Maridadi Camden Maine
Chris, a native North Carolinian, came to Maine in 1976 to study at the Maine Photographic Workshops after teaching photography and crafts in Alaska. After completing the resident program at MPW she received a Masters degree in Art Education from Arizona State University. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of NC at Greensboro and has taught at The Maine Photographic Workshops, Appalachian State University and in the University of Maine system in addition to many workshops in photography and polymer clay.
She owns Silverline Studio in Camden where she has been a graphic designer since 1981. She and her late husband Jim started Rafiki Safaris in 1988. Chris has traveled to Kenya many times and continues to take people on safaris. Her graphic design experience and her affinity for African design have played a major role in her development as a polymer clay artist.
“When graphic design went digital and sat me in front of a computer for my workday, I needed something tactile. I had no idea that polymer clay would draw me in like it has. It’s not only versatile and beautiful, it’s about as low tech as an artist can get—nary a megabyte in sight! Working in clay is also a very centering and calming activity with only self-imposed deadlines. For a graphic designer this is truly heaven.”
Her workshop and design studio are in Camden, Maine surrounded by the McLarty’s notable garden—yet another passion.