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About Christina Yocca
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Christina Yocca is an artist, teacher, and creativity coach. She has been an active artist and has helped people reach their creative potential for over 25 years. After receiving an M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, she started to exhibit nationally and received several grants for site-specific environmental installations, including an Arts Midwest New Partnership Grant. She has created site-specific public projects in Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York state, Illinois, and Philadelphia. Works have been situated at several sites along the Mississippi River, the Wood River, and the Minnesota River. In addition, she has exhibited basketry, sculptures, drawings and ceramics. Her work is always informed by her background in the fiberarts.

Currently she runs
Calascio Designs and creates art to wear. Her hand-dyed art wear features a contemporary twist on traditional Japanese shibori dyeing techniques. She uses found objects and clamps them over cloth for a bold variation of itajime (clamp resist) shibori. She overlays colors on natural fibers creating rich surfaces. In addition, she builds earthy sculptural forms using natural materials and creates intuitive and meditative mixed media drawings. She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Tyler School of Art, and several public and private schools. She currently teaches part-time for the Eau Claire Area School District and teaches art at the Summer Institute of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Continuing Education Department. In addition to leading numerous visual arts workshops nationally, she has lectured in the United States and England. Her students have received awards and cherished her warm teaching style.

After leaving the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to spend time with her young son, she returned to school and earned an M.S.in Mental Health Counseling. She has worked with groups, couples, and individuals. She has treated clients with depression, codependeny issues, divorce issues, and eating disorders, in addition to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. She has special interests in women's issues and the issues of gay and lesbian clients. Since she entered the mental health field hoping to meet the needs of creative people, she worked through the ideas of Julia Cameron with a learning community. Later, she discovered the work of Eric Maisel, PhD. and was struck by the rich mixture of creativity research, theory, and practicality. This new field seemed like home and she earned a certificate in creativity coaching. Currently, she helps artists and writers from Sweden to Los Angeles to Eau Claire, Wisconsin lead more productive creative lives and overcome blocks.
Email Christina
LINKS:
Eric Maisel
Vasto Artist and Writer's Retreat (Italy)
Calascio Designs
Santo Stefano Homepage
World Shibori Network
2005 Fair Schedule
Italy Tour
Weblog
Newsletter
Creativity Checklist
Christina at chrisyocca@sbcglobal.net