Shannon Maisel grew up traveling the world with her creative and adventurous family. Her mom, a mixed media artist and art educator and her dad, a true renaissance man, capable of making dreams reality (who happens to practice dentistry because he enjoys working with his hands) taught Shannon the joy of creating for oneself. She and her two siblings spent countless childhood hours writing plays, designing sets, creating costumes, constructing lego houses complete with paintings on the walls, painting, drawing and exploring material. A creative start for an adventurous spirit!
In 1998, after she was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Anthropology from Centre College, Shannon joined Peace Corps. With her sketchbook in hand, she moved to Honduras as agriculture volunteer. While in San Rafael, she drew and painted and learned to sew by hand. Her love affair with sewing was just beginning.
After Peace Corps Shannon traveled through the empty quarter of Saudi Arabia on a trip of a lifetime with her dad. Shortly thereafter she met her future spouse and together they moved to Leipzig, Germany. While in Leipzig, Shannon received a fellowship in sculpture at Burg Gebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle, Germany. Afterwards, she taught Art and English at Thuringea International School, Weimar. Her German improved dramatically and her sewing did too.
In 2008, after completing her Master of Fine Arts Degree, Painting from Kendall College of Art and Design, Shannon opened Shannon Maisel Art in Allendale, Michigan. Classes are taught, work is created and commissions are completed through her studio. Her love for fabric and painting combined and now she stitches layers of pattern, imagery, and experience together creating a visual dialougue where travel, equality, spirituality and family life intersect.
Today Shannon and her husband Sebastian, make their home in Allendale, Michigan. They live with their three children, two cats, one fish, and a dog. Balancing work and family is a constant dance made easier through the understanding and encouragement of her incredible family.