can find her painting, hiking, and spending time with her husband, son and two rescue dogs.
Workshop: Acrylic Pour Painting
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
Workshop: Watercolor Galaxies
Caitlin Arbeiter is a visual merchandiser from New York now based in Portland. With her degree in architecture, Caitlin has always been drawn to design & DIY projects. As the resident retail designer of Assembly, you can see her display shelves in the store window. Caitlin is passionate about helping students bring a unique expression to their handmade works of art. Outside of Assembly, Caitlin can be found at a thrift store or tending to her vegetable garden. She looks forward to helping everyone realize their DIY dreams!