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TLD Instructors:

  Tammy L Deck 

Instructing Classes in: Weaving (Beginner ~ Advanced), Feltmaking (Beginner ~ Advanced), Hand and Machine Knitting (Beginner ~ Advanced ) Textile Surface Design / Silk Screen Printing (Introductory classes), Hat Making Techniques,  Kids Classes (Girl Scout Activities), Soap Making, Candle Making, Beading Arts and Glass Fusing (beginner lvl)

About Tammy:  As a child she craved every "how to" experience available....but learning to sew in 5th grade was a defining moment. She attended the fashion design program at Harper College in Palatine, IL and later transferred to Northern Illinois University where she received her degree and pursued post graduate level courses in Clothing & Textile Science married to a Minor in Fiber Art.  She started and ran her ArtWear business (TLD Designs) selling one-of-a-kind garments, jewelry and accessories in a Chicago location for ten years before founding the TLD Design Center & Gallery in 1993.  

Tammy has attended as a student in  most of the  classes offered here at TLD Design Center  offering her a broad understanding, experience and proficiency in other mediums such as  in Lampwork Glass Bead Making, Glass Fusing, Metal Smith Skills, Metal Clay, Polymer Clay and  beading techniques.

Jenny (standing) with Student, Elaine

About the Milliner: Jenny Pfanenstiel is an award winning Couture Milliner that started her millinery  business, Forme Millinery, while living in Chicago.  Jenny relocated to Louisville, Kentucky May 2014 and opened her own hat shop.  Jenny has studied the ancient techniques of traditional hat making to help preserve this lost craft. She soon became known for her dedication to quality and taking once admired embellishments and materials and incorporating these pieces into her hats to truly make one-of-a-kind pieces.
* 2012 FGI Rising Star Winner

* 2009 & 2012 Hatty Award Winner

* Member of the Milliners Guild

* Board of Directors – Apparel Industry Board

* Board of Directors – Fashion Group International

* Hats Featured: HATalk E Magazine, The Oprah Show, Country Living, Belle Armoire, Vogue, Tatler, MaryJanesFarm, TCW

Patty Pulliam

Instructing Classes in:  Glass Bead Making (Beginner ~ Advanced);  Polymer Clay (Beginner ~ Advanced); Silver Metal Clay (Beginner); Crochet (Beginner ~ Advanced including beaded crochet ropes); Chainmaille; Peyote Stitch Beadweaving (Beginner ~ Advanced); Kids Classes (Girl Scout Activities)

About Patty: A lifelong artist, Patty received her degree in Art from Illinois State University after a brief fling with Accounting at Aurora University. She continues her studies through continuing education classes, studio classes with nationally known artists, and just plain playing. She claims to have Art A.D.D. as she loves to work in about every medium she can get her hands on. In addition to being a past president of the "Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild", she is also owner of "Design West Communications" a graphic design company.


   Shannon Haug

Instructing Classes in:  Jewelry Arts ~ Copper Etching with Wire Wrapping, Toggles, Clasps and Cold Connections.

Examples of Shannon's Work




FACILITATOR FOR: Creativity Continuum

Sara has enjoyed and explored artistic media from a very early age. Having received a Bachelor’s degree in painting in 2004, Sara went on to obtain a Master’s degree in Art Therapy/Counseling in order to learn more about the creative process and how to assist others in exploring and pursuing their creative vision. Sara’s personal work includes figurative oil and acrylic painting and she has recently begun to explore her family’s tradition of quilting.

Venus of Jewelry by Venus

Instructing Classes in: 
Jewelry Arts : Metal Smith Techniques (Beginner ~ Advanced) Chain Making & Wire Work

About Venus: Venus has, thus far, enjoyed a 17 year career selling the work of her hands in the form of contemporary jewelry art and is pleased to join us at the TLD Design Center in the offering classes and workshops in the medium she loves. Fabrication is her primary style of creating. Every piece is fabricated by hand. She needs to be able to feel the piece all the way through to it's finished state. The metal has a power, a force of its own and intuitively they work together... creating order out of chaos and sometimes the opposite. Her rigorous Art Fair schedule includes 18 to 20 Juried Art Fairs a year. You can catch Venus in many Chicago area shows, as well as Ann Arbor MI, Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa. She is a juried artist in the Illinois Artisan Program and sells her work through the Illinois Artisan shop and during “Art Sprees” in Chicago. Her Formal education includes an Associate's in Fine Art from College of DuPage(1990), Bachelor of Fine Art from Northern Illinois University (1992) and Post Graduate studies in Art and Architecture from Northern Illinois University.

  Bracelets and Necklace by Venus

Patricia Weikersheimer

Instructing Classes in: 
Jewelry Arts : Metal Clay (PMC) Techniques (Beginner ~ Proficient)  

Patricia is the chair of the Windy City Chapter of the PMC Guild.  In September 2009, she won First Place (best of show) at the 54th Annual Park Forest Art Fair (Tall Grass Arts Association). By day, Patricia is a writer/editor for Argonne National Laboratory. Outside of that upstanding environment, however, she may be found furtively molding textures from the undersides of mushroom caps.

Patricia's captured textures

      Georgia Philippe

Instructing Classes in: Enameling

Georgia is a life-long artist. She started working in jewelry in her teens and earned her B.F.A. from the University of Illinois in Metal Crafts. She’s been a practicing bench jeweler all of her adult life, doing goldsmithing, enameling, designing and repair.  She has won three jewelry design awards from the Illinois Jewelers Association, and she has shown in galleries in Illinois, Wisconsin and Arizona. In 2008 she won First Place in the Illinois Orchid Society’s art competition, with an enamel entitled “Orchids in the Moonlight”.


  Joy Lavrencik 

Instructing Classes in: Textile Surface Design / Complex Cloth Techniques / Shibori / Resist Techniques / Inspired by Nature

About Joy: Member of "PAQA - Professional Art Quilters Alliance"  Completed a 2.5 year Masters Class in Surface design with Jane Dunnewold (March 2011).  Joy has always had a strong connection to music and movement.  Her years of dance and music lessons  solidified this passion.  Since discovering fiber, in the late1990’s, Lavrencik’s goal has been to bring this sense of rhythm and movement to her mixed media artwork, employing surface design techniques and collage.  She  currently works in her home studio in the suburbs of Chicago, IL.  Lavrencik’s  art work is available through the TLD Design Center and Gallery, in Westmont, IL, and is exhibited in juried shows across the United States.

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