Heather Allen Hietala (formerly Allen-Swarttouw) is a studio artist creating with cloth, ceramic and mixed media. She received her BFA in painting and sculpture from the University of New Hampshire and her MFA in textiles from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth. She exhibited and taught throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Nepal, Thailand and Singapore. Creating a personal reference library of creative journals has given her insights and propelled her in her current creative explorations. She wrote “Journaling and My Creative Process” that appeared in the Summer 2003 issue of Surface Design Journal.