John - an Oregon native. Thea - a Washington native. Both Woodinville, Washington residents and PNW Lifers. We met through a series of bad pictures of Thea taken by a mutual friend who chaperoned our first date.
We are both artistic people, John was homeschooled until high school and developed a boundary-less imagination, Thea growing up on an island with a limited amount of resources, they share an unconventional creative process. John has been working professionally with laser engravers for more than 8 years, along with various graphic design work for well over a decade. Thea has been involved in the maker's movement for 14 years, with a professional background and education in business management and accounting. Thea is also a founder of a women's flat track roller derby league.
Together we have a blended family with six children, four girls and two boys. John is the eldest of six and Thea is the youngest of six. Six seemed to be our number thus came the company name, 6 by 6 Arts.
Surrounded by immense natural beauty in the Pacific Northwest, we take a lot of inspiration from our own backyard. Lush evergreens, mountains, beautiful bodies of water, unique architecture and diverse communities. We also have a full life with six children ages 13-21 in our blended family that brings an array of humorous sayings and discussions that are inspiring. Thea always has a sketchbook by her side and will draw up images when inspiration hits. John then translates her drawings into "laser language" through graphics software for our laser that we own and operate out of our home studio.
We take pride in using American made materials, resources and machines. We also focus on using recycled materials like reclaimed wood from building salvage. We are hands on with our products. We hand clean, sand, paint, stain and package our products ourselves. We even create our own packaging in house with our laser. Laser work isn't simply hitting print on our machine. We spend a lot of hands on time with our work, which we feel makes our work stand out.