Makers Fair


Nichole Cross is an introvert who is totally uncomfortable summarizing herself in a bio for promotional purposes, but she realizes that this is a necessary evil to share her love of design and maker culture. Nichole would prefer to change the world anonymously, but can’t currently bankroll that approach.

Nichole is also an industrial designer who likes to work on interdisciplinary teams, and an advocate for the STEAM approach to education (integrating Art/Design into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical curriculums). She gets excited about story, technology, materials, and clever things.  

She is currently working with EmBe to organize a STEAM based Maker Fair for girls ages 8-13 years old this fall, in the Sioux Falls area. Her former life consisted of designing inflatable things like parade floats and military decoys.  


Art on Purpose


Jeff Hanson is a ‘seasoned’ marketer who is passionate about making public art happen. As a member of the SculptureWalk team he works on the mundane to the monumental. Ranging from scraping paint on pedestals to launching a statewide public art program and a 7 story football-field-long sculpture. He has also invested considerable time in researching the economic impact of art and design on communities.

Hanson is mostly known as a PR guy where he has launched a technology company globally, blown up (well almost) South Dakota’s tallest building, introduced LEED architecture, founded a city wide eco-movement, rebranded a hospital and has placed news stories on every continent. He is also a budding graphic designer who is showing promise with rudimentary stick figures, but has won awards for his PR and creative work across the disciplines of advertising, public relations and video.

Professionally he has worked as a PR person in the early days of cable TV (when MTV actually tried to kill the radio star with music videos), a PR flack for Gateway computers from before the cow spots up to Y2K, was a VP for the world’s largest communications firm, started the PR practice at Lawrence & Schiller, served as a bureau chief for a business magazine and even as a creative director at an advertising agency relying on his skills with Adobe Photoshop 1.0 and Microsoft Paint.


Fashion Story


Jessica Farley, owner of vintage clothing shop, ELOFSON, finds joy in all things old, well made, and wonderfully odd. Her passion for one-of-a-kind is not only seen in her overflowing vintage inventory, but in her upcycled designs as well. Jessica believes that fashion tells a story, before, during and after it's worn. She founded the organization, South Dakota Sustainable Fashion (SDSF) with the mission to create a community of local fashion designers and enthusiasts.


Dakota Rural Action

@ VOL 19 ON SEP 02, 2016

In "Dakota Rural Action" from PechaKucha Sioux Falls Vol.19, SD Tony Helland's love of the state and region runs deep. He grew up loving the outdoors, bicycling, and creating and performing music. Over the past two years Tony has expanded his interests toward the environment, sustainable energy, and civic engagement. These interests were brought to the fore after joining with Dakota Rural Action. Since then he has been fortunate to travel all across region, meeting new friends and learning the pressing issues they face. Tony’s current areas of engagement include water quality, oil and gas infrastructure, and the state legislature. One thing he’s learned through this is that it is only through building personal relationships and community involvement that positive change will be seen.


Somali Neighbors


Denise Ferguson grew up in small town Worland, Wyoming and moved to Sioux Falls, SD five years ago when she attended the University of Sioux Falls. She currently works downtown for Oland Arts Consulting and continues to pursue her interests of music and painting. She has recently moved into a studio at Exposure Gallery as another way to get involved with our community and to support her business as a fine arts painter specializing in portraits. To highlight one of those aspects of our Sioux Falls community, Denise will be sharing how spending time with our Somali refugee neighbors brought meaning and inspiration to her art and how those experiences have impacted her today.


Mind the Gap


Lisa Nolen shares anecdotes from her life and how she manages anxiety. Nolen moved to Sioux Falls 10 years ago as a stepping stone on a journey. She unexpectedly found the love of her life here, by way of a meddling sister and a shared love of ice cream and WWE wrestling. Together, Chad and Lisa love taking walks with their two young children, laughing uncontrollably at their own jokes, and serving others through their business development company, Serve Collective.
Growing up, her mom often said Lisa marched to the beat of a different drum. After years of growing up trying to fit in, she’s loving this part of the journey finding her own beat.


