about me

My studio is all about bringing the joy of nature home through patterns, art, classes and activities.

I’m passionate about surface design, art, and nature. I’ve been creating nature inspired patterns, art, classes, and experiences for over twenty years. I’ve added digital pattern creation to my portfolio and I can’t wait to share my new patterns, art, classes, and reflections about creating a life infused with art and nature.

Who am i?

I'm Betsy Mitten, a surface designer, artist, and teacher. I create patterns, art, and classes that are inspired by the beauty, joy, and wonder of the natural world.

I live with my husband, daughter, and Studio cat Mo Mitten, in a small Midwestern community outside of Chicago.

Art and nature have always played a central part in my life. My deep love of the natural world grew from my childhood experiences playing and being outside in rural Wisconsin and exploring the deserts, mountains, and canyons of Arizona. We were encouraged to observe, experiment, and find joy in the process. One of my great pleasures is observing carefully and I credit the time, the encouragement, and these early experiences. 

I fell in love with fabric and sewing in high school and went on to later study Textiles and Fibers at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. We learned the art of creating silkscreened, shibori, hand-dyed, and printed fabric. Today, most of my work is digital, but I carve out weekly studio time devoted to working with my hands. 

My love of nature and art has given me opportunities to teach and to work at both the Chicago Botanic Garden and The Morton Arboretum.  These experiences along with my interest in botany, influence my art and my classes. Art and science naturally support each other as they both draw on careful observation. 

Today, my greatest joy is creating surface design, art, and classes that connect you to the beauty and wonder of the natural world.  When I’m not in my studio, you can find me digging in my garden, working on our 100 year old house, (tons of charm and tons of projects :), exploring the outdoors, or planning my next adventure! 

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