Pat Crawford, a native of Eastern Iowa, focuses her talents on illustrating, painting, printing, color pencil, handcrafted yarns and natural dyes, although she also works in many other mediums.
She enjoys working with kids and adults, while inspiring others to discover new skills. Her unorthodox classrooms have included Ushers Ferry Historic Museum and Indian Creek Nature Center, both in Cedar Rapids.
As a volunteer naturalist in Lacey-Keosauqua Park, she provided many learning experiences for visitors. Her artwork can be seen in signs used throughout Van Buren County. In addition to other illustration work for a cook book and a coloring book, she wrote and illustrated a delightful children’s book about her pet ox, Bubba, and has illustrated articles for several authors in the “IOWA WOMAN“ magazine.
Pat teaches the A Twist in Time I and II classes, Pulp Play and Journal Making as well as Printmaking. She will also be teachingScrimshaw for Flatlanders, Be a Good Egg with Natural Dyes,Clothing First Aide and Natural Dyes in My Backyard.
Take a walk in history with Pat’s Living in 1840 River Town class.
Join others as they gather in the Villages of Van Buren to learn from the resident artisans in their personal studios. Spend a weekend plein air painting along the Des Moines River, or step back in time as you throw bowls in a Pottery Shop. The inspiring and relaxing atmosphere of scenic Van Buren County, Iowa is, and will continue to be, a haven for creative beings.