Jill Bliss

speaking & teaching

my teaching / consistent authenticity

I’m very aware of how privileged I am to have the education that I do [BA Fashion Design - BFA Illustration /Parsons, NY - MFA Design /CCA, SF] and I feel the responsibility to pass on my knowledge. It’s rewarding to reveal to others what they already know how to do, and to show them how to do it consistently and authentically.

As a student, I was taught that all of us have a unique creative voice and, no matter how our work evolves and changes, we all tell the same 2 -3 stories over and over. And, yes, a common thread of both line quality and subject matter really does run through all my sketchbooks and work since the beginning! So, this is what I concentrate on imparting to the next generation of creatives: first deconstruct your work and the work of others you emulate and figure out the essence of what it is you love about it in terms of colors, shapes, subject matter, materials. Once you’ve figured that out, you’ll have a solid base for yourself as a creator and person from which to create and live your life.

Our everyday world consists of both human-made and natural environments that co-exist, which is something we all have to find ways to recognize and come to terms with – whether it be planning, speaking, drawing, photography, writing, what have you. We all have the potential to be thoughtful, creative cultural producers AND consumers everyday!


selected lectures / speaking engagements

2012
Art Institute of Austin, skype chat with students enrolled in “Small Batch Manufacturing: Designer as Maker” class, Austin TX

2010
University of Oregon, design process presentation for Product Design Department, Eugene OR

2009
W+K radio interview for Handmade Nation with Susan Beal, myself & Kate Bingaman-Burt, Portland, OR
Craft Conversation: Handmade Nation panel, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR
Portland State University, projects overview presentation, Portland, OR

2008
Imprint Culture Lab Conference, Cult of Crafts/DIY community panel, Los Angeles, CA


selected teaching engagements

2012
Nature Drawing & Locavore Eating Retreat, Portland, OR
Communication Design Studio II #225, Graphic Design dept., Portland State University
Design Business Strategies #367, Graphic Design dept., Portland State University

2011
Summer Sunday Nature Drawing Workshops, Portland, OR
Communication Design Studio II #225, Graphic Design dept., Portland State University
Communication Design Seminar/ Effective Infographics #471, Graphic Design dept., Portland State University
Design Business Strategies #367, Graphic Design dept., Portland State University

2010
Beginning and Intermediate Surface Design, Modern Domestic, Portland, OR
Summer Sunday Nature Drawing Workshops, Portland, OR
Communication Design Studio II/ Generating Concepts #225, Graphic Design dept., Portland State University

2009
Summer Sunday Nature Drawing Workshops, Portland, OR