LivLab Studios is a start up tiny house business as well as an artist workshop space owned and operated by Erin and Christopher Blaz. LivLab aims to support creativity and innovation with the overarching goal of collaborating with people who inspire a better way to live.
Endion Schichtel, Conservation Carnivale Founder and Lead Artist Endion currently works as an environmental educator for the Albuquerque Water Utility Authority and as a teacher naturalist for Elevation Children’s Learning Center Bosque Backpackers program. With a background in Conservation Biology from UNM, she has travelled the world teaching and learning about human interactions with nature. During her research and work in New Zealand, she witnessed the power that performance and visual arts has on people participation, and believes it to be the perfect medium for the people of Albuquerque to fall more in love with our special wild places.
Erin Blaz, Conservation Carnivale Collaborator, LivLab Studios Erin works as a teacher naturalist for the Elevation Children’s Center Bosque Backpackers program and as an educational contractor for Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District. Her master’s degree is in Ecological Teaching and Learning and she is deeply passionate about fostering place-consciousness in our community. She hopes that the Conservation Carnivale’s immersive experiences will keep ecological mind of Burquenos alive and keep people curious about our roles in the places we live and rely on.
Anna Welch is a traveling printmaker, muralist and artist for social change. She graduated from Maine College of Art in May, 2017 and has spent the following year and a half in AmeriCorps NCCC, doing carnival-themed artist residencies with Bread and Puppet, Carnival de Resistance, and exploring various forms of storytelling through shadow puppetry and “Crankie” making.
Her work encompasses various themes of feminism in relationship to the environment, travel, and personal narratives blending illustration, printmaking, and performance. When she is not making art, Anna likes to contra dance, juggle, and learn eclectic new skills in the realm of construction, organic farming, and banjo. While much of her work is done individually, Anna has been involved in many collaborative projects in spirit of service, social justice and creative education.
She hopes her mural work with Endion Schichtel’s Conservation Carnivále is a step towards getting kids excited about conserving water and resources within the Rio Grande watershed and creating a relationship with the Bosque forest.