Neil Freese is an artist, designer, illustrator, and arts educator who is dedicated to teaching people the power of their own creativity. 
He is the founder of Crafternoons, a monthly creative meetup that aims to teach people strategies for integrating a creative practice into their daily lives. Neil teaches design at the Berkeley Art Studio, is a member of the Time.Material art collective, and runs Dead Garden Studio, a printmaking and ceramic workshop.
He has 15 years of experience in higher education marketing and graphic design, and most recently served as the creative lead for the Marketing & Creative department of the ASUC Student Union at the University of California, Berkeley. 
Neil holds a master of science degree in journalism from Boston University and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Davis. He lives in Berkeley, Calif., with his wife, Emily, and his daughter, Marlow Poppy.
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