01 Jan Alyssa Oddi
Alyssa is a multidisciplinary artist, whose lineage is woven with makers and medicine keepers. She has been primarily self-taught in traditional fiber arts, and explored mentorships in analog photography, ceramics, and film-making. She currently practices as a natural dyer and quilt-maker, and their art is cultivated with sensory joy and love for symbolism.
Her professional experience has been rooted in community building and connecting with the wilderness. Though her degree was in Sociology and Psychology, working in outdoor education allowed Alyssa to develop their love for adventure, natural sciences, and storytelling. She weaves the ancestral skills and practices she learned guiding expeditions, and well as her love for Bio-Psychology, into her creative mentorships.
Alyssa is returning to school for her Masters in Occupational Therapy in order to orient their world around creating strategies for disabled folks to pursue meaningful work and interests. Alyssa was born with a connective tissue disorder that effects the whole body/brain, and it’s transformed her into a master adapter. Alyssa utilizes her experience with chronic pain and neurodivergence through providing others a dynamic blueprint for building a sustainable creative practice–one that is healing and energy giving. Alyssa centers care and connection in all their offerings, as well as a deep gratitude for nature.