I am Talcon Quinn. I am a folk artist, educator & community event coordinator from Athens, Ohio. I have dedicated my life to learning traditional folk arts through mentorship in Appalachian, around the country, & abroad. I deeply value this style of learning because it weaves in other life lessons, teaching far more than just the art form.
As a teen I mentored artists in beading & silversmithing. I dedicated my early 20’s to working toward the preservation of old growth forest. Due to the unsustainability of the gemstone mining industry, I drifted away from silversmithing and instead sought out mentorships in basket weaving, traditional hide tanning, herbal remedies & traditional food practices. These studies inspired me to create jewelry again, in a way that links together my social & environmental values with contemporary & ancestral traditions that celebrate our common heritage.
I chose to settle back into the Appalachian foothills. I recognized that being generationally from a region is a unique tool to help inspire revitalization of Appalachia Ohio. I work toward this revitalization through teaching traditional crafts, making my art & coordinating community events that celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of Southeast Ohio.