Shining a Light on My Fears

@ VOL 18 ON JUN 03, 2016

Matthew Rennels shares on facing some of the fears in his life. Rennels is a writer, author and blogger, who writes on topics of faith and fear. It all started for Matthew back in the early 2000s when he was in college and suddenly fell into a deep depression.  His world crashed and this landed Matt in years of darkness until he found escape through a new-found faith in God.

Matthew has a degree in journalism and worked as a reporter and editor for several newspapers, before entering the finance industry as a technical writer, where he’s worked for the past six years. He is also about to begin a creative writing Masters of Fine Arts program at Sierra Nevada College, which will keep him busy.

Matthew moved to Sioux Falls last August. He was previously living in Tampa, Florida, and though he misses the beaches and tropical weather, Tampa didn’t have the heart he has found in Sioux Falls. He is thrilled to be a part of this vibrant community.  


Where is My Mind

@ VOL 17 ON MAR 04, 2016

Leah Simmons is a graphic designer by day and roller derby player by night! Her passion for art and graphics is something that she carries through all aspects of her life, from volunteering her talents to local charities to her most recently creation of her own freelance design business, Sugar Skull Design. Just over a year ago, Leah suffered a traumatic brain injury during a roller derby game that not only challenged her perception of the world around her, but also art as a tool of self reflection and healing. 



Manufacturing Territories

@ VOL 17 ON MAR 04, 2016

Timmithea Chan teaches upper level architecture courses at South Dakota State University. She has taught Professional Design Studio, Whole Building Studio, Urban History and Building Technology classes. Timmithea earned her Masters of Architecture degree at Rice University, Houston. She is the principle of a young architecture research firm, the AURR Projects.  Her interest in the synergies between architecture, urbanism, infrastructure, and technology has led way to her body of work. Systematic approaches to design generate intelligence and complexity. Every motive for a project is an action-reaction stemming from an observed phenomenon in our ever-evolving social, political and built world. Timmithea always looks for opportunities for architecture in unsuspecting scenarios, envisioning it to take on unexpected narratives. Her family is from Hong Kong, and currently lives in Toronto. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, photography as well as spending time with her fiancé and her fluffball of a dog, named Momo.



The Big Dream

@ VOL 17 ON MAR 04, 2016

Anelis Cristina Coscioni was born and raised in Brazil where she graduated from a veterinary school. After finishing her Doctorate, she married Jorge Luna, moved to California, Idaho, Mexico and finally to Sioux Falls. Anelis was actually “made” here. When she arrived in Sioux Falls, she couldn’t work because of her Visa restrictions. She started volunteering and discovered a new, fantastic world in Non Profit. With the support of her husband and the help of a good friend, Charlie Day, she discovered that she could use her gifts doing what makes her really happy - helping others. While being a stay at home mom to the almost 4 years old Anita, Anelis, together with her Soroptimist club, started a free Toy Lending Library and, that, was when she started thinking big 



Permanent Sentiments and Exploration of Modern Tattooing

@ VOL 17 ON MAR 04, 2016

Tim Jewell is a tattoo artist from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has been tattooing for the last fourteen years and painting for the last seven. When looking at Tim's work the viewer can expect to see the influence of 14 years of tattooing, as well as inspiration from tattoo heroes such as; Sailor Jerry, Bert Grimm, Percy Waters, and Amund Dietzel. You can expect bold, bright and straight forward art with very little nonsense. "For me, painting is a way to perfect my craft, to get traditional American tattoo designs into the public eye, and to release some of the ideas I have floating In my head" Tim tattoos at Ink and Iron Tattoo Parlor in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.



Hanging by a Thread: Keeping Traditional Arts Alive


As an artist Ashley Rieck continually tries to maintain balance in her life. Spending most of her adolescence in South Dakota and the Midwest, she was fortunate to have a few special women that were willing to teach her traditional arts. From baking bread to cross stitch and embroidery, Ashley is fascinated with everything. Ultimately drawn to cross stitch and string art as it allows her to really focus on the task at hand and makes her use the analytical side of her brain. Over the years she has experimented with different ways to express herself through string.